South East Motorcycle Hire Blog

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?