A Complete Guide to Motorbike Rental in Bali
All you need to know about renting a motorbike in Bali
There is nothing more beautiful than exploring Bali with Motorbike. Imagine you feel the wind blowing, driving down the hill, passing lakes and rice fields. If you want to rent a motorcycle in Bali but are confused about how to do it, don’t worry, we have got you covered. :) Check out the complete guide to renting a motorbike in Bali that we have compiled below.
Before you rent the motorbike
1. Where to rent a motorbike
There are a lot of ways to rent a scooter in Bali. You could find it just about anywhere around Sanur, Ubud, Kuta or choose the easiest and convenient way by using an application called Melalie, a motorbike rental application in Bali which will help you to find your favorite motorbike. You can choose which motorbike you want. For more details, you can directly go to this page and order your motorbike easily and have the motorbike delivered to you or you can download the app within your Android phone and iPhone.
2. How much is the rental fee
The rental fee is different for each motorbike and the price will be different according to the demand. If you are visiting Bali in high season, you may get a higher price than usual. Some vendors also try to test your bargaining skills and ask for a higher price to start with. But negotiating a term, conditions, and price isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. With Melalie you can avoid the stress of dealing with vendors directly as we guarantee a fixed price (no hidden cost) for any motorbike you want.
3. Do you need an international license?
You do need an International Drivers Permit to ride the motorbike. Understand with clarity that without an International Drivers Permit your travel insurance will be invalid. IDP’s are so easy and inexpensive to obtain from your home country that not doing so is simply negligent — and that same philosophy applies to your travel insurance.
4. Wear a Helmet
Always wear a helmet! This is rule number one when riding a motorbike in Bali or anywhere else in the world. It is really essential for your safety. Make sure the helmet fits your head well as there are many different sizes. It should be comfortable and definitely not too loose, to make sure it will not blow off your head while riding around.
5. Cover your Skin
As you may feel happy when the Bali wind stroke your skin while riding a motorbike, do not forget that there are a lot of other things that you might not enjoy so much. Expect pollution smokes of busy roads in Bali, bugs, rain and of course sunburns. Wear an extra layer and use SPF when you go for a longer ride. It also doesn’t hurt to bring a rain poncho just in case. And always use sandals or shoes as the road can be too hot or slippery for your feet to handle.
6. Check the Motorbike
Check the motorbike from top to bottom and make sure the motorbike owner acknowledges damages should there be any. Also, make sure all the vital features are working. Test the brakes, the signals, the lights, the horn to ensure your safety. To make it easy, take a photo or video of the motorbike which you can be used as evidence if there is damage or scratches before you use it.
7. Common scams
On some roads, there can be police raids who are sometimes keen on stopping tourist to make that extra bit of money. Should this happen, get ready to bargain and remember to always stay friendly and keep smiling. Having an international driving license will avoid hassle and fines!
While Renting your Motorbike
Seek out a quiet road to familiarize yourself with the motorbike. Position the mirrors in such a way that you can see what’s behind you and start the motorbike by pressing the start button while holding the brakes. When the engine is running, your right hand can get the motorbike to start driving by moving the throttle forward. Do this slow and steady, building up speed gradually. Remember that you have to ride on the left side of the road in Bali, which may be the opposite of what you are used to at home.
Returning the Motorbike
If there are parts broken or if you made any scratches during your adventures, you can fix it at workshops before returning the motorbike. Another option is to pay for the damage where you have rented your bike. One thing is for certain, you will go home or continue your travels with a great new experience in your pocket and lots of good memories!
Enjoy the ride and stay safe!