South East Motorcycle Hire Blog

Isle of Man motorbike hire: it’s not just about the TT

Darren Salter - Friday, June 15, 2018

The legendary Isle of Man TT race has concluded for another year with Peter Hickman announcing himself on the fastest stage with his victories in both the Superstock and Senior TT. However, that doesn’t mean you should dismiss any thought of visiting this British Crown dependency again until 2019.

In fact, the festivities are set to continue with the return of the annual Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling between 18th August and 31st August 2018.

Whether or not you were present for the TT this year, the Festival of Motorcycling gives you the perfect opportunity to indulge your passion for all things motorbikes on this fascinating island, without the higher-profile event’s maddening crowds.

What can you expect from the Festival of Motorcycling this year?

There will be plenty to take in over the two weeks of the festival, including the Manx Two Day Trial and Classic Two Day Trial, as well as the Classic TT, which gives you the chance to experience for yourself something of what the race was like back in the day, complete with historic motorcycles.

With the Vintage Motor Cycle Club (VMCC) Rally and Festival of Jurby also included in the events programme, now is the time to start planning your trip if you fancy immersing yourself in the action – not to mention all of the other distinguished history and scenic beauty for which this part of the world is renowned.

Your August Manx holiday will be all the easier and more thrilling, however, if you have the right set of wheels on which to make the journey. We’ve got you covered in that regard here at South East Motorcycle Hire, offering you the complete package for Isle of Man motorbike hire.

Don’t look to any other motorcycle hire specialist

Whether you are seeking affordability, convenience or all manner of other perks in your choice of company from which to hire a bike for your next Isle of Man break, you could hardly make a better choice than South East Motorcycle Hire.

We are situated a mere eight minutes from the M25, give you a wide range of highly rated bikes from which to choose, and can even arrange the delivery of your bike and equipment to wherever in the UK you need them.

How about that for a truly complete Isle of Man motorbike hire service? Visit our website today, and you will be able to see for yourself the full wealth of advantages of placing your trust in South East Motorcycle Hire. 


Head to the legendary Isle of Man TT aboard the perfect bike

Darren Salter - Monday, May 14, 2018

There are celebrated motorcycle races... and then there's the Isle of Man TT. It's been described as the ultimate road race, and certainly here at South East Motorcycle Hire, we would struggle to argue about that characterisation.

The event - run, as its name suggests, on the Isle of Man during May or June in most years since it was first held in 1907 - has brought us no shortage of thrills, spills, stellar feats and, of course, tragedy over the course of its astonishing history.

It's therefore hardly a surprise that tens of thousands of motorcycle racing enthusiasts converge on this part of the British Isles every year - and it's all set to happen again from 26th May to 8th June 2018. So, what can South East Motorcycle Hire do to get you prepared with the perfect set of wheels for the trip?

A paradise for motorcycling enthusiasts 

The Isle of Man is certainly an enchanting and rewarding place to ride a motorbike, and simply having a handy mode of transport to get to the event isn't the only reason you may take an interest in Isle of Man TT motorcycle hire.

That's because, with the circuit consisting of closed public roads that are open outside race and practice times, you, too, can take to the same stretches of road as the competitors. But of course, it's important to note that you will also be sharing the road at these times with regular traffic. In addition, the mountain section between Ramsey and Douglas is one-way and subject to speed limits.

We are the go-to choice for Isle of Man TT motorcycle hire

With all of this in mind, there are certain characteristics that you are likely to want your chosen Isle of Man TT motorcycle hire specialists to have.

We have a great reputation for ticking all of the obvious boxes - and quite a few more - here at South East Motorcycle Hire. For one thing, we are true enthusiasts ourselves, which is reflected in the impressive range of bikes and equipment that we enable you to rent.

You'll also find us to be the ideal choice for group hire, thanks to our ridesharing scheme. The way it works is that your group rents multiple bikes from us, and you can ride any of them during the hire period at no extra charge. We can even arrange the delivery of your bike and equipment to the Isle of Man itself, so there's no need for you to collect it from our own site on the Kent/Surrey border.

Things are really hotting up ahead of this year's Isle of Man TT, and we aren't just talking about the weather. The 2018 event promises to be one of the most high-octane of recent years, so the South East Motorcycle Hire team would strongly advise all motorbike enthusiasts not to miss it!

How do we make things easier for you when hiring a bike?

