Pablo Espinosa was invited to HertzRide.eu last fall to experience the newly launched rental and touring service. Hertz Ride’s business model has been working so well in the EU that they’ve brought it to the U.S. He recently reunited with the folks from Hertzride.eu in Las Vegas, NV where they launched their U.S. base of operations.
(Click HERE to read Pablo's report on HertzRide.eu ride)
Hertz Ride USA begins in what were identified as the two most important tourism destinations on the West Coast: Las Vegas, Nevada and greater Los Angeles (Riverside), California. And, as Pablo writes this, they’re in negotiations for opening more rental/tour locations in Long Beach, CA, Chicago and San Francisco. What’s nice is that all but one location are located in BMW dealerships for your convenience.
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Hertz Ride rents out new or nearly new (less than 12 months old) BMW motorcycles and also offer multi-day tours with the same bikes. There are currently six models to choose from: F750GS, R1250GS, R1250RT, R Nine T Scrambler, K1600B, and the K1600GA. Included in the rental fee are a luggage system, unlimited miles, and heated grips (select models only).
If you don’t want to lug your own riding gear, each Hertz Ride location will feature REV’IT! riding apparel and NEXX helmets available for rent to make your travel as seamless as possible, while still providing a high level of protection. Any products the traveler wishes to purchase at the end of the trip can be drop shipped directly to his or her home address. The addition of REV’IT! gear and NEXX helmets at every Hertz Ride USA location will be both a service to the consumer, and an opportunity to continue educating the end user on the benefits of quality protective motorcycle apparel and gear. Cardo Intercom Systems and phone brackets are also available for rent.
Tours range from 8 to 19 days, included are preselected local cuisine for breakfast and dinner as well as thoughtfully chosen motorcycle-friendly hotels along the majestic American byways of your route. (You cover your own lunch and fuel.) Typically, you ride anywhere between 3 to 6 hours a day led by a professional motorcycle tour guide with knowledge of the local sites. And there’s a support vehicle for optional luggage transportation.
Hugo Ramos, Hertzride’s Country Manager tells me that the tour leader always wears a Cardo comm unit, thus you can bring your own comm system or rent one to be in touch with the tour leader and perhaps other tour participants.
For more info, check out Hertzride.com