Motorcycle Tour, Shipping, & Rental Info
This Web page is an attempt to provide useful information on bike
rentals and tours all over the world. It is targeted toward sport
touring bikers, but should work for riders of standard, touring, and
sports bikes. I have left out cruisers, both since I am not into that
style, and since they are well covered by other resources.
There are sections specifically for tours and rentals, but there are
a lot of the companies doing both. I don't always cross list, so do
check both lists. Someday I'll make this better... ;-)
Also, if you do patronize one of these outfits, I'd appreciate it
if you would mention now you learned of them. Mahalo!
Motorcycle Touring Lists
These are links to other lists. Some may be duds by now...
...OK, so most of them were duds and got removed.
BikeLinks Motorcycle Directory
- right here in Kona, one of the best lists
web Bike World
Some of these folks also rent bare bikes.
- Adventure Motorcycle Tours. They have bases in Switzerland and
California, and do tours there and also in Transylvania, India, China,
Israel, Honduras, Bolivia, and Patagonia. They can connect you with
tours in even more places. They also do motorcycle rentals in Europe
and the US, with an extensive list of places and bikes
Asian Motorcycle Adventures
- Tours of South East Asia, in Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, and Borneo.
Australian Motorcycle Adventures
- Located in Brisbane.
They say they have 40 Yamaha bikes, but most are probably dual sport,
off road, or cruisers. The one good road bike (they may have more
than one) is a XJ 900 Diversion. They offer both guided and unguided
- Tours of the Alps, Africa, South America and New Zealand. BMW
motorcycles. A very good company, but a bit expensive. The money
does get very good accomodations and food, though. I rode them in
South America in the Escape to Macchu Picchu Tour.
- Tours of the Alps, Norway, and New Zealand. BMW motorcycles. A
bit less professional, but more friendly than Edelweiss. Otherwise,
both companies are pretty much on a par as far as quality of the tour.
I did an Alpen tour with Beach's in 1997, Norway in 1999, and
New Zealand in 2002.
- Tours of Europe and the Alps, out of Germany. They offer a much
wider variety of bikes than the others, including Pans.
Central Italy Motorcycle Tours
- This is a new outfit headquartered in Rome. Their idea
is short tours in the central section of Italy. There are
either fixed tours, or they can customize for you. Bikes are
a mixed bunch. They also do simple bike rentals.
Coastline Motorcycle Tours and Rentals
- They say they are on Denman Island, which is off the coast of
Vancouver Island, on the left coast of Canada. They also say they
do BMW bikes, in addition to their traditional Harleys. No other
real info on the pages.
- Edelweiss is the grand champion of the Alpine tour. Currently they do
tours in the Alps in Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France.
They also do tours in Africa, England, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand,
and Spain. They use all BMW bikes in Europe.
You might try looking on my home page for some photos shot on my 1995
Edelweiss Alpen Tour. As of 2010 I have done Edelweiss tours in the Alps,
Spain, Scotland, Ireland, South Africa, Tuscany, and the Blue Ridge.
Great company to tour with.
- Tours of Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico. I believe they also do
bare bike rentals. Bikes include Gold Wing,
ST1100, Shadow, and BMW K bikes.
- Tours in Ladakh, Tibet, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, and Thailand.
Headquarters is in Kathmandu, Nepal, but they have contacts in the
UK, US, and Thailand. Bikes seem to be the appropriate and ever
popular Royal Enfield Bullet 500. Beautiful page.
Inca Moto Adventures
- Inca is located in Lima, Peru, and have several tours.
Bikes are Honda XR600's. Their web page is supurb.
- Looks like they have retired, but they still have a web page.
Their speciality was special tours. Offerings in 2000 were
Madagascar, Morocco, Bhutan, Mongolia, Rajasthan, Malaysia, Tibet, Vietnam,
Corscia, Sardinia, Cote d'Azur, Isle of Man, Ducati Factory Tour, Spain,
France, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, and Peru. They did tours in Spain,
Portugal, Morocco, and the French Pyrenees. Bikes are whatevers, but
I saw Royal Enfield's and Honda Transalp's.
Moto Aventura of Chile
- Tours of Chile on Yamaha XT600's. Web page is not too informative.
- Tours of Quebec. En Francais, SVP!
- Located in Milano, Italy, they offer guided tours of southern Italy,
Corsica and Sardinia. They are mostly into rentals -- see the
entry under rentals.
Phone is + 39-02.2720.1556.
Mountain to Sound Motorcycle Adventures
- Tours in the Pacific Notrhwest, and bike rentals. They do Beemers,
Harleys, Hondas, and ST1100.
They now have a ST1300, FJR, and a Concours. I have rented
from them twice, and recommend them highly.
New Zealand Motorcycle Rentals
- These folks have bases in Christchurch and
in Auckland. They do both tours and rentals. Bikes are
BMW, Harley, Honda, and Yamaha.
Northeastern Motorcycle Tours
- New England, Adirondacks & Canadian Maritimes. Offer ST1100's!
and many other bike options, including your own. Seems first rate,
good pages, and some good recommendations. And the Adirondacks can
surely be fun!
Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Holiday
- They are in Whistler, BC,
and have one of the neatest pages I've seen. They only have Triumph
bikes, but I can attest that the Tigre is one fine ride.
Siam Bike Travel
- Located in Chaing Mai, Thailand, they do
enduro type and 4WD tours in Thailand, Laos, and Burma.
