Twisted Road brings rider-to-rider rental service to motorcycle industry

Peer-to-peer service models have seen an explosive growth across the country in recent years, with companies like Uber and Airbnb normalizing the idea of sharing rides and homes with complete strangers.

A startup called Twisted Road has set out to bring this concept to the motorcycle industry. The service allows riders to rent a motorcycle to explore a new city on two wheels or test out the roads on a different ride.

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Source: Twisted Road

Motorcycles listed on Twisted Road must meet several criteria to be eligible for rental. Bikes must be legally registered in the United States, model year 2000 or newer, and have fewer than 50,000 miles. Some exceptions may be made for vintage motorcycles, but these listing are subject to additional review and specialty requirements.

Twisted Road does not accept listings for scooters, dirt bikes, trikes, or other non-motorcycle vehicles. Renters can browse their options by location, price, and make.

Potential renters register for Twisted Road using their driver’s license, riding history, and proof of insurance. The company screens motor vehicle reports to verify the rider’s current endorsement and investigate any past violations.

Renters meet owners at a mutually convenient location to get acquainted, exchange keys, and discuss any important info about the motorcycle before “checking out” on their phones. Owners are expected to deliver their motorcycle with a full tank of gas and renters return the favor. All riders must follow local, state, and federal helmet laws. Twisted Road encourages owners to provide renters with a helmet, but it’s not required.

Daily rental rates are set by the owner and generally reflect the bike type and local demand. Owners receive 70% of the rental fee by direct deposit to their PayPal account within about two weeks of the rental period.

While the company will cover up to $15,000 in damage, every renter is required to have an active motorcycle insurance policy.

Would you rent out your motorcycle to earn a few extra bucks, or does the idea of lending your motorcycle to a stranger make you uncomfortable?

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