Darren Salter - Monday, April 30, 2018

The weather’s getting better, the daylight hours are becoming longer and many more of us are thinking of getting out onto the open road on our motorcycles. But what happens if you’re currently ‘between bikes’ or have only recently become legally able to ride a motorbike?

In that case, you may take an interest in motorcycle hire from us. Here are just some of the ways in which South East Motorcycle Hire can make life easier for you when you wish to hire a set of wheels.

We’re conveniently located

It’s no wonder we’re such a popular option for motorbike hire near Heathrow Airport or Gatwick Airport; we’re excellently situated for both airports, and indeed, other transport connections throughout the South East of England.

You’ll find us on Crowhurst Road, Lingfield, just eight minutes from the M25 (J6) on the border of Surrey and Kent. 

Both pick-up and delivery are possible

You can, of course, just visit us to pick up your hire bike. However, you’ve also got the option of having the bike and any equipment that you have rented delivered to any location within the UK.

Subject to fees, we can even collect you from various airports, train stations or ferry/channel ports in the South of England.

What about storage for your luggage?

If you have luggage that you aren’t exactly able to bring with you while you use your rental bike, we’d be happy to store it for you until you return with the bike.

All of the essential accessories can also be hired

Everything that you could need to get more out of your bike is available on a rental basis from us, including not just the obvious essentials such as a helmet, jacket and trousers, but also the likes of boots, gloves, rucksacks, tank bags, rear seat bags and even satnavs.

A ridesharing scheme for your group

When there are many of you in a group who each wish to hire a motorcycle, you might be interested in our ridesharing scheme that enables you to hire multiple bikes and ride any of them without having to pay extra.

Whether you’re looking for motorbike hire near Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport or anywhere else in southern England, you’ve chosen the right company when you opt for South East Motorcycle Hire. We’re all about making your life as a motorcycling enthusiast easier, so that you can simply focus on you, your bike and the road.

Just some advantages of hiring a motorbike this spring

Darren Salter - Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Motorcycling enthusiasts the length and breadth of the UK routinely look forward to the return of spring, and we can’t say we blame them. After all, if you’ve not climbed aboard a bike at all during the winter, you might well be itching to get back out onto the open road.

But what are the big advantages of using a trusted UK motorbike hire service such as our own here at South East Motorcycle Hire, instead of purchasing a motorcycle or not travelling by bike at all?

It’s a welcome opportunity to feel the wind in your hair

There’s nothing like being able to get out of the repressive environment of a car and onto a bike, so that you can experience the sensation of the wind rushing past you and the flies in your teeth.

On a more serious note, though, the spring is a good time to get used to riding a bike again if you haven’t been on two wheels for a while.

There’s a lot to get accustomed to, from ensuring that you have the helmet, leathers and other gear to suit your motorcycling needs this spring and summer, right through to the finer points of bike maintenance, such as washing, waxing and checking fluid levels.

It might be that you are presently ‘between bikes’, in which case, hiring a motorcycle from us enables you to slowly get back into the swing of things as a motorbike enthusiast while the weather gradually improves.

It gives you the chance to try out a new bike

Perhaps you’ve always wondered what a Triumph Tiger 800 XC is really like to ride, or whether those reviews you’ve read of the Fazer 800, Ducati Multistrada 1200S or BMW F800GS bear much resemblance to the reality?

Especially if you don’t own a bike right now, UK motorbike hire specialists like us enable you to sample a motorcycle that you may have long been curious about, at a sensible price.

It’s the perfect time for a continental trip

Have you long fancied embarking on an ambitious journey from Land’s End to John o’ Groats, or do you have an itinerary for a tour of the all-time great European motorcycling roads planned, but no motorbike with which to do it?

In that case, you need to know about South East Motorcycle Hire. It’s important to inform us beforehand if you intend to take your hired bike outside the UK, but otherwise, the continent can be very much your oyster this spring and summer.

You really shouldn’t miss the chance to take advantage of UK motorbike hire this year. Get in touch with our team today, and you can find out more about the wealth of benefits of our service, as well as the many intriguing, thrilling and highly rated motorcycles that we allow you to hire.

Great reasons to hire a Suzuki GSX 650F from us

Darren Salter - Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sometimes, you don’t need to spend a lot to benefit from a truly enthralling and rewarding experience on a bike; our own experts in affordable motorcycle hire here at South East Motorcycle Hire certainly know that.

