May 30, 2020

Indian Begins Rental Program; Not In Northeast Yet

MINNEAPOLIS – Indian Motorcycle has started a rental program that will enable riders to hop aboard an Indian for either a short jaunt or a multi-day excursion, but bikes will initially only be available at nine dealerships nationally. None are in the Northeast.

In announcing its rental program this week, Indian reported, “Participating dealers will have a rental fleet with various models available.” The fleet will be updated every 12 to 18 months so that current model-year bikes will always be offered.

2019 Indian Scout Bobber

The initial dealer lineup for the rental program has three stores in California and two in Tennessee as well as one each in Georgia, Texas, Virginia and Missouri. The company said it has “plans to expand throughout the year.”

Riders wishing to rent may book online and must have a valid motorcycle license. Insurance will be included as part of the rental. Riders will be required to wear a full-face or three-quarter helmet with eye protection. Long pants and close-toed shoes are also required.

Loaner helmets will be available from dealers, but not eye protection.

Indian also recommends that riders wear additional protective gear, including gloves, riding jacket or long sleeves, and bright or reflective clothing.

2019 Indian Roadmaster Elite

“Whether local or from out of town, Indian Motorcycle Rentals provides a premium experience for riders in need of a bike,” said Reid Wilson, senior director of marketing and product development for Indian, in a press release.

“With a rental fleet featuring the current model year lineup, riders will have the opportunity to experience the latest and greatest from Indian Motorcycle.”

More information on Indian’s rental program may be found here. Indian said model availability will depend on the location.

No specific word was provided as to when the Indian rental program will expand or reach into the Northeast.

About Bud Wilkinson

An award-winning print and broadcast journalist, Bud Wilkinson writes the "RIDE-CT" motorcycle column and the "My Ride" vintage car feature for the "Republican-American" newspaper in Waterbury, CT. He studied journalism at Ohio Wesleyan University where he received a B.A. degree. He currently rides a 1987 BMW R 80 RT and a 2014 Triumph Bonneville.