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San Antonio Bike Rental
« on: March 12, 2023, 08:15:31 PM »
Iíll be in San Antonio for a few days later this month and Iím thinking of renting a bike and hitting the Twisted Sisters. Any recommendations for rentals?  Google shows several places but none of them have a great average review.
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Re: San Antonio Bike Rental
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2023, 09:55:48 PM »
I rented a Honda CB160 in 1969 when I was in San Antonio for training. I hadn't ridden since September 1968 and was itching to get on a bike, any kind of a bike. I rented the 160 and a short later it quit running. From what I knew later by working in a bike rental shop in Denver at night after being stationed there. We had 160's and 305 Super Hawks. The 160's were prone to valve train failure so I am pretty sure that is what happened. The rental shop tried to get me to pay for the repair, I refused and left. I didn't over rev it nor miss a shift or abuse the bike in any manner. Working in the bike rental shop I saw all kinds of abuse and damage. The Honda dealer down the street kept a pretty good stock of the usual breakage parts for us.
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Re: San Antonio Bike Rental
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2023, 11:17:25 AM »
Why not just bring your bike?  That is what I do.




You may look for one of those ride sharing apps where individuals rent their personal motorcycles out to help with their payments.
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2023, 01:09:32 PM »
I was in the Army, this was a temporary training assignment and on top of that I didn't own a car. At my permanent duty station I had my R50/2 shipped from home Ct to Denver. Cost me a whole $65.   :grin:
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Re: San Antonio Bike Rental
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2023, 02:47:41 PM »
Have you checked Riders Share ?  It is a website where people rent out the motorcycle they own.  I've done that a few times. 
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Re: San Antonio Bike Rental
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2023, 02:59:50 PM »
Have you checked Riders Share ?  It is a website where people rent out the motorcycle they own.  I've done that a few times.

Just checked myself (curious), seems like a lot of nice bikes to rent!

In the end, you are renting a bike from a person ... I've had rentals that were great (guy spent some time going over the bike and some tips on settings), and one odd one where the guy acted like I was bothering him (Sat 8am pickup time, buy hey, he agreed to it). 

There may be a "first time renter" discount code they give you as well. 
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Re: San Antonio Bike Rental
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2023, 07:32:58 PM »
I've thought about putting my V7 on the site. They are pretty indestructible so probably couldn't be damaged from aggressive riding other than dumping it. Although would someone else treat it with respect or beat the crap out of it?
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2023, 07:41:58 PM »
I've thought about putting my V7 on the site. They are pretty indestructible so probably couldn't be damaged from aggressive riding other than dumping it. Although would someone else treat it with respect or beat the crap out of it?
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I do wonder if someone renting from an individual would treat it decently compared to the stories I hear about rental cars from agencies. 
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Re: San Antonio Bike Rental
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2023, 07:53:54 PM »
If you want to deliver your V7 to San Antonio I promise to take care of it, otherwise I'll check out Riders Share, there's a nice FJ1300 on there that would be OK for a couple days.

Thanks for the advice.
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Re: San Antonio Bike Rental
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2023, 08:02:06 PM »
Following up:  I ended up renting a wethead BMW GSA from Riders Share and had a great ride through the Texas hill country.  Didn't get to do the twisted sisters due to time constraints but still had a great ride.  Give the Willow Loop a try if you're ever near Fredericksburg, very beautiful in spring.

I asked the owner about his experience renting to strangers and he said he's only had a couple of problems, everyone else treated the bike well.  This particular bike had 92K on the clock but still ran very well and looked nice. 
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Re: San Antonio Bike Rental
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2023, 04:59:36 AM »
We just get a Harley. They can be rented just about anywhere and are a good setup for me and the missus.  Tried to rent a Gold Wing on three occasions and were never successful.  The ride share idea sounds interesting.  It's nice to hear that you had a good experience with it.
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Re: San Antonio Bike Rental
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2023, 12:22:46 PM »
Following up:  I ended up renting a wethead BMW GSA from Riders Share and had a great ride through the Texas hill country.  Didn't get to do the twisted sisters due to time constraints but still had a great ride.  Give the Willow Loop a try if you're ever near Fredericksburg, very beautiful in spring.

Thanks for the tip.  I will be in Austin for a few days in May and just looked up the Willow Loop.
I found a few different ways on internet to tackle that loop. Which way did you go?
Will probably rent from Revival Cycles.
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Re: San Antonio Bike Rental
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2023, 07:19:11 AM »
I took Old Willow Road out of Fredericksburg thinking that was the start of the loop.  It isn't the official start but adds about 5 miles of similar road with virtually no traffic.  At the north end of the loop you can take a right on 16 for a few miles and turn left when you see the Enchanted Rock state park sign.  That road takes you through Luckenbach (didn't see Waylon) and back to Fredericksburg.  After a midwestern winter every road down there was great so it's hard to make a wrong turn. 
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Re: San Antonio Bike Rental
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2023, 10:53:31 AM »
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Re: San Antonio Bike Rental
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2023, 01:16:51 PM »
Thanks for the tip.  I will be in Austin for a few days in May and just looked up the Willow Loop.
I found a few different ways on internet to tackle that loop. Which way did you go?
Will probably rent from Revival Cycles.

I didn't know they rented.  I knew they built custom bikes. 

To the subject, I was in San Antonio last Oct, I went to a multi brand Japanese store, Beemer store and Ducati store, none had a very good selection even by Okla City standards.  Can't speak for the Harley or rental places, just my observation.
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Re: San Antonio Bike Rental
« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2023, 06:05:21 PM »
That's a nice loop...and a stop in Luckenbach is always a fun one.  Was just out there a few weeks ago as well picking up stops on the Grand Tour of Texas ride.

South of Luckenbach as you hang a right out of the town takes you on a nice ride to Sisterdale, you can also stop at the Bat Cave (old Train Tunnel).

46 from Boerne to Bandera is very nice, and then heading back thru Helotes back to San Antonio is also a fun sweeping road.  Breakfast at the OSA in Bandera is a nice easy choice too...

Above Fredericksburg there is a route that takes you to Sandy...similar to the one to Enchanted Rock...great twists and turns.

Of course, there is a wonderful Vintage motorcycle museum in Johnson City...definitely worth a stop.  5 Guzzis in the museum to take a look at, one is a Daytona on loan from Mike at MPH.

Sounds like you had a great time!  Always nice to ride this area.

If you want some GREAT gelato, there's a nice new stop outside of Fredericksburg called Oro Bianco...if I recall it's made from Buffalo milk (I think)...and of course about 50 wineries to choose from, along with a new Whiskey bar on the road...lots of attractions!
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Re: San Antonio Bike Rental
« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2023, 02:17:21 PM »
I didn't know they rented.  I knew they built custom bikes.
It seems they participate in the Riders Share program.

That's a nice loop...and a stop in Luckenbach is always a fun one.  Was just out there a few weeks ago as well picking up stops on the Grand Tour of Texas ride.
Thanks for the pointers, PJR.
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Re: San Antonio Bike Rental
« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2023, 06:04:11 PM »
There used to be a Sunday/Saturday morning ride from San Antonio to Bandera for breakfast.   Don't know if it still rolls or not. 

There are couple of bike museums in the Hill Country.  The three twisted sister routes.   I like Fredericksburg to stay.  I got a good deal at La Quinta there.  Go to Llano for BBQ, go for the beef ribs.  Of course San Antonio river walk is a geat place to party, I'd spend a night or two there and the head F'burg to base my riding.
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