Motorcycle Rentals in Chiang Mai Thailand
The market used to be all scooters & often ratty 2nd hand grey imp0rt bikes from Japan. But not any more, with Kawasaki & Honda manufacturing big bikes in Thailand there is now an excellent range of good value for money “new” bikes for rent. 3 Cheers for Kawasaki leading the way, followed by Honda. The most popular hire bikes in 2014 are
1. Small 100 – 125cc – 500 scooters.
2. Honda Phantom 250 cruisers.
3. Kawasaki 250 KLXs / D-Trackers
4. Kawasaki 250 Ninjas
5. Kawasaki ER6Ns / 650 Ninjas
6. Kawasaki 650 Versys
7. Honda CBR250.
8. Honda CRF250L. Released early 2013.
9. Honda CBR500R. Released early 2013.
10. HondaCB500X. Released early 2013.
11. Honda CB500F. Released early 2013.
12. Honda CB650s. Released May 2014.
13. Suzuki V-Strom 650s. Released May 2014.
14. Yamaha FZ 09. Released mid 2014.
15. Yamaha Bolt 950. Released mid 2014.
The best bike to ride is the one
- you can get
- you can afford
- you are most comfortable on.
Think about the type of riding you enjoy most & like to do, then pick a bike that is available, & affordable to satisfy that need.
Small bike or big bike: note that it is not necessary to ride a big bike to enjoy yourself & take in the scenery.
Ride a big bike fast & you need to watch the road more, will learn less & because you travel faster you are less inclined to stop & take photos.
Generally for first timers, smaller (a 250) is better if you want to take it easy, potter around, take photos & enjoy the people & villages en route.
Riding at 60-80 kph a 250 is a better bike to ride than a 650.
Ride faster than 80 kph & you need to watch the road & not the scenery.
So go slower & take a 250! Plus the 250s are incredibly fuel efficient. But wanna go faster & rack up the kilometres & not see as much or stop & take photos, then take 650.
Read on GT Rider how someone did it all from Singapore – the Golden Triangle & return on a KSR 110cc.
Read these tips on Traffic & Roads before you set off from the rental shop.
1. Honda Dream / Wave 110 -125cc a four-stroke single cylinder scooter. This is the best bike in & around town. It is a simple, reliable & very economical machine & without a clutch to worry about it is very suitable for novice riders. Anyone doubting this bike’s ability should watch hill tribe people, three-up, tackle a steep mountain dirt road. Hire cost is 80 -150 baht a day. In town you can’t beat a Dream. Hire one for your first couple of days in Chiang Mai to look around & get a feel of the place. Then hire a bigger bike for trips upcountry. BTW you can beat a Honda Dream on the Mae Hong Son loop either.
2. Honda Phantom 250 a popular Thai made chopper. Single cylinder, 250c, with electric start & disc brakes. Cool for light cruising and / or inexperienced riders. Hire cost is 500 baht a day. Safe, & easy for the girls to ride & enjoy themselves on.
3. Honda AX-1 250 an older second hand import from Japan. A dual purpose machine with electric start, fantastic disc brakes, and very economical fuel consumption, it is a better road bike than a dirt bike with the suspension too soft for the serious dirt rider, but either way it gives unlimited enjoyment when ridden. Very easy to ride, it is a great “lady’s bike” for touring North Thailand (one-up). Getting old now & only available at Dang Mc Hire. Cheap & reasonable value touring one-up, hire cost is 600 – 700 baht a day.
4. Honda XR 250 Baja a newer model 250cc single cylinder four stroke off road machine with disc brakes and electric start, imported 2nd hand from Japan. It is a better stronger bike for the more serious dirt rider; but with a higher seat height is not so suitable for shorter riders who might not be able to get their feet firmly down on the ground in tricky situations. Get a new one with the big fuel tank and a range of 300 kms for serious riding. Look for good tyres to go off-road for a bash in the bush. In Feb 2001, I rode one non-stop from Luang Nam Tha (the Lao / China border) to Chiang Mai in a day, & my Baja never missed a beat. This is my preferred off-road touring machine! Hire cost is 650 – 800 baht per day.
Check the GT Rider forum for the latest bike & shop info.
If you’ve already got your own bike & need some work done it, then check out the GT Rider list of Chiang Mai bike shops.
Serious big bike riders might want to bring their own machine, but come and rent a local bike first before jumping in at the deep end.
Read about how to bring your own bike.
Bike Test Ride
To be satisfied with the bike’s reliability and comfort for an upcountry tour, test ride it before hand. Start with a run around the city moat, then if you are still not sure take it for a one day trip.
The Samoeng loop is an excellent 100 kms half day ride from Chiang Mai, which everyone should do at least once, even if just to test out a bike.
Take a Mae Sa Valley Samoeng Loop map with you & have a great day out.
Can be negotiable, but if you bargain too hard for a bike the owner will probably give you the worst bike in the shop and keep the better bike for someone else who wants to pay more money. A cheap rental price might only mean a cheap bike that costs extra money for fuel, repairs and heaps of worry while on tour. Hire prices in Chiang Mai are very cheap with most of the shops struggling to survive in low season. So, take care of your bike, don’t try to screw the shop owner, and they’ll be there when you come back next time.
