Hire the Ducati 899 Panigale

We’re all excited here at Superbike Rental as we’re one of the first motorcycle hire companies to have placed an order for the Ducati 899 Panigale – it will be available to hire in the 2014 season…

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If adrenalin rush is your thing, then now’s the time to reserve your time to spend on the 148-horsepower 899 Panigale and hire it for a day, not long enough, then a week, or two!

We have an excellent range of motorcycles available to hire here from Ducati to BMW, from Honda to Suzuki.

A bit about the Ducati 899 Panigale

As standard it comes with Ducati Quick Shift and ABS, it has the revolutionary technology which the Monoscocca frame has and it has a Superquadro engine, along with 148 HP. The 899 Panigale has been carefully designed, with rider-friendly features, like increased seat cushioning and shorter final drive gearing for enhanced mid-range rideability, the new model achieves a successful mix of authentic Italian performance with everyday usability, offering the very best of both worlds in absolute style.

The extremely compact monocoque construction integrates the airbox to become one of the key elements in reducing the overall dry weight to an impressive of 169kg (372.5lb)

If you would like more information on the Ducati 899 Panigale’s specification, then please click here.

If you would like to book your time with the Ducati 899 Panigale then please contact us on 01277 366 602.

The above image of the Ducati 899 Panigale is courtesy of Ducati.

Added by: Mark Coventry

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What are the benefits of test driving a motorcycle before you buy?

Just as you would expect to try out a car before you spent thousands, it makes sense that you would want to test drive a motorcycle before handing over your hard-earned money or signing that finance form. After all, it is highly likely that you are going to be spending hours at a time on your motorbike, so you will want to make sure that it suits your needs, be it comfort, power, speed, style or economy.

However, it is unfortunate that dealers of new and pre-owned motorcycles have been ‘duped’ one too many times by people who are not in fact, serious buyers and merely want the opportunity to have a free joyride. This has resulted in the majority of dealers refusing to allow anyone to take a motorbike on a test drive.

If you are planning on buying a used motorcycle, you will probably only be able to start up the motorbike outside and engage the gears. You may be lucky enough to find an independent shop that allows you to take your chosen bike out for a little while, but you will need to leave proof of insurance and a deposit. As for main dealerships, the only way you will get to ‘try before you buy’ is on their demo bikes. You will need to be aware of their minimum age requirements, as a lot of dealer insurance will only cover over 25s or over 21s, depending on the motorbike. You will also have to leave identification and your driving licence with them. If you’re lucky, you will have 30 minutes to test drive the motorcycle you like.

That’s not long enough!

As all keen riders are aware, a motorcycle is not simply a vehicle to get us from A to B. Motorbikes are a passion; the rush and the freedom is addictive and our love of them is what bonds bikers together across the world.

Plus modern motorbikes are much more than two wheels, an engine and gears; take for example the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo. With the strapline ‘ready to ride the world’ the S Granturismo embodies the touring spirit, with the Ducati Skyhook Suspension, 73-litre panniers and top case combining with the classic Multistrada to create a truly ergonomic, touring-orientated bike. It has four pre-set Riding Modes, which have been programmed to instantly change the riding parameters and engine character of the Ducati Multistrada 1200. This type of technology cannot be picked up and experienced in just 30 minutes. And with a price tag starting at £16,800, it’s certainly not a decision that can be made quickly or lightly.

So it stands to reason that you will want more time than the main dealers are willing to give you. So what is the alternative?

Why not hire a motorcycle from Superbike Rental so you can get to grips with the bike and make sure that it’s definitely the one for you? We have a massive range of Superbikes, Sportsbikes, Street Bikes, Tourers and Cruisers available to hire, whether for one, two, three, four, five days or longer. Bikes available to hire at Superbike Rental include:

Don’t risk it all on a 30 minute test drive; call Superbike Rental today and take your time…

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Can you hire a motorbike?

Everyone knows that you can hire a car. Most people are aware (particularly if they have moved house) that you can rent vans and lorries. However, a lot of people don’t know that you can also hire motorbikes of all shapes and sizes, ranging from scooters to superbikes, for a single day, weekend, week, month or contract basis.

Unlike cars and vans, which may be hired for a particular reason such as lack of access to your usual vehicle, transportation of goods, holidaying abroad or moving home, motorbike hire tends to be a lot more aspirational. Yes, we do have customers who need a replacement bike whilst theirs is being repaired but Superbike Rental also hires motorbikes to people from the UK and all over the world who want to experience a self-drive break or longer holiday. Other customers rent our bikes to then travel to various iconic rallies and races, such as superbike racing, Grand Prix road races, British Supersport Championships and the Isle of Man TT.

From our convenient base in Brentwood, Essex, our motorcycles can be hired to ride in the UK and Europe* and all hire prices include fully comprehensive insurance and VAT. If you do opt for a European touring holiday, Superbike Rental can arrange European insurance, breakdown cover and any other legal necessities on your behalf.

Our bikes come with various minimum hire ages, which depend on the motorbike you choose. For example, our learner legal bikes can be hired by riders aged 17 and over, whereas our selection of superbikes are restricted to over 25s and in some cases, over 30s.

Superbike Rental has a wide range of motorbikes in a variety of classes:

Adventure touring motorcycles
Touring motorcycles 
Street bikes
Cruiser motorbikes
Learner legal motorcycles 

We are proud to stock some of the world’s finest and most popular motorbikes, including the BMW S1000RR HP Carbon, the Honda CBR 1000RR Fireblade and the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo. We even have a Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster if you are looking for a truly iconic ride!

Our entire fleet are exceptionally well maintained and we will take care of cleaning, maintenance, servicing, road tax and insurance.

Here at Superbike Rental, we are proud to be ‘setting the standard for others to follow’. For more information about motorbike hire, please call the team on 01277 366 602.

