Start-up aims to become the Airbnb of motorcycle rentals

Have you ever been on a business trip or vacation and found yourself wishing you could take your motorcycle for a spin? Unfortunately, unless you rode to your destination, this is easier said than done. After a number of disappointing experiences attempting to rent a motorcycle in other cities, one motorcycle enthusiast was inspired to develop a solution.

Steve Sharp’s start-up, Speed Stable, applies the peer-to-peer market platform employed by popular apps like Uber and Airbnb to give motorcyclists the opportunity to ride anytime, anywhere.

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Photo courtesy of Speed Stable.

How does it work?

The concept of Speed Stable is simple. Motorcycle owners who don’t have a lot of time to ride can make quick and easy money by listing their bike(s) on the company’s app and website. Riders looking to rent a motorcycle input the zip code of the city they are visiting and their desired motorcycle criteria, and then browse the available models before selecting the option that best suits their needs. All payments are made using credit cards on the app or site, and riders who reserve a bike for multiple days can qualify for discounts.

All members who list a motorcycle on Speed Stable are required to have insurance. Riders will be asked to indicate their insurance status, and have the option of purchasing a supplemental package similar to those available when renting other types of vehicles.

When will it be available?

The service will launch in Nashville and Atlanta before rolling out in New Orleans, along the West Coast and eventually the Midwest. Members will also have access to The Speed Journal, a curated collection of the best places to ride, eat, drink and stay across the country.

The Speed Stable app is expected to launch early next spring.

Would you use this service to rent a motorcycle in another city, or consider listing your bike for other riders to rent? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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