It’s also why we are delighted to be able to offer the Suzuki GSX 650F among the many bikes that we give you the option to rent.

What’s so brilliant about the GSX 650F?

This sport touring motorbike reminds us of so many of the reasons we are so passionate about affordable motorcycle hire. It has been described as ‘a Bandit with a fairing’ – a reference to the long-running and popular series of sports-standard bikes that Suzuki also produces – but at the same time, is so much more than that.

The GSX 650F is certainly a great choice of bike if you’re a newcomer to the world of sports bikes, and want to start with something that you’re sure you’ll be able to handle. However, it makes just as much sense for older riders who’re looking for something less intense than obvious alternatives like its GSX-R600 stable-mate.

It’s a bike that has won plentiful acclaim for everything from its sheer affordability and ever-reliable engine, right through to its spirited but unintimidating performance and eye-catching fairing. The latter is reminiscent of the GSX-R sports bike style, but also provides genuine protection from the elements.

Become one of this amazing Suzuki’s latest admirers!

Among the GSX 650F’s many fans from down the years is Jane Omorogbe – probably better known to most people as “Rio” from ITV’s Gladiators – who in her capacity as a motorcycling journalist, said of the bike: “At a glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking the GSX 650F belongs in Suzuki’s superbike family... it is agile, fun and more than capable of dealing with whatever you throw at it.”

That’s not a bad endorsement! The even better news is that it’s one of our many affordable motorcycle hire options right now, right here at South East Motorcycle Hire, with great daily, weekly and weekend hire prices available.

Why not give this horrendously underrated motorbike a go yourself, whether for the working week or a much more ambitious cross-continent trip, and find out just why it has won such a legion of admirers since it first hit British roads in the late 2000s? 

Some useful quick maintenance tips for your hire bike

Darren Salter - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

You may only be hiring a motorcycle from us for a week, a weekend or even a day, but that doesn’t mean you should completely ignore the maintenance aspects of motorbike use.

By following just a few of these simple practices, you can help to prevent any nasty shocks resulting from the poor maintenance of the bike you have hired from us.

Check the tyres

As the part of the motorcycle that is in contact with the road, the tyres are crucial from a handling perspective. However, they can also greatly affect the fuel consumption and therefore the amount you have to pay additional to the hire fee simply to keep the bike running.

Getting into a habit of routinely checking your hire bike’s tyres will enable you to spot any unusual wear and tear that can be a telltale sign of over or underinflated tyres. The tyre pressure and tread depth should also be checked regularly, even if there isn’t an unusual level of tyre wear.

Take a look at the oil and coolant levels

It’s a straightforward process to check the motorcycle’s oil level with a dipstick, plug or level window.

Keeping an eye on the coolant could also help to save you a lot of hassle later, and can be done based on the high and low marks on the outside of the tank. You will then be able to fill accordingly.

Look after the battery during the winter

The recent snowy conditions have led to many people taking advantage of motorcycle hire in the UK from us to ask what they can do to better look after their bike in the colder temperatures.

One aspect that we would suggest they pay close attention to is the battery, as when the temperature drops, its chemical reaction can be slowed down. The regular use of the bike will help to keep it charged, or you could use a trickle charger in your garage to assist in preserving the battery in the best possible condition.

Adjust the chain if needed

The chain is essential if you are to ride the bike at all, so the importance of checking it can never be overemphasised.

You should ensure that the chain can move up and down slightly when no one is sat on the motorcycle. The chain will tighten up when weight is placed on the bike, so it should be adjusted if it already feels too tight when you are inspecting it.

Lubricating the bike is also vital, with the lube being applied to the inside of the chain.

Call the South East Motorcycle Hire team today, on 01342 775008, to find out more about motorcycle hire in the UK, including the discounts that we can offer for long-term hire.


Things to consider when picking a motorcycle to hire

Darren Salter - Friday, March 02, 2018

There’s no doubt about it – clambering aboard a motorbike and heading out onto the open road as the flies hit your helmet is one of the most thrilling and rewarding experiences that anyone can have on tarmac.

However, choosing a motorcycle to hire from a company like South East Motorcycle Hire can be tricky. What factors will you need to think about to ensure you pick the right model?

How do you plan to use the bike?

UK motorbike hire from a firm like ours may be a rather less committal way of experiencing the biker’s lifestyle than actually purchasing a motorcycle, but it’s still important to consider whether the model you choose will be suitable for how you intend to use it.

