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Hello Victorians! :)

I want to fly to US this September for a two week coast-to-coast trip (start somewhere between Philadelphia-Colorado and finish in Phoenix, AZ).

I've decided that I want to ride a Cross Country Tour for this trip but can't to find where to rent a one (one-way rest is the problem). Harleys and BMWs are not a problem, but I want Victory!

So can someone help with renting advice?

Thanks.
 

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This is the first thing I've found- this is the link where I left off- but you might have to navigate back to the start page:

http://www.eaglerider.com/vehicle-list.aspx?ManfID=13


www.eaglerider.com

It lets you choose dates, pick up/ drop off locations, etc.. Doesn't look awful @ about $143.00 per day USD, but I'm guessing they require a hefty deposit..


edit: ewwwwwwww... $800.00 vehicle drop off fee? and about $3k deposit depending on what else you might sign up for..

http://www.eaglerider.com/vehicle-accessories.aspx?ComponentID=24178
 

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Thanks, I've tried from Ohio to Phoenix during Sep 12-26.

$600 drop off fee + 350 for Damage waiver + $350 for SLI ~= $3100 + $1000 deposit.
Does not look like advertised $110/day :(

By the way, what do they mean by "E-VIP is NOT Insurance." So what do they refer by insurance? SLI?
 

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Renting a motorcycle is an expensive venture... break it down and see where you can save.

Rental = X$/day... this is usually a fixed amount, but try to negotiate up front. ie. free miles or reduced rate on miles.

Clothing and riding gear = some items furnished free... some for a price. Bring your own or ship your own ahead, and then ship back home.

Insurance = X$/day and is the most expensive insurance you will ever purchase. Find out if your own insurance will cover and to what extent... call your agent and negotiate coverage for anything else that you want to be covered that your homeowners or vehicle insurance doesn't cover. An umbrella insurance package is relatively cheap... around $150 - $200 for a million dollars.

All in all, proper prep and sorting out the details in advance leads to a more enjoyable adventure.
 

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Insurance = X$/day and is the most expensive insurance you will ever purchase. Find out if your own insurance will cover and to what extent... call your agent and negotiate coverage for anything else that you want to be covered that your homeowners or vehicle insurance doesn't cover. An umbrella insurance package is relatively cheap... around $150 - $200 for a million dollars.
I'm not familiar with US insurance system, so if you can help me to clarify:
I've found that there are three aspect of insurance:
  • Damage waiver (E/VIP) to cover for MY vehicle repairs in case of accident.
  • Supplemental Liability Insurance - to cover body / vehicle damage of the third party
  • My personal travel insurance to cover my body damage
Anything else that I'm missing?
 

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I'm not familiar with US insurance system, so if you can help me to clarify:
I've found that there are three aspect of insurance:
  • Damage waiver (E/VIP) to cover for MY vehicle repairs in case of accident.
  • Supplemental Liability Insurance - to cover body / vehicle damage of the third party
  • My personal travel insurance to cover my body damage
Anything else that I'm missing?
Insurance can be complicated and the advice of a general agent who puts together a package just for you can be invaluable. Fostering a good relationship with a respectable general agent should be topmost on a persons list of things to do in life... IMHO. They can save you both money and heartache by tailoring your insurance needs.

With that said, not all insurance agents and/or companies have your well being in mind. All one can do is proceed with caution and slowly establish a trusting relationship.

The reason that I did not directly answer your questions is that I am not an insurance agent and do not know enough information to tailor a policy to meet your needs... my advice is for you to find one who can. It doesn't cost a penny to do so.
 

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Insurance can be complicated
Due to time constraints, I've tended to rent bikes when I ride on the other side of the country to avoid long boring rides across interstates that hold no interest to me.

Living in Ohio and having an insurance guy for a brother in law, I learned that in our state, insurance goes with the driver. IOW, if I wreck my car my insurance covers it. If I wreck your car my insurance still covers it. Hence, I've never bothered taking additional insurance when renting bikes.

That isn't the case across the nation. A rental place guy outside of Seattle told me that out there insurance goes with the vehicle and he was currently tied up with a case where two buddies rented bikes from him. They traded bikes at some point during their trip and one of the buddies wrecked. His additional expensive rental insurance policy only covered him on the bike he was renting. Understandably, he wasn't too happy, but da law iz da law and he was now responsible for buying himself a wrecked bike.
 
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