Motorcycle Rentals in Orlando
The Biker's Guide to Orlando
Travel writer Clodagh Dooley shares the trails and cultural sights to help you make the most of a motorcycle trip in and around Orlando, Florida
There’s a reason Florida is known as the ‘Sunshine State’, and Orlando, ‘The City Beautiful’. With a subtropical climate, streets lined with palm trees, green neighborhoods, crystal clear lakes, and, of course, legendary theme parks, Orlando is a vibrant city, but also an oasis of serenity.
As Walt Disney famously said he wanted Disneyland “to be most of all a happy place” and a “place to experience the wonders of life, of adventure.”
That description is also Orlando in a nutshell – it’s a city of wonder, where possibilities are endless.
The endless sunshine, numerous attractions, and scenic routes make Orlando one of the best places to explore on the back of a Harley Davidson or Indian Motorcycle.
For motorcyclists seeking the ultimate two-wheeled adventure, owning a motorcycle of their own is also no longer a necessity. Explorify offers affordable motorcycle rentals in Orlando for a wide variety of motorcycle makes and models offering visitors and locals alike the opportunity to ride on various scenic routes and experience Orlando’s incredible biking culture, first-hand.
Based in Kissimmee, just 30 minutes from downtown Orlando, Explorify Motorcycle Rentals Orlando is the ultimate rental company to help you book the motorcycle of your dreams, whether that be a Harley-Davidson, Indian, BMW, KTM, or Honda, we’ve got you covered!
So twist the throttle and rev your engine – here are just some of the most popular and recommended motorcycle routes to explore in and around Orlando:
Overseas Highway (Highway 1)
One of the most iconic roads in the USA, the Overseas Highway is a 113-mile ride stretching from Miami through the Florida Keys to Key West. Sometimes called ‘The Highway That Goes to Sea’. This route offers stunning views of the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Experience the breathtaking bridges, picturesque islands, and tropical landscapes. While you can ride the highway in about four hours, allow time to experience the ever-changing scenery of the seas. And the glorious sunrises and sunsets.
Tamiami Trail (Highway 41)
Also known as Route 41, the Tamiami Trail is an approximately 113-mile route stretching from Miami to Tampa. The historic road takes you through the heart of the vast Everglades wilderness. The Everglades is home to flamingos, panthers, bobcats, and alligators which are all becoming a common sight to intrepid bike riders! The Tamiami Trail gives you a glimpse into the real Florida, showcasing the indigenous wildlife that evolved there. It’s a chance to savor the scenic beauty of this diverse and iconic Florida landscape. Read more about the trail here.
A1A Scenic Byway
Stretching from Key West to Fernandina Beach, the approximately 339-mile A1A Scenic Byway is a spectacular coastal ride. Here, you not only find beauty on the open road, coupled with front-row ocean views but also five centuries of history in the US’ oldest city, St Augustine. This legendary route features state and national parks, stunning beaches and charming beach towns, culinary experiences, and unique attractions filled with the arts, history, and culture.
Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail
Located near Daytona Beach, this 30-mile loop combines beautiful coastal views, tree-canopied roads, and a glimpse of Florida's past. Motorcyclist Jan C, says “The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail is one of the prettiest motorcycle rides in the area. Riding along the river in the back estuaries is simply stunning. It truly looks like old Florida. You can end up on the A1A and continue the ride along the ocean. A great way to see Florida's back roads.”
Ocala National Forest
The scenery, roads, and trail networks combine to make Ocala National Forest a popular destination for motorcycle and off-road riders. You’ll ride through winding roads, dense forests, and around the crystal-clear waters of Lake George. Experience the serenity of the forest and be on the lookout for wildlife as you navigate this picturesque route. You might even spot an alligator sunning itself by the side of the road! But make sure to view wildlife from a safe distance and keep on riding. Also check out the Black Bear Scenic Byway, located in the Ocala National Forest, which takes you through dense forests, by sparkling lakes, and along winding roads. The Florida black bear is at its highest population density here.
