Enjoy the summer sun in Portugal or Spain on a hired BMW motorcycle.
If you're planning on heading to Portugal or Spain for some summer sun, the good news is that you don't have to ride your own bike all the way there. Hertz - best known for its worldwide car rental programmes - has expanded its rental program to include a comprehensive selection of BMW motorcycles available for hire in various locations in Portugal and Spain.
Aspiring BMW riders - or even those BMW owners who want to try an extended test ride of a new model before buying - can experience the open road in style with Hertz's 2008 Motorbike Collection. In Portugal (Lisbon, Faro and Porto), three new BMW models have been added to the fleet, which already includes the legendary R 1200 RT touring machine.
The new G 650 Xcountry will be a popular choice for those who want to explore all kinds of terrain - both on and off-road. With its lightweight design, excellent road-going and off-road qualities, the G 650 Xcountry has been described as one of the most versatile BMW bikes ever built. To hire this bike, riders must be at least 28-years-old and have held a full motorcycle licence for at least three years.
For those who plan to make the most of twisty tarmac roads, the BMW R 1200 R comes highly recommended. With 109 hp, the classically styled naked roadster is one of the most underrated bikes in the current line-up, with great road-holding, handling and superb torque. A high level of demand is also expected for the BMW R 1200 GS, which will take riders to just about anywhere in Portugal - on or off-road. Riders who want to hire either of these two bikes must be at least 30-years-old and have held a full motorcycle licence for at least three years.
Prices range from just 68 ($107) per day for rentals of seven days or more in Portugal (based on the BMW G 650 Xcountry). All rates include 186 miles per day, Governmental Tax (VAT), Limited Public Liability Cover, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), full maintenance of the vehicle, road maps, helmet protection and 24-hour road assistance. Participating locations in Portugal include:
Lisbon (downtown) - Rua Castilho, 72 A/B/C, 1250-068 Lisboa
Lisbon (Prior Velho) - Av. Severiano Falcao, no 7-7A, Edificio Hertz, 2685-379 Prior Velho
Faro (airport) - Aeroporto de Faro, 8000-124 Faro
Faro (Montenegro) - Estrada do Aeroporto, Edificio Hertz, Montenegro, 8000-124 Faro
Porto (Ramalde) - Rua Eng. Ferreira Dias, 805/807, Ramalde, 4100-247 Porto
In Spain, the fleet includes the BMW F 650 GS, the R 1200 GS and the R 1200 RT, with the same conditions as for Portuguese rental. Prices start from just ?52 ($82) per day for rentals of seven days or more (based on the BMW F 650 GS), with all rates including 186 miles per day, VAT, partial Collision Damage Waiver and Theft Protection.
Participating locations in Spain include:
Barcelona - Barcelona Aeropuerto El Prat, oficina de Avenida Diagonal 3 (CC Diagonal del Mar) y Avenida de Les Garrigues 3 (Parque de Negocios Mas Blau II)
Madrid - Madrid Aeropuerto de Barajas (T1 y T4), oficina de Paseo de las Delicias 74 (Madrid) y Calle Jose Echegaray 6, Edif. B (Las Rozas de Madrid)
Valencia - Valencia Aeropuerto de Manises, oficina de Calle Segorbe 7
Malaga - Malaga Aeropuerto de Garcia Morato, oficina de Calle Explanada de la Estacion s/n
Marbella - oficina de Calle Arias Maldonado 4
Sevilla - Estacion de ferrocarril Santa Justa Information on hiring terms and conditions, and details on the full range of BMW motorcycles available can be found by visiting http://www.hertz.com.pt for Portugal and http://www.hertz.es for Spain.