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There are three excellent short videos and I think the first one covers their (3 guys) arrival and collection of bikes from Biking Viking. I think they were happy enough with Biking Viking and found them very helpful, etc.
The downside is that their insurance does not cover river crossings, so if you drown the bike, you could end up kissing goodbye to your €2000 deposit (or whatever value it is).
Anyone have recent experience of Biking Viking in Iceland
I am considering booking a one-week trip with Biking Viking in Iceland next June. The price of 3100 Euros seems very high, particularly as there is a 2000 Euros bond against damage to the bike. Has anyone out there in the HUBB any recent experience of this company? It may just be that Iceland is expensive in general but if this trip does turn out to be unusually expensive I may consider ferrying my own XT660Z over via Denmark as I could then spend longer riding there.
Any thought very welcome! Regards, stevearmstrongmatchless.
The costs of car hire in Iceland has come down a lot lately, but the MC hire was very very expensive. Bikes go free from Denmark in 2013 at certain times.I am looking at ferrying the bike over and flying there.
Bikes go free from Denmark in 2013 at certain times.I am looking at ferrying the bike over and flying there.
Do you have any details, such as a web link?
Also, how does that work i.e. how is a bike shipped without the rider? (I read about this somewhere else but took it to mean that the bike would be accompanied on a ro-ro type of ferry).
[QUOTE=Walkabout;401689]Do you have any details, such as a web link?
Also, how does that work i.e. how is a bike shipped without the rider? (I read about this somewhere else but took it to mean that the bik
I'm still trying to find out about this.
The link for the ferry is in the Iceland thread : Motorcycles go free to Iceland on Smyril ferries in summer 2013
Icelander here, new on the forum; I have NO relation whatsoever to any of the bike rentals, but I just wanted to add my guess as to why renting bikes is expensive here.
Taxes and tariffs on cars and motorcycles are pretty high I think. for example, an €8000 bike costs €13000 after fees - not including dealer markup. (We do get something for the taxes, such as good roads in a largely unpopulated country ...) Then I don't think motorcycle insurance is cheap here - €600/year isn't uncommon for privately owned bikes; rental insurance is surely higher.
Given these economic barriers, motorcycle rental is unfortunately not as mainstream as it could be here. Therefore I believe the motorcycle rental companies have a strong incentive to service the higher end of the market. Overall, it seems that renters get well maintained specimens of solid brands - KTMs and BMWs - an friendly, flexible, and competent service.
This is speculation on my part - but I am quite sure that the prices of rental motorcycles are largely dictated by the market environment — and that renters also do get something for the money.
If you have a bike and you can get it on the Norræna / Smyril Line ferry, then that's clearly worth looking at.
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