Gulf Coast Ride (Highway 98)
Explore Florida's beautiful Gulf Coast by riding along Highway 98, going from Pensacola to Apalachicola. Approximately 198 miles, this ride offers stunning views of pristine beaches, gulf towns such as Port St Joe and Mexico Beach, and charming fishing villages. Experience the laid-back atmosphere and enjoy fresh seafood along the way.
North Florida Twisties
Head to North Florida for some exhilarating twisty roads. Areas such as Tallahassee, Gainesville, and the surrounding countryside offer scenic rides with plenty of twists, turns, and elevation changes, with roads varying from highway to country road. North Florida provides an exhilarating experience for motorcycle enthusiasts.
Okeechobee Scenic Trail
The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail – which goes by the acronym LOST – circles the lake of its namesake. It’s the largest freshwater lake in Florida. This route will take you through sugarcane plantations and rural Old Florida, providing a sense of tranquility as you journey around the lake.
Apalachicola National Forest
Beginning in the city of Apalachicola, travel northeast and loop around Apalachicola National Forest, skirting the Panhandle coast before arriving back in Apalachicola. Or you could connect Tallahassee and Apalachicola and travel on the Apalachee Parkway, through the Apalachicola National Forest. Experience the beauty of the largest national forest in the state of Florida, ride past rivers and creeks, and immerse yourself in the natural splendor of North Florida.
Before or after you embark on your motorcycle adventures in and around Orlando, take advantage of the many attractions the city has to offer. Here are just some I would recommend exploring:
Orlando is famous for its world-class theme parks. Take a break from riding and immerse yourself in the magic of Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, or SeaWorld Orlando. Shauna McCrudden, journalist and travel writer, says, “Being a complete film buff, I adored Universal Orlando Resort. At times, it felt like I was walking on the set of many different films and TV shows – just with the addition of thrilling roller coasters! Universal is home to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a Simpsons ride, a Jurassic Park adventure park and you can even save Earth from the Decepticons in Transformers: The Ride-3D! Kids and adults alike will experience a world of wonder and create lasting memories while visiting Orlando’s theme parks – I certainly felt in my element!”
Orlando’s theme parks only reveal one part of the city’s story – the rest of the tale unfolds in distinctive neighborhoods, towns, and districts throughout the area. Discover the vibrant energy of Downtown Orlando. Park your bike and explore the downtown area on foot, visiting local shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Check out the Church Street District or Lake Eola Park in Thornton Park District for a relaxing stroll. Or catch a Broadway show at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Visit Daytona Beach
Take a day trip to Daytona Beach, located just an hour northeast of Orlando. Cruise along the iconic Daytona Beach Boardwalk, visit the Daytona International Speedway (the World Center of Racing), or simply relax on the beach.
Explore the natural surroundings
Central Florida is home to many beautiful natural areas. Visit the Wekiwa Springs State Park, with beautiful emerald springs feeding the Wekiwa River and lush tropical hammocks. Or the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, with over 500 species of wildlife.
Attend motorcycle events
Keep an eye out for motorcycle events happening in and around Orlando. The Daytona Bike Week is known as the world’s largest annual motorcycling event and will be happening again from 1st -10th March 2024. There’s also Biketoberfest, which is taking place this year on 19th-22nd October, as well as other rallies and gatherings. Connect with fellow riders and enjoy the vibrant motorcycle culture of Florida!
