Indian expands motorcycle rental program

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Indian Motorcycles doesn’t just want you to buy its bikes. Indian also wants you to rent them, and it’s working on expanding its rental network, including a new Canadian location.

This week, Indian announced 14 new rental outlets, bringing its total to 25. The list of new locations includes a rental outlet in Vancouver, British Columbia, the company’s first Canadian rental outlet. The other locations are all in the US, and therefore currently unavailable to Canadian customers.

Indian Motorcycle Rentals of Vancouver (that’s the official name, but it operates out of International Motorsports) has Scout, Chief, Springfield, Chieftain, Roadmaster, and FTR models for rent, with four-season availability. It’s based in central Vancouver, near public transit, so conceivably a fly-and-ride wouldn’t be that difficult? Riders can arrange rentals for only a half-day, or much longer, even a whole week. It might be a great way to finally explore BC?

The rental operation will provide a helmet if needed, but riders are otherwise expected to have long pants, close-toed shoes, and a motorcycle endorsement. Indian also recommends gloves, a riding jacket, and hi-viz/reflective riding gear. Errrr, not the tightest of restrictions, then. Indian also says damage insurance is included in the rental fee. More details in the press release below.

Press release

Indian Motorcycle Expands Rental Locations Throughout U.S. & Canada

America’s First Motorcycle Company, today announced new rental locations throughout the United States and Canada. With 14 new Indian Motorcycle Rental affiliates, even more North American riders now have the opportunity to rent a new Indian Motorcycle for as short as four hours or as long as a week.

With 25 total locations, Indian Motorcycle Rentals are now available in many of the top riding destinations, including San Diego, Sturgis, Austin, Nashville, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Panama City Beach, Vancouver and more. Indian Motorcycle Rental affiliates will each house a fleet with various models from the current model year lineup. Each rental fleet will be updated every 12-18 months to enable riders to have the opportunity to experience the latest and greatest from Indian Motorcycle, including the all-new Indian Chief and refined 2022 FTR lineup. Riders with a valid motorcycle license can visit to confirm bike availability and make reservations.

“As stay-at-home restrictions from the past year contributed to a surge within motorcycling, we’re excited to offer more ways for riders to experience what Indian Motorcycle has to offer,” said Aaron Jax, Vice President, Indian Motorcycle. “Whether in need of a bike for commuting, for an upcoming ride, or simply for an extended demo experience, Indian Motorcycle Rentals provide a premium experience for locals and visitors alike.”

Each motorcycle rental will include damage coverage as part of the rental fee. Riders are required to have a motorcycle endorsement and be fully geared up, including a DOT-approved helmet, long pants and close-toed shoes. Additional protective gear such as gloves, riding jacket and high-visibility or reflective clothing, is also recommended. Loaner helmets are also available for those riders in need.

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