Five tips for renting a motorcycle in Europe

Five tips for renting a motorcycle in Europe

For passionate motorcycle enthusiasts, there's no better way to explore a country's beauty than to ride freely into the wind on a motorcycle. However, renting a motorcycle for a long trip in Europe may sound a little daunting, but you can take steps to make the motorcycle trip as smooth as possible. Renting a motorcycle is usually a little more expensive than renting a car, but the adrenaline and scenery that comes with the process are unmatched by a car.

Organizing a motorcycle tour

If you want to consider taking a motorcycle holiday in Europe, a useful option is to join one of the motorcycle holidays available throughout the continent. These will help do a lot of the work for you, being able to arrange any visas and refueling points, and will also arrange motorcycle rentals on your behalf. While it may not give you the freedom to roam, most of these routes will use some of the spectacular roads around the country.

Organizing a motorcycle tour

Check your insurance coverage

One of the first things to do when renting a motorcycle is to contact the rental office to see what kind of insurance coverage you will receive as a renter and whether it is worth upgrading your insurance. If the rental office does not provide insurance for the rental bike, check if you have previously purchased any accident insurance that could provide some sort of insurance coverage while you are traveling abroad or renting a motorcycle bike. Riding a motorcycle in a different country can be exhilarating, but it's a good idea to have such safety measures in place in case different driving habits bring about an accident.

Border crossing points

The introduction of the Schengen agreement between 26 European countries in 1995, has meant that border crossings are almost a thing of the past for most people traveling in Central and Western Europe. However, some countries such as Switzerland, Norway, and the United Kingdom have chosen to be excluded from this agreement, which means that countries in cross-border transit will require further checks. For motorcycle travelers to the U.S., please ensure that you have a passport, insurance documents, and, if necessary, visa documents available for inspection.

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Driving habits in Europe

Driving standards in Europe are generally quite good, and in most of Europe, cars drive on the right side of the road, except in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. When you are driving on a multi-lane freeway or freeway, the overtaking lane is just that, so drivers will expect you to pull back into the right-hand lane after overtaking. Speed limits are also common and regularly enforced in continental Europe, and these limits are used to designate the entire continent.

Protecting your motorcycle at night

For the most part, riding in Europe is usually safe and there is little to fear from theft. However, there is no reason to let your guard down and it is still essential to ensure that your motorcycle is stored safely.
To secure your motorcycle, a well-fixed disc lock is essential. It is best not to leave any saddle bags or luggage on the motorcycle at night. If the hotel provides parking in front of the building, then ask the staff if you can park your motorcycle in the staff parking lot to avoid having others find out that theft has occurred.
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