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Riders Share – Airbnb for motorcycles

Published: 20 January 2017

Ride sharing website allows users to rent out their motorcycles to other riders for significantly less than usual

If you’re not familiar with it, Airbnb has taken the rental world by storm. The website allows users to rent out their homes for short periods to anyone in the world and, while it has taken some criticism of late, it’s been a huge success. The key to its success is price – you can rent an apartment in the heart of a city often for half the cost of a hotel. Now Riders Share is looking to follow the same formula but for motorcycles

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Riders Share allows owners to list their motorcycles for rental on the website and choose a daily rate. The rate they set is entirely up to them but they’re all considerably cheaper than it would cost to rent a bike from a dealer. You can rent a Ducati 848 in California for $54 (approx. £44) per day or a Harley-Davidson Road King in New York for $43 (approx. £35). Riders Share also adds a daily fee of $15 onto the cost of each rental to cover insurance, which covers the bike and third parties up to $1 million.

There are some safeguards to protect both parties too, so Riders Share requires proof that all the vehicles are serviced to the manufacturer’s specifications and the riders must provide proof of their eligibility to ride the vehicle. As ever these schemes live and die on their uptake and, while the service is currently only available in the US, early uptake seems promising. So the big question is: would you let someone ride your pride and joy?

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