Te Waipounamu Motorcycle Hire and Tours
- A New Zealand outfit, based in Christchurch, but are also
in Auckland. They have lots
of bikes, and lots of options, including rentals. Bikes are
Buell, BMW, Ducati, Harley, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha. They also
handle the New Zealand tours marketed by Beach. I have done a
Beach Maori Meander tour, and it is highly recommended. I'll try
to make it back to NZ, and I'll probably just rent a bike from John
and set out on my own.
Triumph Bike Tours of Greece and Turkey
- I suppose the title says it, but they have bikes other than Triumphs,
and even some cars. There are lots of tours, but the Web page is a bit
busy and hard to digest.
Shipping a Motorcycle to Europe
- One person's notes on how to get you bike to Europe. Also has a
bunch of other stuff at the bottom.
Companies which ship motorcycles
- A listing of address, some
with email and/or Web links, of companies which ship bikes, both
within the US and around the world.
Berklay Air Express
- They ship bikes anywhere, and have been
at it for a long time. Their email is email@example.com
- No real experience here, but Lufthansa is supposed to
offer a very good air service direct to Germany. Apparently they have
a lot of experience, and the hassles are minimized. You ride on the
plane with your bike. (If anyone has more info, please mail to me -
You might also check under tours in the area you are interested in.
Many of the tour people seem to work with rental organizations, and
this might provide you a good contact where you can eventually work
And, some of these folks also offer tours, although that is not
their main thing. Many will assist with self-tour plans, such as
routes, maps, hotels, etc.
- Adventure Motorcycle Tours. They have bases in Switzerland and
California, and do tours and motorcycle rentals in Europe
and the US. Rentals vary from site to site. Bikes available in Europe are
BMW, Ducati, HD, Honda, KTM, Suzuki, Triumph, and Yamaha. European locations
are Bologna, Busseto, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Madrid, Malaga,
Milan, Munich, Rome, and Zurich. In North America the bikes available are fewer
and limited to BMW, HD, and Honda. The rent in Boston, Calgary, Denver, Las Vegas,
Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver.
They say they can help you in other places.
A GOGO Motorcycle Rentals
- Also seem to have quit the rental business!
Located in Morgantown, NC, this outfit rents BMW R, RS, RT 1100's,
and K75's. They are perfectly located between the Charlotte/Douglas
International Airport and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Albuquerque Motorcycle Rentals
- These folks have a bunch
of Harleys, a Virago, a Magna, and an old model Gold Wing. Prices
seem high, and I would strongly suggest you read the fine print in
the terms. See my remarks about the apparently defunct Cruising
Southwest, below. I sense similarities.
- Located in Frankfurt/Main, they have a
large selection of bikes from Honda and BMW, including
ST1100. Their rates
have a distance limit, so the effective price may be much higher for
a long distance rider.
Aussie Biker Tours and Rentals
- They are 90 km north of Brisbane. Rentals now are Ducati's, Harley and
Yamaha cruisers, and Yamaha trail bikes. They say they will soon have a
Blue Ridge Motorcycles, Inc.
- These folks are about 50 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia, and rent
three models of BMW K75's. They also do one tour in North Carolina
BMW Motorcycles of Houston
- The only exclusive BMW rental place in Texas. They rent a small range
of BMW's -- LT, RT, and GS, and probably not current year. There are
lots of rules, but not that unusual. Two day and weekly rates aren't
California Motorcycle Rental
- They have offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver,
New York. They rent BMW bikes, and can offer one way rentals to their
- These are the guys who mainly rent the big RV's. In fact, now
that's all they rent. Seems they are out of the motorcycle
Cycle BC Rentals
- They have offices in both Vancouver and Victoria British Columbia,
both conveniently located. They rent Concours, VFR 800,
Bandit 800, KLR 650, several types of cruisers, and a whole list of
smaller bikes -- 600 and down. And, they do bicycles and scooters.
On the down side, mileage allowance is only 300 Km per day.
- This is a large travel agency in Overton, Hampshire, UK. They bill
themselves as the world's no. 1 motorcycle travel agency. Maybe you
don't want to book with them, but you should at least take a look at
their listings of bikes available in what parts of the world. More
US listings here that any place else, including this page.
- Located in Milano, Italy, they have many kinds of bikes from
scooters to Ducati 996, BMW LT, Aprila, etc. They have a lot of
different Ducati models, and almost the entire BMW line. There is
also much information on the site about riding in Italy and Europe.
They will handle insurance for your bike, and they even do bike
storage. They are near enough to the Alps to make for a great trip.
Phone is + 39-02.2720.1556.
Northwest Motorcycle Adventures
- This company is in Portland, Oregon, near PDX. They are a bit different in that they have a trailer and deliver the bikes to you. It seems they may also deliver and pick up outside what are considered normal hours. They only have Vstroms, but also rent full riding gear. They do a few tours, and may help with setting up individual rides. Watch out for that testamonial on the first page -- it ripped up FireFox on one of my systems. It is worth the read however, so try another browser if you witness carnage.
ride the world.com
- This is a travel service site which may assist you in finding
rentals all over the world. Do not click on the big "Click me"
thing at the top. Use the "Ride where?" links instead. They
don't give you links to the dealers, but only have a contact
form you have to fill out. Still, it might be useful.