PASSPORT SURRENDER When you hire a motorcycle you must surrender your passport to the shop as security for the bike. As the bike is not insured, your passport is the insurance for its return. When the shop has the bike back to their satisfaction, your passport is returned. This hiring condition might alarm first time visitors, but it is standard practice in North Thailand and there is seldom a problem recovering your passport, provided you bring the bike back. Note too that motorcycle theft is not a real threat to deter you from hiring a bike. If you do experience any difficulty recovering your passport, don’t waste time with the shop – call the Tourist Police.
CHIANG MAI MOTORCYCLE HIRE SHOPS
Shops worth considering (but which all have good & bad days):
1. C & P Service. 51 Kotchasarn Rd. Tel: 053271161. Bikes:
- 11 x Honda CRF 250L @ 800 baht per day.
- 7 x Honda Motard 250M @ 800 baht per day.
- 3 x Honda CB 500X @ 1,300 baht per day.
- 2 x Honda CB 650F @ 1,500 baht per day.
- 4 x Kawasaki Versys 2014 @ 1,600 baht per day.
- 2 x Kawasaki Versys 2015 @ 1,800 baht per day.
- 2 x Kawasaki Z800 @ 2,00 baht per day.
- 1 x Suzuki V-strom @ 1,800 baht per day.
Comments: Recommended for the best off-road bikes in town.
2. Dang Hire Bike. 23 Kotchasarn Rd. Tel: 053271524. Bikes: Honda AX-1 250s. Comments: The only shop left in town with AX1 250s. A big fleet and getting old, bike condition varies, so have a good look at your preferred steed first
3. Goodwill Motorcycle Hire / Joe’s Bike Team. 26/1 Soi 2 Chang Moi Rd. Tel / Fax: 053251186. Bikes:
3 x Honda XR250 2005 model (upside down forks) @ 1,000 baht a day.
1 x Honda AX1 250 @ 800 baht a day.
- 1 x Kawasaki KLX 250 @ 1,000 baht a day.
- 4 x Kawasaki ER6N @ 1,200 baht .
Comments: This is the number one big bike service shop in North Thai. Bikes serviced by German Joe, the expat expert, & generally more reliable. Break down service: Joe’s got a powerful sidecar (Kawasaki VN1500 motor) for breakdown pick-ups, and they’re an awesome pair on the road at times. Prices start at 300 baht inside Chiang Mai city. Up country pickups cost 500 baht + 7 baht per kilometre. Ring Joe 053251186 to check availability. Sundays not available. Other days depends on work load in his work shop (rental customers come first) so he may not always be able to respond immediately. RTW bikers Joe is a very good mechanic & has a great workshop; but note that logically enough, he prefers not to let people use his facilities for free. So don’t just roll up, expecting to do all your own work and leave without so much as a thank you kindly or a tip. I’ve personally witnessed this several times, and it goes down like a lead balloon, spoiling it for all the other nice RTW bikers.
4. Mr Beer. 2 Rajwithee Rd, Chiang Mai. Tel: 053418236. Bikes available
- 4 x Honda Click Automatic 110 @ 200 baht a day
- 10 x Honda Wave 100 @ 150 baht a day
- 6 x Honda Dream 125 @ 180 baht a day
- 4 x Honda CRB 150 @ 400 baht a day
- 5 x Honda Phantom 200 @ 500 baht a day
- 4 x Kawasaki Ninja 250 @ 800 baht a day
- 3 x Kawasaki D-Tracker@ 250 @ 800 baht a day
- 3 x Kawasaki ER6N 650 @ 1,200 baht a day
- 4 x Yamaha Fino 115 @ 200 baht a day
- 2 x Yamaha Nuovo 135 @ 350 baht a day
- 5 x Yamaha Nuovo 125 @ 250 baht a day
Comments: some mixed reports, but generally acceptable. Mr Beer is an interesting character.
5. Mr Mechanic.
- 4 Soi 5, Moon Muang Road. Tel: 053214708 / Mobile 018824402.
- Chiang Mai 2nd biggest biggest rental fleet & run by the vivacious Gung.
- 4 x Kawasaki ER650 @ 1,200 baht a day.
- 1 x Kawasaki 650 Ninja @ 1,200 baht a day.
- 2 x Kawasaki 650 Versys @ 1,500 baht a day (the perfect two-up touring machine for North Thailand.)
- 2 x Honda Steed 400 @ 800 baht a day.
- 3 x Honda XR 250 @ 700 baht a day.
- 4 x Kawasaki KLX 250 @ 900 baht a day.
- 2 x Kawasaki D-Tracker 250 @ 800 baht a day.
- 7 x Honda Phantom 200 @ 700 baht a day.
- 18 x Honda Dream 100cc @ 170 baht a day.
- 49 x Honda Dream 125cc @ 200 baht a day.
- 2 x Honda Sonic 125cc @ 250 baht a day.
- 9 x Honda Wave 110cc @ 170 baht a day.