There are big differences between car-sized high-capacity bikes and nippy little scooters. The motorbike that provides the best experience down country byways isn’t necessarily the one you will want to weave around a city on, so you need to consider these factors at an early stage to narrow down the options.

Are you a novice or experienced motorcyclist?

As much as you might fancy your skills on any set of two wheels, the truth is that it’s all too easy for an inexperienced rider to choose a powerful bike that they simply aren’t able to ride responsibly. A serious accident is the last thing you will want on a hired bike, so it’s vital to know your limits.

We go some way ourselves here at South East Motorcycle Hire to minimise the likelihood of anyone who takes advantage of our UK motorbike hire service getting into scrapes, such as by requiring hirers to be aged between 25 and 69 years old. However, you still need to take some responsibility of your own with your choice of bike.

Set – and stick to – a budget

Much like different motorbike models cost different amounts to buy, so the same applies to hiring them. We offer various price points for UK motorbike hire, depending on such factors as the model you choose and for how long you would like to hire the bike.

It’s therefore up to you to ensure you don’t overspend on a hired bike, accounting for such expenses as fuel and any accessories you might want to hire, such as the helmets, jackets and trousers that are also available from us.

Why not browse our site today, or call 01342 775008, to learn more about the process of hiring a motorbike from us?

5 ways we make our motorcycle hire genuinely affordable

Darren Salter - Tuesday, February 06, 2018

It's understandable that you may have heard a lot of hyped claims made by companies like ours, claiming to offer affordable motorcycle hire that all too frequently turns out to be anything but.

So, what do we do here at South East Motorcycle Hire to save you those pennies and pounds when you hire a motorbike from us? 

1. We can pick you up for free

While we are, in any case, located conveniently enough for almost anyone in Kent, Surrey or beyond to easily reach us, we can make your journey to our site even easier at no extra cost by picking you up from Lingfield train station.

2. We give you free insurance

Yes, you heard that correctly. European insurance and breakdown cover with unlimited mileage are included for nothing when you hire a bike from us, so you won't have to worry about being suitably protected.

3. We offer affordable accessories for rent

On the subject of protection, you'll obviously save the most money if you already have the essentials necessary to use and make the most of your hired bike - the helmet, jacket, gloves, boots and so on. But if you don't, there's no reason to fret, as all of these accessories - and more, such as a rucksack, tank bag, rear seat bag and even satnav - can all be hired from us for reasonable prices.

4. We operate a great-value ridesharing scheme

If several of you are embarking on an ambitious trip and are eager to minimise the expense, you might be interested to know that our acclaimed ridesharing scheme enables you to rent multiple bikes within a group and ride any of them at no additional cost.

5. We discount the cost of longer-term hire

The longer you hire a bike with us for, the less you will be effectively paying on a day-by-day basis. The Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200, for instance, is available for £125 a day from Monday to Friday, but each extra day only costs you £100. However, the even better news is that if you would like to rent the bike for the whole five days of the working week, you'll only be charged £400 in total - the equivalent of £80 a day.

Indulging your passion for all things motorcycles doesn't have to push you into the red! Instead, call the South East Motorcycle Hire team today by calling 01342 775008, to take advantage of truly affordable motorcycle hire.




Don’t overlook these 5 incredible European biking roads

Darren Salter - Monday, January 29, 2018

If you’re at least as ‘motorcycle mad’ as we are here at South East Motorcycle Hire, you will have no doubt fantasised about taking on the challenge of many of Europe’s most thrilling and interesting motorcycling roads. 

So, when you next take advantage of well-priced motorcycle hire in the UK from us, why not head towards the continent and give any or more of the following legendary roads a go – some of them better-known than others?

1.Transfăgărășan Highway, Romania 

The debate may continue to rage as to whether this north-to-south 90km stretch of twists and turns is the very best motorbike road in Europe, but it’s certainly the most dramatic motorcycling experience you will find in Romania.

Connecting the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia and the cities of Pitesti and Brasov, this road crossing the tallest sections of the Southern Carpathians is sure to live long in the memory.

 2.L83 from Bühlertal to Raumünzach, Germany

The Black Forest certainly has its unsung gems, and while the nearby B500 is the best-known motorcycling road in this part of the country, this fast 16km stretch shouldn’t be ignored – not least because it allows you to say goodbye to the tourist throngs and speed cameras for a while.

