By Robbie Barajas / Director J&P Cycles

EagleRider has been a leader in motorcycle rentals since 1992. In 2017, the company partnered with Harley-Davidson to bring rentals into most Harley dealerships. On a recent company trip, a group of us were planning a run from Dallas to Austin and I needed a bike to ride. Luckily, Maverick Harley-Davidson is only a few miles from our corporate offices and EagleRider had a wide selection of Harleys for me to choose from - Electra Glide, Street Glide, Road Glide, Heritage Classic, Road King, Low Rider, and the Sportster, all in 2019 models. Availability differs from dealership to dealership, which you can easily check online. Bikes ranged in price from $120 to $170 per-day, and the rates go lower if you book for multiple days. I’ve been itching to ride one of Harley’s new Softails, so I picked up a 2019 Low Rider with only a handful of miles on its odometer.

Getting the rental process started online was a breeze. Simply choose the pickup location, drop off location, the dates you need it, and then you can start going through the smorgasbord of Harleys the dealership has to offer. One of the best things about the new partnership with Harley-Davidson is you have the option of leaving the bike at a different dealership if you’re doing a one-way trip. Once you arrive to pick up your wheels you will have to sign a few forms and show your motorcycle endorsement. Motorcycle helmets are provided with the package if you don’t have one but I brought my own full-face helmet. Honestly, it’s a pretty standard process, much like renting a car. There’s a handful of options EagleRider offers to the base package, from supplemental liability insurance to roadside assistance. I chose to add the Theft and Damage Waiver, a $35 per-day option that basically says all damage is covered, which is a good way to CYA because you never know what might happen out on the road.

Thanks Maverick Harley-Davidson and EagleRider for making the motorcycle rental process quick and easy. 

Once we were done with the paperwork the service associate did an admirable job going over the bike and any options, accessories, or features it had. This is not the time to be shy, ask questions and they will help. The bike itself was perfect for me. At 6-feet-tall, the Low Rider was very comfortable and its forward-mounted controls gave me all the leg room I needed. The dealership added highway bars, too, giving me even more space to stretch out. After several hours of riding the seat still felt comfy and coupled with the Softail’s suspension, I felt fresh the entire ride. The Milwaukee-Eight 107 provided more than enough power, especially off the line, and overall I was extremely pleased with its performance. It was pretty easy on the eyes, too.

The 2019 Harley Low Rider we rented from EagleRider only had a handful of miles on it. They added a windscreen, highway bars, and a sissy bar to make it an even better touring machine. 

I would recommend the EagleRider motorcycle rental program based on the easy transaction process, customer service, and excellent choices in models. However, the more I thought about the program, the more I recognized another good reason to rent from EagleRider. Personally, I’ve been looking for a new bike but haven’t been very aggressive about it mainly because I am not 100% sure what I want and price tags are high. The EagleRider program gave me the ability to rent a brand-new bike and try it out much more in-depth than a simple test ride. This gives me a lot more confidence when making a big decision like plunking down the dough for a new motorcycle. Bottom line, the process is as easy as renting a car but comes with the bonus of the fun riding on two wheels offers!