The whole Goa state can be explored on two wheeler and today I will tell you everything about the bike rental in Goa and what you must know before renting a two wheeler.
Renting a two wheeler will give you the freedom to visit the best places of Goa which you choose as per your convenience.
Do I Really Need To Rent A Two Wheeler In Goa??
When ever I am in Goa, the first thing I do is: Settle down and rent a two wheeler. Yes, I love to spend time by lying on the beach but I also like to explore even slightly far places.
And getting around Goa by scooter or motorcycle is the most convenient form of transport, both for locals and tourists.
So first figure out, if you going to just spend your entire vacation in your resort or lying down on the nearby beach then probably two wheeler is not required.
But if you wish to explore like me OR your hotel is in one corner and food options, other facilities are far away from you then its better to rent a two wheeler in Goa.
The freedom, that a two wheeler offers is hard to beat.
First Decide Which Two Wheeler
While renting a two wheeler, you must check your requirement and go with the best one that meets your requirement and provide you comfort while your ride.
At the base of the scale are the most popular rental bikes – gearless scooters such as the 100cc Honda Kinetics, Activa or Bajaj scooters. They are extremely practical and easy to ride.
At the top of the hierarchy are the classic Royal Enfield Bullets. They are less fuel-friendly, require more maintenance than the others, are heavy and take a little getting used to.
Most Enfields available for hire are 350cc and 500cc models.
If you are not much into two wheeler driving then I would suggest to go for gear-less Activa. Its very easy to ride.
From Where To Book a Two Wheeler In Goa?
Two wheeler owners will probably find you. Well, what it means is.. if you are roaming on goan street with the most known tourists expression on your face then locals will definitely come to know its your first time in Goa.
The normal tendency is, guides or people who rent two wheelers will approach you.
Another option is to ask at your hotel or guesthouse. Be aware in this case you may end up paying some extra money than the actual market price.
Things To Check Before Renting A Bike In Goa
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Most of the times what happens when you get a bike in your budget, you just thank the owner … hop on the bike and leave.
No. First thing first. You must check the vehicle condition before finalizing the deal. Make a note of any damage or broken parts, so that you’re not blamed for it later.
In case of any damage or scratches, bring it into the notice of the owner so that you are not charged unnecessarily while returning the bike.
You can also take pictures of vehicle or record a small video.
..this is how I make sure to click pictures before renting a vehicle…
Make sure brakes, lights, horn and the all essential parts are working. On Indian roads mirrors are useful, but many older rental bikes are missing them.
Also do not forget to check tyres to make sure that they are not badly worn out.
Ensure to ask for a helmet from the owner, there is no extra charge for the helmet.
..make sure you check your helmet too before renting the vehicle…in this picture it may seem how happy I was..but trust me the helmet was such a headche..it was not comfortable and had zero safety……due to not so comfortable helmet my neck started paining and I had to adjust it many times…
And last but not the least take a small test ride to check breaks are perfect and you are comfortable with the vehicle.
Did You Check Two Wheeler Documents?
When you are satisfied with the test ride, do not jump into making a final deal. There is one more step.
You must check the complete documents of the vehicle you are renting. You must check these papers and their validity.
An RC Book must be there with the vehicle which tells the name of the real owner and the registration date of it. It helps to keep you safe from the traffic police of Goa who is very strict regarding this.
Also make sure the vehicle has insurance. If any accident occurs while riding, you can get the claim for the damage occurred to the vehicle.
Documents You Need
Hiring a motorcycle in Goa is easy. Owners will normally keep your one ID card before handing over the vehicle; it’s normal.
Will I Get Fuel With Vehicle??
Most of the times, when you get a vehicle there is very little fuel in it (1-2 litters).
As the bike comes in your hand and before going for a long ride, check the fuel level.
Make sure that you put sufficient fuel in the vehicle from the nearest fuel station. Here I said Sufficient fuel, which means, if you are going for a short ride then it does not make sense to full the entire fuel tank. You will lose on the remaining fuel while returning the vehicle back to its owner.
In Goa, the best part is that, where there are no petrol pumps, petrol is available even at small general stores and eateries.
Now Lets Talk About The Price
There is high fluctuation in the pricing of rental bikes in Goa. In low season, you can get a scooter for as little as 200 INR per day.
During high season (November to February) the standard rate is 300 INR to 800 INR. Expect to pay 400 INR for a 100cc bike and up to 800 INR for an Royal Enfield.
The longer you hire a bike and the older it is, the cheaper it becomes.
In Goa, specially in North Goa, you will find many bike rental shops. So do not forget to compare the pricing individually and bargain.
Make absolutely sure that you agree with the owner about the price. The owner may ask pay cash up front (I think its fair as they’re handing over their vehicle), but get a written receipt of some sort to that effect.
Return The Bike On Time: Very Important
While renting only, clarify with the owner whether one day is 24 hours. So that you won’t be asked to pay extra for keeping it overnight.
Try to return the rented bike on the decided time. The dealer might charge you extra, if you will be late by a few hours. If the reason was genuine, you can talk to him about it.
Safety On The Road
May tourist com to Goa to get drunk, party and enjoy, thus, it becomes all the more important that you do responsible driving.
If someone is driving fast or trying to provoke you by overtaking, stay calm. Riding a bike in Goa definitely is fun but not on the cost of your life. Right??
Bonus Tips On Bike Rental In Goa
1. Take down the phone number of the owner, or his mechanic, in case something goes wrong with the bike.
2. Do not drink and drive. If caught by Goa police then it will be taken very seriously.
3. Keep an eye on Speed breakers. They can be hard to spot, especially at night.
4. If you are not from India then I would recommend to familiarize yourself with road signs and traffic signals
5. Try not to rent newly purchased two wheelers. It will highlight even a slightest scratch on it.
My Experience of Bike Rental in Goa
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I had To Pay Penalty
During my South Goa Trip , I rented a gearless scotter Activa. It was so much fun to ride it. But since I paid no attention on the helmet while renting the vehicle, I had to suffer a little.
My neck started paining and as you may have seen in the earlier picture the helmet was pointless from safty point of view. Later while returning from Bondla Zoo, I removed the helmet and got caught by Goa police.
I had to pay penalty for not wearing the helmet. So always make sure you have proper helmet with you.
Vehicle Owner Denied To Return My ID
A couple of years back, I had gone to Goa with my girlfriends. That was my most memorable Goa trip. First beacuse it was my first girls trip and second drama happened due to the rented vehicle.
We were four girls and rented two gear-less Activa. I was a pilion and my friend who was driving the Activa had many years of two wheeler driving experience.
Our activa was new and hardly had any scratches on it. First two days went well. On day 3rd day, we got some scratch on the lower side of Activa. It was not that visible.
While returing the vehicle, the owner noticed the scratch and asked for 3000 INR. It was too much. I had given my ID while renting that Activa. He denied to returned my ID as we refused to pay 3000 INR.
Later after lot of discussion, he offered us last option. Get a mechanic on your own and remove the scratch. Thats what we did. In 800 INR we got the scratch removed and returned the vehicle.
Now you can imagine, how much extra money the owner was asking.
So its very important to click vehicle pictures before renting, check its insurance and try not to rent a new two wheeler.
I hope this little guide on how to rent a two wheeler in Goa will help you.
Again bike rental in Goa is easy, if you have all this information.
I will see you guys in another Goa travel post. Bye.
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