Traveling to a new place and exploring it on a motorcycle can be an incredible experience. However, if you’re a motorcyclist and planning to rent a motorcycle on your trip, one important decision you’ll need to make is whether to bring your own motorcycle equipment or rent it at your destination. This can be a difficult decision, as there are pros and cons to each option. Bringing your own gear can be more comfortable and cost-effective, but it may also be difficult to pack and transport everything you need. Renting gear can be convenient, but it may be more expensive in the long run.
At DR Moto Rides we work with travellers who are visiting us from many different locations and who are looking to experience the Dominican Republic on two wheels, either by renting with us or through one of our many wonderful tours. Whether to bring, rent or buy is a common question we get asked. Here, we’ll break down the different types of gear you may need and whether or not we recommend renting them.
A helmet is the most important piece of safety equipment for a motorcyclist. While many rental companies offer helmets, we strongly recommend bringing your own helmet if possible, especially if you’re accustomed to the fit and style of your own helmet. Some popular helmet brands include Shoei, Arai, and Bell, but there are also budget-friendly options available from brands like HJC and LS2. If you need to rent a helmet, make sure it fits you properly and has DOT and/or ECE certification. The estimated cost of renting a helmet is around $10-$20 per day.
Gloves provide protection to your hands in case of an accident, but they also offer comfort and grip when riding. Alpinestars, Dainese, and Held are some of the most popular glove brands, but there are also affordable options available from brands like Joe Rocket and Fly Racing. Gloves are easy to bring if you have them available, but are also cheap and easy to rent. If you rent them, make sure they fit well and offer adequate protection. The estimated cost of renting gloves is around $5-$10 per day.
A good quality jacket provides protection from the elements as well as from injury in case of a fall. If you’re travelling to a destination with extreme weather conditions, popular jacket brands like Rev’It, Klim, and Tourmaster offer a range of options with different features. Viking Cycle and Xelement offer budget-friendly options. In places with mild weather (like the Dominican Republic) you may be tempted to not wear a jacket, but we highly recommend it as it will protect you from the elements as well as any potential falls. The estimated cost of renting a jacket is around $15-$30 per day.
Riding boots provide protection to your feet and ankles in case of an accident, as well as from the heat of the motorcycle’s engine. Sidi, TCX, and Alpinestars are popular boot brands, but budget-friendly options include Joe Rocket and Speed & Strength. If you have a pair of riding boots that fit you well and they fit in your suitcase, feel free to bring them. We find that most travellers don’t bring their boots as they are among the heaviest and largest pieces of gear. If you don’t have riding boots or don’t want to bring them, renting them is a good option. The estimated cost of renting riding boots is around $15-$30 per day.
Riding pants offer protection to your lower body in case of an accident, and they’re usually made of materials that offer abrasion resistance. Popular riding pants brands include Klim, Dainese, and Rev’It, while budget-friendly options include Scorpion and Fly Racing. Not many companies offer riding pants for rental, so research and maybe bring your own if you need to. At DR Moto Rides we rent basic riding pants of different sizes for riders who don’t own them or don’t want to bring them. The estimated cost of renting riding pants is around $15-$30 per day.
Backpacks and hydration packs
If you’re planning to ride long distances, a backpack or hydration pack can be helpful to carry essentials like water, snacks, and a camera. If you already have a backpack or hydration pack, it’s best to bring it. However, if you don’t have one or don’t want to carry it with you, renting one is a good option. Brands like Olympia and Cortech offer budget-friendly options. The estimated cost of renting a backpack or hydration pack is around $15-$20 per day.
Rental Gear Kits
In some cases, rental companies may offer a “kit” that includes the basic gear such as a helmet, jacket, gloves, and boots at a discounted rate. This is a good option if you don’t have your own gear and want to save some money. The estimated cost of renting a kit is around $40-$80 per day, depending on the rental company and location.
Other items to bring
Some other important pieces of motorcycle riding gear that you may want to bring or rent include:
- Neck gaiter or neck shield – to protect your neck from the sun and wind.
- Sunblock – to avoid getting sunburnt on long rides.
- Fanny pack or leg bag – to keep your phone and personal items close and secure while riding.
- Riding glasses or goggles – to protect your eyes from wind, dust, and insects if your helmet has no visor.
- Earplugs – to protect your ears from wind noise and reduce fatigue on long rides.
- Rain gear – to keep you dry during unexpected rain showers.
- GPS or phone mount – to easily navigate your way to your destination.
- Water bottle or hydration pack – to stay hydrated on long rides.
- Comms – To listen to radio or communicate with your riding buddies.
Some of these items may be available for rental with different companies. Do make sure to call and check beforehand.
Another factor to consider when deciding whether to bring your own gear or rent it is the amount of luggage space you have available. If you’re travelling with limited space or have other items you need to bring, it may be difficult to fit all of your gear. In this case, renting gear at your destination might be the best option. Additionally, if motorcycling is just a small part of your trip and you don’t want to invest in purchasing gear, renting can be a good alternative.
Ultimately, the decision to bring your own gear or rent it depends on a variety of factors, and it’s important to consider all of them before making a decision. Whether you decide to bring your own motorcycle gear or rent it, it’s important to prioritize safety and comfort. Choosing the right gear can make a big difference in your overall riding experience, so take the time to research brands, styles, and features to find the best gear for your needs and budget.
Renting or buying gear with DR Moto Rides
If you’re still unsure whether to bring your own gear or rent it, DR Moto Rides offers a variety of rental gear at good prices. Our rental gear is well-maintained and regularly updated, so you can be sure that you’re getting high-quality equipment. Additionally, if you prefer to have your own gear, we also sell new gear at competitive prices. We carry a variety of popular brands and styles, so you’re sure to find the perfect gear for your needs. If you have any questions about our rental gear or gear for sale, please contact us or visit our rentals page to learn more.