*Please note that you must inform Superbike Rental if you are planning on taking your chosen bike abroad for insurance and other legal purposes.
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What different types of motorcycles are there?

If you are a keen motorcyclist, you will be well aware of the many varieties of motorbikes on the market. But if you’re pretty new to the motorcycling world, you may be shocked to learn that not all bikes are the same; there are actually seven widely recognised categories, which are:

  • Sport 
  • Touring
  • Standard Street Bikes
  • Dual Purpose
  • Cruiser
  • Dirt Bike
  • Scooters, Mopeds and Underbones

With the name ‘Superbike Rental’, it will come as no surprise to learn that we don’t stock scooters or mopeds! However, we do have a large fleet of powerful, well-maintained motorcycles to suit all needs and personalities.


Designed for those who want to venture further afield, Tourers are specifically designed to chew up the miles in total comfort. With bigger engines, larger fuel tanks and as much storage space as is possible, they are ideal for travelling across counties, countries and continents.

Superbike Rental’s Tourer range includes the BMW R 1200 RT SE (2013), the Honda VFR 1200F (2013) and the Suzuki Bandit 650 SA (2009).

Adventure Tourer

As traditional Tourers, Adventure Tourers are generally larger than standard motorcycles with accessories such as luggage, comfortable seats and heated grips. However, Adventure Tourers are designed to have some off-road capabilities and are usually taller, with skinnier tyres with more aggressive treads.

Superbike Rental has a wide range of Adventure Touring motorbikes available to hire, such as:


A sportsbike is focused on speed, acceleration, braking and cornering, usually at the expensive of fuel economy and comfort. Almost indistinguishable from racing motorcycles, sportsbikes are all about the speed and the thrill.

Here at Superbike Rental, we understand that ‘need for speed’ but we are also very stringent in ensuring the safety of both the rider and the bike. We have a wide range of sportsbikes available to hire, including the Ducati Evo Corse SE, the Yamaha YZF 600 – R6 and the Honda CBR 600 RR.

Street Bikes

It’s simple – a street bike is a motorcycle that has is designed – and permitted – to be ridden on public roads, as opposed to off-road bikes. It features good speed, a comfortable ride and durability, and is a great entry-level option for novice riders.

Superbike Rental currently stocks three street bikes:


Derived from standard production street bikes, superbikes are quick and powerful, with as much as 200bhp. They are optimised to feature extreme acceleration, aggressive braking and unthinkable cornering. Two of our most popular superbikes are the BMW S1000RR HP4 Carbon and the Ducati 1199s Panigale, which produces a claimed 195bhp yet has switchable modes to reduce the brake horse power in wet and other dangerous conditions.


Think of ‘Easy Rider’ and you’ll think of a Cruiser; motorcycles that emulate the design of American motorbikes manufactured from the 1930s to the 1960s, such as the iconic Harley Davidson. If you want to channel Dennis Hopper in the middle of Essex, why not contact Superbike Rental to book our Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster?


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Lambretta and Vespa scooter enthusiasts

Mark and Jack were walking their dog Sid and stumbled across this group of Lambretta and Vespa scooter enthusiasts… As you’ll see from this short video, Sid was’t quite as excited as Mark and Jack…



Dubai Clients


SuperBike Rental are also used to dealing with clients from the United Arab Emirates.

Here’s Trina seeing out one of our BMW GSA 1200 to Shaun and Sharon from Dubai.

Really good to meet you guys, we hope you have a great trip!

When hiring a motorcycle, what are the top five gadgets and must-haves you shouldn’t be without?

Owner of Superbike Rental and a keen motorcyclist for more than 30 years, Mark Coventry knows what he’s talking about when it comes to motorbikes! He shares his hints and tips of the five motorcycle gadgets and must-haves he wouldn’t leave home without.

1. Waterproof gear

Like it or not, the UK is not known for its good weather! The last thing you want is to be on the road when the heavens open without your rainwear as you’re going to have a very wet and cold trip.

You can get separate motorbike waterproof jackets, trousers, gloves, boots and all-in-ones so take a bit of time to determine what works best for you. Prices and quality vary massively but I would say that if you are only an occasional rider there is no point in spending a lot on a waterproof wetsuit as you won’t get much use out of it. In the same way, if you use rainwear on a frequent basis, you will want to invest more and avoid the poorer quality gear that can stretch and split after a lot of use.

2. Sat Nav

Specifically designed for two wheels, motorcycle sat navs come with all the usual gadgetry you would expect from a standard car sat nav, plus many other features, such as lane assist, sunlight readable displays, rugged, waterproof cases, handsfree bluetooth connectivity and voice prompts and a special motorcycle mount.

3. Map

Yes, you might have a sat nav but for me, an old-fashioned map is also a must! Sat navs are great for getting from A to B but their limited screens mean that you won’t get a full perspective of the area you are travelling through.

By having a map to hand, I can explore the area and get a full impression of where I am and any places of interest nearby. It becomes less of a journey and more of an adventure.

4. Credit card

An obvious one but it goes without saying that even if you’re only planning on riding your motorbike for an hour or so, problems can arise and being left stranded with no money available is not a good idea. I can’t stand having pockets full of change so I never leave the house without my credit or debit card.

5. Essential documents

The beauty of a motorbike is its freedom. When you’re riding it’s just you and the open road. Yet you do still need to make sure that you have those travel documents close to hand if you do decide to head off on a last minute adventure!

Passport, insurance, breakdown cover… Superbike Rental manages much of this on behalf of our clients as part of our service but there are a lot of motorcycle rental companies that will assume that you will be sorting out your own documents. Don’t put yourself at risk – either physically or legally. Make sure you have all of those i’s dotted and the t’s crossed before you set off.

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