You can discover it by riding the L83 out of Bühlertal and climbing the hillside to the east. Once you have completed the ascent, you’ll be treated to a smooth and quick eastward road that takes you past an artificial lake and the Black Castle dam.

3. Stelvio Pass, Italy

The basic facts and statistics about the Stelvio Pass – including its 2,757m height that renders it the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, as well as the 48 hairpin turns on its northern side and the 12 on the southern side – will make you more than a little curious about trying it out.

You should be curious, too, given the gorgeous stretches of Alpine scenery that you get to experience even before reaching the foot of the pass itself, with its turns marked by numbered stones. That means you can even count your way to the top, but be sure to keep at least one eye on the road!

 4. GI-682 between Lloret de Mar and Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain

Head along the coast out of Lloret de Mar to take on one of the most sinuous ribbons of tarmac you can expect to find anywhere on the continent.

There’s certainly a nice level of challenge and variety provided by the combination of flowing corners and tighter, more technical bends and hairpins. Be careful though, as there are significant sections of this road where only a piece of Armco barrier separates you from the sea below.

 5.N338, Serra da Estrela, Portugal 

This one’s got such strong racetrack credentials that it even sports the characteristic red-and-white hashing. The surfaces are at their best to the west, but get choppier closer to the summit.

Not that the latter is necessarily a bad thing anyway, as by that point, you’ll be slowing down to marvel at the jaw-dropping panoramas over the Serra da Estrella National Park. All in all, it’s a smooth and sublime nine kilometres of rewarding road, albeit at an astounding 1,993-metre altitude that’ll temporarily rob your bike of a quarter of its power. 

There you have it – just five selections that’ll hopefully inspire many a European biking trip for you. What more excuse could you need to get in touch with us here at South East Motorcycle Hire about our surprisingly affordable motorcycle hire in the UK – and beyond?








The Ducati Multistrada 1200S: the ideal bike for British roads?

Darren Salter - Thursday, January 25, 2018

When it comes to UK motorbike hire, here at South East Motorcycle Hire, we don’t think there are too many better options than the Ducati Multistrada 1200S. 

You might reckon we’re just saying that because it happens to be one of the many motorcycles you can rent from us – for just £150 a day, Monday to Friday – but we really do mean it.

Do excuse us for being unpatriotic for a second...

You see, we’re not under any illusions that a lot of British roads are in a less-than-perfect state. In many ways, the best bike for the conditions is therefore surely one that can be multiple things at once: as swift as a superbike, while offering tourer-esque levels of comfort.

Such a thing might not have been thought possible before the debut of the original Multistrada 1200 back in 2010. With its distinctive combination of adventure bike aesthetics, sports bike performance, substantial suspension travel and multiple engine modes, it basically launched a motorcycling subcategory of its own.

But with rivals from the likes of BMW and KTM having emerged in recent years, it was no surprise that in 2015, Ducati decided to significantly overhaul the Multistrada 1200. 

So, what makes the 1200S so special?

As you might expect, the S is the higher-specification option for Multistrada 1200 buyers or renters, and it convincingly builds on the existing 1200’s strong reputation.

It does that in part by simply looking awesome – despite the introduction of new bodywork, the S remains very much recognisable as a Multistrada 1200, thanks to its beaky styling and upright riding position.

But the S also continues the original model’s association with the most sophisticated technology, as shown by the TFT screen that makes for an extremely comprehensive instrumentation unit. Not only can you configure it to show different screens, but it can also adjust itself in accordance with current lighting conditions or the selected riding mode.

Then, there’s simply the all-round riding experience, which has been enhanced by the Ducati Skyhook Suspension, representing an evolution from the 2012 model’s Skyhook semi-active and electronically-controlled system.

The biggest change from the previous 1200, though, is the engine. It incorporates a constantly variable valve timing system, known as Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT), which makes a massive difference in various ways, such as by boosting high-rev power and smoothing out low-rev clatter. Fuel consumption and emissions have also been improved, thanks to the more constant combustion cycle throughout the rev range.

Experience the Multistrada 1200S for yourself – for less than you might think!

With all of these features and more to commend the Multistrada 1200S, you might fancy giving it a go... and the great news is that you can, with two of these bikes presently making up our fleet here at South East Motorcycle Hire.

Enquire today about renting a Ducati Multistrada 1200S from us, by calling 01342 775008. It may just turn out to be the best UK motorbike hire decision you make for the whole of 2018!