Motorcycle Hire in Goa

#1 Apr 12th, 2011, 23:53
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Hi all,
My wife and I will be off to Goa in November and want to make the most of our first trip to India. I'm an experienced motorcyclist and thought that hiring a decent sized bike might be the best way to cover the most ground and get to see as much as possible.
Does anyone have any experience of motorcycle hire in Goa, and if so could you pass on any advice that you think might be useful. Even if it's just to say "Don't do it!!"
Any bike hired will need to be fairly large (750cc +) to cope with the two of us, so if it's just mopeds then I guess that's the end of it!
Look forward to any advice.
Rob
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I have not seen any bikes larger than 350cc available for hire in Goa.
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Speeds are very low in India, roads are awful, and traffic is demented...........why exactly do you think you need a 750?

Such bikes are almost non-existent anywhere east of the Gulf, until you hit the USA, with 250's being a big bike (apart from the neolithic Enfield), at least in the "for hire" market, as they will have cost a fortune to buy.

Perhaps you need to re-examine your motivation?
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Just a word of caution here, I have heard that most bike owners patronize gangs of bike rogues who track the client down and steal his bike. Then the owner confronts the client and demands that he pay approx 50% of the bike cost as a guarantee, while the insurance claim comes through!! Always inquire about the reputation of the person renting out the bike.
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Hi
Thanks to gptrpro, it is very risky in renting a bike in Goa or when ever I will rent a bike in Goa , i will search for a Bajaj scooter or a very old Rajdoot bike, nobody will steal these vehicles

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Alok
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I second gptrpro.
Not personally confronted such situation but heard from here and there.
By the way 750+ cc of bike?
What the hell is he going to do with so much extra of HP and CC!
I dont think if he is palnning to tow away his wagon with such a large and powerful bike!
But again he may have his own reservations regarding the power of the bike only he knows better.
#7 Apr 18th, 2011, 05:10
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rob and his wife must be on the heavier side and they have their luggage as well. maybe. like johnny_five says 350 cc would be the only option and it should serve the purpose, else get a car. though johnny_five should be able to enlighten me on how good a car is for travelling around goa
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Car and bike cannot be compared.
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Originally Posted by gptrpro View Post Just a word of caution here, I have heard that most bike owners patronize gangs of bike rogues who track the client down and steal his bike. Then the owner confronts the client and demands that he pay approx 50% of the bike cost as a guarantee, while the insurance claim comes through!! Always inquire about the reputation of the person renting out the bike.
Haven't heard of that one.

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Originally Posted by goangoangone View Post Haven't heard of that one.

OT: but i guess better than opening a new thread?

@goan could you please give me some pointers to good car rentals in colva and an idea of the rates. I would need it for 4 days in the 2nd week of june thankss
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@goan could you please give me some pointers to good car rentals in colva and an idea of the rates. I would need it for 4 days in the 2nd week of june thankss
I can't think of any proper rentals but I'll have a sniff around.

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Just a word of caution here, I have heard that most bike owners patronize gangs of bike rogues who track the client down and steal his bike. Then the owner confronts the client and demands that he pay approx 50% of the bike cost as a guarantee, while the insurance claim comes through!! Always inquire about the reputation of the person renting out the bike.
That is a bit of an exaggeration, never had it happen and I've hired dozens of bikes to me or even heard of this from many many friends who live or stay long term in Goa, I also know loads of bike hire guys in Palolem and they would never dream of this as they're doing very well out their business, so even if there are isolated cases, to describe this as being a problem with "most" bike hirers is way over the top.

As far as CC goes well there are 500cc Enfields for hire, not many but seek and you shall find.
Google classic bike adventure India, these guys are very expensive but they have totally legal and well maintained bikes. However you can stil track down bikes for cheaper than this when your on the ground.
These 500CC bikes will carry a huge amount of weight and just keep chugging away.

Try to find a bike with a yellow lettered number plate. This denotes that they are legally registered as a rental motorcycle in Goa.
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Originally Posted by goangoangone View Post I can't think of any proper rentals but I'll have a sniff around.

would be very very helpful. thanksss
#14 Apr 27th, 2011, 13:12
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I asked Meeting Point travel agent in Colva and they gave this number to call: 9822121758 and ask for Ally. I haven't got a clue who it is or where they are or rates. The best I can do at the moment. I'll let you know if anything else crops up.

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Thanks for all the replies.
Guides such as "Rough Guide" and "Lonely Planet" thoroughly recommend the hiring of a motorcycle as a good way of getting around Goa in order to see as much as possible. They also seem to think that 500cc Royal Enfields are fairly easy to get hold of, and even give prices that one can expect to pay at different times of the year.
My wife and I weigh about 420lb between us (about the average weight for one American ) and that's the reason for wanting something with a bit more power.
These guides also say that the roads in Goa are fairly decent when compared to others outside of the region; but they do also warn of the need to be an experienced rider to be able to avoid accidents.
Can't say that I've been particularly encouraged to hre a motorcycle after reading lots of negative comments, but still think that it would give us a degree of independence that would be hard to attain otherwise!
Rob Lapham
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