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Hi all,

I know this question comes kinda late as myself plus my four friends have already signed up for five rental GoldWings from Eagleriders Chicago for Aug 28th for our CCR trip...

But anyway, as I have learned quite recently that there might be restrictions riding a rental bike in some states I asked Eagleriders if this is just urban legend or is it true.

I got the following answer:

"YES WWW.DOT.GOV/"

Wow, if that is what they call customer service at Eagleriders I'm surprised... Perhaps my question was really dumb or trivial but I would have assumed that a company earning its living in rental bike business would have an information package already collected...

We plan to visit at least IL, WI, MN, ND, SD, CO, TX, CA, Nevada,
Nebraska, NM...

So I wonder if I could get some info from here...

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Re: Rental bike riding restrictions

Only restriction that I know with rental cars is that you can not take it to Mexico. Canada is OK.

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Hi all,

I know this question comes kinda late as myself plus my four friends have already signed up for five rental GoldWings from Eagleriders Chicago for Aug 28th for our CCR trip...

But anyway, as I have learned quite recently that there might be restrictions riding a rental bike in some states I asked Eagleriders if this is just urban legend or is it true.

I got the following answer:

"YES WWW.DOT.GOV/"

Wow, if that is what they call customer service at Eagleriders I'm surprised... Perhaps my question was really dumb or trivial but I would have assumed that a company earning its living in rental bike business would have an information package already collected...

We plan to visit at least IL, WI, MN, ND, SD, CO, TX, CA, Nevada,
Nebraska, NM...

So I wonder if I could get some info from here...

Regards

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Contact THIS GUY . He rents BMW motorcycles here in Texas & may be able to answer your questions.

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My guess is they are pointing you there to see the requirements for helmet use, eye protection, riding gear, etc. on a state to state basis. Of course that's about the most useless link they can send you to. If you guys plan to ride with helmets and your regular riding gear I don't think you have anything to worry about.

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Re: Rental bike riding restrictions

All any state cares about is if you have insurance and you're complying with their particular helmet law...


You'll be fine... In that respect.
The place you're renting from knows you're going to be touring right ?
They might have restrictions on where you can take the bike. Like can't leave Illinois...

Beyond that you shouldn't have an issue...

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From the description of your travel plans, the biggest concern I would have is daily mileage restrictions. How many miles per day are you allowed and what is the per mile charge over that figure? If there is an option of an additional daily charge, I would selct that option so you are not limited to the daily limit.

I would bring my passport, International license and insurance card, and not worry about any state restrictions. I'm not aware of any rule limiting the riding of a rental bike in any of the 50 states.

Not that you are looking to take on a constitutional battle but it would be my opinon that such a rule would be unconstitutional as a violation of the Commerce Clause (Article 1 Section 8, Clause 3) of the U.S. Constitution. So, if you get stopped just cite the United State Constitution to the officer who will have no idea what you are talking about. (That is a joke and probably not a good idea.)

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I have rented cars in CA and in the rental contract stating not to cross into another state , it was something about the rental $ would be higher if I were to drive into Nevada .
Not a law thing me thinks

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Re: Rental bike riding restrictions

Thanks for the replys guys,

we have rented the bikes on a one-way basis meaning that we will drop the bikes off in Los Angeles. This is in our rental contract so it should be obvious to Eagleriders that we will go outside of Illinois...

Will will ride ATTGATT as we do at home, my helmet is Schuberth J1 which I don't know if it is DOT approved or not..but in any case it IS a helmet and not just a scarf or leather cap...

We know that the Wings are not allowed to be ridden on gravel roads so we try to avoid them as we would do with our own bikes as well.

As far as daily travelling is concerned, we have unlimited mileage in our contract and we plan to do only one or two 1200 km days on our trip. The rest will be 300 - 600 km / day.

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Only restriction that I know with rental cars is that you can not take it to Mexico. Canada is OK.
Funny thing is when I go to Puerto Penasco (AKA Rocky Point), MX I see lots of rental cars regitered in AZ, and the snow birds tell me they fly in to Phoenix, rent a car, and drive down to MX...

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Re: Rental bike riding restrictions

From experience....

I rent from Eaglerider at least three times a year when I visit the lower 48. The only restriction that I have ever been informed of is "No dirt or gravel roads". My next rental is in September when I'm renting a bike in San Francisco and riding to Washington, D.C.

Funny, most riders feel that a trip up here is a ride of their life time.

Me? Going to scratch this ride off my Bucket List.

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The Iron Butt Rally runs every other year. It lasts 11 days and covers 11,000 miles. The 2009 Iron Butt Rally starts in two weeks.

Hard Miles is a great film about the 2007 Iron Butt Rally. (http://www.apgvideo.com/ironbutt07/index.htm)

In the film, Lisa Landry, the rallymaster, quotes one participant who came from overseas, saying, "I think I may have voided the rental policy."

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....I know this question comes kinda late as myself plus my four friends have already signed up for five rental GoldWings from Eagleriders Chicago for Aug 28th for our CCR trip.....But anyway, as I have learned quite recently that there might be restrictions riding a rental bike in some states I asked Eagleriders if this is just urban legend or is it true......I got the following answer: "YES WWW.DOT.GOV/"......Wow, if that is what they call customer service at Eagleriders I'm surprised.....Perhaps my question was really dumb or trivial but I would have assumed that a company earning its living in rental bike business would have an information package already collected......
Well Ari, you hit the nail right on the head when you questioned customer service. Don't know how long it's been since you have been to Amerika, but let me tell you, customer service is DEAD.....No such thing anymore! If you find a business that actually knows what this is, ALWAYS let everyone on the site know so we can patronize them.

The site you were directed to is virtually WORTHLESS! A bunch of worthless HACKS, bragging about blowing billions of our tax dollars, and slapping each other on the back at how well they do it!

Sorry, allow me to move my huge, fat ass off the soapbox..... Anywho, to answer your question: any "restriction" on your movement, etc, of rental vehicles must be printed clearly on said contract. Example: if you cannot leave the state from which you rented the vehicle, you would see something like, "Removing this vehicle from the state of ____________ is prohibited and a violation of this rental agreement." Mexico: "Taking this vehicle into Mexico is prohibited and a violation of this rental agreement."....You get the picture. As I "discussed" with the last rental agency that got a little silly and threatened to take "action" against me--I asked them to show me the prohibition on the rental contract? We're done!

Enjoy your trip in the states and stay safe!

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