- 5 x Honda Click Automatic 110cc @ 250 baht a day.
- 4 x Suzuki Hayate 115cc @ 300 baht a day.
- 5 x Suzuki Step 125cc @ 250 baht a day.
- 2 x Yamaha Mio Automatic 115cc @ 200 baht a day.
- 1 x Yamaha Nuovo 125cc @ 300 baht a day.
The biggest fleet of rental bikes in North Thailand.
- • 20 x Honda PCX 150 @ 600 baht a day
• 7 x Honda CBR 250cc @
• 73 x Honda CRF 250cc @ 800 baht a day
• 23 x Honda Forza 300cc @ 1,200 baht a day
• 14 x Honda CB500F @ 1,200 baht a day
• 24 x HondaCB500x @ 1,300 baht a day
• 6 x Honda CB500R @ 1,200 baht a day
• 13 x Honda CB650F @ 1,500 baht a day
• 5 x Kawasaki Ninja 650 @ 1,200 baht a day
• 23 x Kawasaki Versys 650cc @ 1,800 baht a day
• 10 x Kawasaki ER 6n 2012 @ 1,500 baht a day
• 20 x Suzuki Burgman( Big scooter) 200cc @
• 10 x Suzuki V-Strom 650cc @ 2,500 baht a day
• 2 x Yamaha FZ09 900cc @ 2,500 baht a day
• 2 x Yamaha Bolt 950cc @ 2,500 baht a day
& Pop’s Cars:
- Honda Civic @ 1,800 baht a day
- Toyotoa Yaris @ 1,200 baht a day
- Toyota Vios @ 1,200 baht a day
- Toyota Altis @ 1,800 baht a day
- Toyota Camry @ 2,500 baht a day
- Toyota Avanza @ 1,800 baht a day
- Toyota Fortuner @ 2,500 baht a day
- Toyota Vigo @ 1,500 baht a day
6. Tony’s Big Bikes. 17 Ratchamankha Rd. Tel: 053207124.
• 2 x BMW F650GS @ 2000 baht a day
• 2x Kawasaki ER6-f @ 1300 baht a day
• 4 x Kawasaki ER6-n @ 1200 baht a day
• 4 x Honda CB500X @ 1400 baht a day
• 1 x Honda VRX400 Roadster @ 1200 baht a day
• 2 x Kawasaki Ninja 250 @ 800 baht a day
• 3 x Honda CBR250 @ 800 baht a day
• 11 x Honda Phantom 200 @ 600 baht a day
• 1 x Honda PCX150 @ 550 baht a day
• 4 x Honda PCX125 @ 450 baht a day
• 1 x Yamaha Nuovo135 @ 300 baht a day
• 4 x Yamaha Fino @ 250 baht a day
• 3 x Suzuki Hayate @ 250 baht a day
• 4 x Suzuki Jelato/Skydrive @ 250 baht a day
• 3 x Honda Airblade @ 230 baht a day
• 2 x Honda Click @ 200 baht a day
• 2 x Honda Wave @ 180 baht a day
Comments: The shop has a good variety of well-maintained bikes and is run by a couple of knowledgeable ex-pat bikers with a lot of local miles between them. If you want trip advice with a dose of Brit humour as well as a decent bike, this is the place to go.
Latest bike & shop info: check out the GT Rider forum
CHIANG RAI MOTORCYCLE HIRE SHOPS
1. ST Motorcycles. 1025/34-35 Jed Yod Road. Chiang Rai.
- 9 x CRF 250
1,000bt per day within Thailand
1,500bt per day Thailand to Laos
- 11 x Honda 250 Degree’s @
700bt per day within Thailand
1,200 bt per day Thailand to Laos
- Plus numerous scooters – gear & automatic
869/79/80 Thaiwiwat Road
Wiang. Muang Chiang Rai. 57000
Manager: Took. Tel 0908910997 & 0916279367.
N 19* 54.361
E 099* 49.933
- 10 x Versys 650cc @ 1,700 baht per day.
- 5 x CB500X @ 1,500 baht per day.
- 3 x Ninja 650cc @ 1,500 baht per day.
- 3 x ER6 650cc @ 1,500 baht per day.
- 2 x Vulcan S 650cc @ 1,700 baht per.
- 2 x Ninja 250cc @ 800 baht per day.
- 12 x CRF 250cc @ 800 baht per day on road. 1,200 baht per day off road.
- 2 x D tracker 250cc @ 800 baht per day. Motard.
- 1 x Dtracker 300 @ 1,000 baht per day.
- 8 x PCX 150cc @ 300 baht per day.
- 2 x Tri city 125cc @ 350 baht per day.
- 20 x Filano 125cc @ 250 baht per day.
Chiang Rai Big Bike Rentals also has a range of riding gear – Helmets, Jackets, Top Boxes, Saddle Bags, Tank Bags, Gloves, Elbow Protectors, Panniers included for free in the rental. They also have GPSes & GoPro cameras for a small extra free to make sure that you are kitted out to get the most out of your riding holiday using Chiang Rai Big Bike Rentals