Germany Motorcycle Rentals and Tours
Germany is home to some of Europe’s most legendary motorcycling meccas from the iconic Nurburgring to the mythical B500.
Recommended Motorcycle Rental and Tour Companies in Germany
Please contact the companies listed on this page directly for more information.
“For over 30 years we have provided a dedicated service for motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world who love and appreciate the beauty of riding in Europe. We cover everything from rentals and transportation to insurance and storage for your motorcycle.”
Services: Rental bikes, guided tours, accommodation, green card insurance, airport shuttle service, bike storage and servicing, transport to dealer, international motorcycle shipping.
Rental bikes: BMW F800 GS, R1200 GS, R1200 RT. More models available on request.
Rental prices: Prices range dependent on model and rental time. Email Knopf Tours for a personalised quote.
Tours: Contact Knopf for a bespoke and private guided tour.
Insurance: Yes as it’s the law in Germany/Europe.
Kit availability: Knopf Tours have a small selection of kit available. There are motorcycle clothing and gear shops 25 minutes away if you need something specific, but it’s best to bring your own kit.
Stefan Knopf and Chris Knopf
Tours: Knopf operate out of Heidelberg (pick-up and drop-off for rentals), but you can take your rental bike all over Europe. Knopf also offer tours in the USA, South and Central America and South Africa.
Shipping: Knopf Tours also organise international motorcycle shipping between the USA and Germany. Visit our USA Shipping Companies page for more info.
Magellan Motorcycle Tours
UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Bosnia, Croatia, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Morocco, USA, Canada, Cuba
“Magellan prides itself on the best customer service in the industry. We treat our customers as if they were a part of our family.”
Services: Guided, self-guided, private and custom motorcycle tours throughout the UK, Europe, North America and Cuba. Customers can use either a rental bike provided by Magellan or use their own bike on any of their tour services.
Rental bikes: A wide range of machines from the latest BMW R 1250 GS to the Ducati Multistrada 950 and Yamaha MT-09 Tracer.
Rental prices: From £92 per day (rental bikes are included in the USA tours).
Tours: Tours start from £995. Check out their handy world map page to see what’s on offer.
Insurance: Yes, if renting.
Kit availability: No.
“We are a Germany-based company that offers guided motorcycle tours south of the Alps, especially in the Balkans. Our tours for the Balkans always start in Split (Croatia). We also offer rental motorcycles for our Balkan tours, which can be picked up in Split. You can choose to take part in these tours with your own motorcycle or you can make yourself comfortable and travel stress-free by airplane to Split. And our tours in Colombia and New Zealand are absolute highlights too!”
Services: Guided motorcycle tours throughout south of the Alps and Balkans. Clients can use either a rental bike provided by MotoGS or use their own bike on the tours. Airport shuttle and luggage storage is available at the Split branch. Visit their site for more info.
Rental bikes: BMW F750GS, F850GS, F900GSA, BMW R1250GS and GSA and R1300GS.
Rental prices: Prices are dependent on which model and tour duration. Visit their site for more info.
Tour prices: Prices always include a BMW F750GS (upgrades are available) and are dependent on which tour. Visit their site for more info on tour prices.
Insurance: Insurance is included as a full damage waiver and theft, with an excess of 1,000 euros and a third-party liability insurance. The excess can be reduced to zero. A green insurance card for protection in all European countries is also included. Visit their site for more info.
Kit availability: Visit their site for more info.
FAQs on Germany Motorcycle Rentals and Tours
No, sorry. Mad or Nomad do not offer any rentals, tours or services. Please contact the companies listed on this page directly.
This page displays motorcycle rental and tour companies from around the world. We do a lot of research into these companies before adding them and speak to the managers and owners. Many of the companies we have also used in the past or have met the owners while travelling.
While we have collected them all together in one place for your ease, we take no responsibility in your business with them. We’re simply showcasing companies in one easy-to-use place and are not involved with your dealings with them. Any business you have with these companies is at your own risk. We will not be held liable or responsible in any way.
The best time to rent a motorcycle or join a tour in Germany is May to September.
Take a video on your phone of the entire bike, do a walk around and film the condition of the chain, fairings, tyres, any bumps, dents and scratches. By doing so, you can’t get caught out and blamed for something you didn’t do when you return it.
Check the wheel bearings, chain, oil, coolant, brakes, clutch and that the handlebars are straight. Tyres need a decent amount of tread and should be suitable for the terrain you’re riding in. Take it for a short test ride and don’t feel pressured or rushed. Go with your gut and if there’s anything that catches your eye, speak to the owners immediately.
This is down to personal preference, where you’re riding and what’s available. If you’re renting or joining a motorcycle tour in the States and you’re going to be primarily on road, then you may want to opt for a big touring bike. If you’re headed to rural or mountainous countries and are going off-road in Central Asia for example, then go for a mid-weight single-cylinder.
We usually find lighter and cheaper rental bikes are better because they’re less stress, you don’t have to worry about dropping them all the time, are easier to fix and more fun.
For more info on choosing the right motorcycle for your trip, have a look at the below guide and also check out the adventure bikes page too.
We recommend lightweight and comfortable gear suitable for the climate you’re travelling in. If you’re heading to a particularly cold place, then go for Gore-Tex pro laminate.
But, the best all-round option is ventilated, light and comfy adventure bike gear. Take the thermal and waterproof liners out and leave them at home. Take a cheap pair of waterproof throwovers and a compressible down jacket that can be stuffed into a small bag. You can use both items as layering if it’s cold and rainy and they double up when off the bike and will reduce the amount of gear you have to take with you in your luggage.
It’s always better to take your own bike gear over renting or using kit from the rental company. You know your own stuff fits, works and is comfortable – especially your helmet. The last thing you want is to get a few days into your trip and get a headache from a tight lid.
Check out our riding gear article for more info on how to choose the right clothing and the guides section for our recommended kit.
Contact the rental or tour company and ask what luggage the bike comes with. Your bike might come with soft bags, hard boxes, a top box or nothing at all.
You can often leave the gear you don’t want to take with you on the trip at the rental or tour company’s headquarters. So you can travel on a plane with a larger kit bag and just take the bag and gear you need on the bike.
The type of luggage you need depends on the type of trip you’re on, how much off-roading you’re doing and how long you’re going for.
A good option is to go for a waterproof duffle bag and a pair of Rok Straps as this type of luggage setup can be fastened to any bike’s pillion seat and you don’t need racks. And take an additional small and light rucksack for your important gear (camera, passport etc) so you don’t have to worry about it when off the bike.
For more info on choosing your motorcycle luggage, check out our guide page below.
READ MORE: Adventure Bike Luggage Guides
Companies may offer motorcycle insurance as an optional extra, include it in the price or not offer it at all. This again depends on the country you’re riding in.
It’s worth getting insurance if you can and ask what the excess is as you will usually be liable for damage to the bike.
Motorcycle insurance is separate from personal travel insurance. This is incredibly important and you need to be very careful when choosing your personal insurance policy because the fine print often won’t cover you for bikes over 125cc, renting, touring or using a bike as your main mode of transport.
Check out our Admin section as you’ll find detailed guides on personal insurance, paperwork and safety on the road.
READ MORE: Admin Guides
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