Experience water sports and outdoor activities
Orlando is not only about theme parks and urban attractions. Take advantage of nearby lakes, such as Lake Marion in Kissimmee and Lake Ivanhoe for water sports such as jet skiing, paddleboarding, or kayaking. There are also opportunities for fishing, airboat tours, and hiking in the surrounding areas and national parks. Another unique water-based activity is at Wild Florida Airboats and Wildlife Park, just a 45-minute drive from central Orlando. Wild Florida offers beautiful airboat tours during the day, relaxing sunset airboat tours, and exciting night tours that travel deep into the protected swamps, marshes, and rivers that make up the Central Florida Everglades. Shauna McCrudden says, “You can get an in-depth look at the gators, birds, eagles, trees, and plants, as you glide through over 100,000 acres of beautiful wetlands. It’s incredible! There’s also a newly opened Drive-thru Safari, where guests can drive their own car through a self-guided tour to see more than 100 exotic animals and native Florida wildlife.”
Visit some motorcycle-friendly hangouts
Orlando has a growing motorcycle community with several establishments catering to riders. Look for motorcycle-friendly bars, cafés, and restaurants, where you can meet fellow riders, swap stories, and enjoy camaraderie. For example, there’s Johnny’s Fillin’ Station, which has excellent food including award-winning burgers, and Johnny's Other Side, across the road from Johnny’s Fillin’ Station. You’ll often see motorcycles parked up outside. Then there are biker bars such as Shovelhead Lounge, with live music, karaoke, and great food.
Why Opt for Motorcycle Rentals in Orlando?
Florida is among the few states in the United States where you could potentially ride a motorcycle all year round. This makes Florida a haven for motorcycle enthusiasts, as apart from the scenic routes, it is also home to some of the most prestigious motorcycle events and has a thriving motorcycle culture.
This is why it makes sense to opt to rent a motorcycle rather than a car or other vehicle when exploring Orlando or the rest of Florida. A motorcycle offers plenty of advantages that a four-wheel-drive vehicle simply can’t provide. This includes:
An Incredible Level of Flexibility and Freedom!
When you are riding a motorcycle, it’s just you and the open road. You don’t need to worry about meticulously planning your itinerary or looking forward to finally arriving at your destination after a dull drive in a car.
When you are on a motorcycle, the adventure begins as soon as you get on the seat and rev the engine. It is no longer about the destination but rather about the journey. You can set your own pace, stop whenever you like at scenic destinations, and completely immerse yourself in the riding experience while enjoying all that Florida has to offer!
A Sense of Thrill and Adventure!
When riding a motorcycle, you are in tune with your surroundings. You can feel everything, from the wind rushing past your face to the vibrations of the engine and the sounds of the open road. It is a sensory experience unlike any other as you and your machine are one entity as you cruise the beautiful scenic roads of Florida. This feeling of exhilaration, thrill, and excitement can only be had when riding a motorcycle.
Convenience and Affordability
Renting a motorcycle in Orlando is now just as convenient and easy as renting a car. You can either rent online or call in to make your bookings. Top motorcycle experience companies such as Explorify also allow you to rent a motorcycle from one location and drop it off at another, which was unheard of until only recently.
This option has allowed riders to take on longer journeys without having to worry about driving the motorcycle all the way back to drop it off from the same place they picked it up. With six locations spread across the United States, and more to come, motorcyclists can now take on journeys across vast distances exploring not just Florida, but many of America’s most iconic locations.
Renting a motorcycle is also considered cheaper than renting a car, especially for longer journeys. The cost of fuel is significantly lower for a motorcycle as compared to any standard rental car, which makes it a great choice for solo adventurers.
Always remember, Safety First!
While Florida may be one of the most scenic states for motorcycle riding, it’s also important to make sure you stay safe. Before hitting the road, ensure your motorcycle is in good condition. Wear proper safety gear including a helmet, and familiarize yourself with local traffic laws and regulations. Stay alert and ride defensively, especially in high-traffic areas.
Orlando's weather can also get hot and humid, especially during the summer months. So stay hydrated, wear appropriate riding gear, and plan your rides during the cooler parts of the day when possible.
If you are not bringing your own motorcycle, don’t worry! Motorcycle rentals in Orlando, such as Explorify Motorcycle Rentals Orlando have an expert team of professionals that give you the best advice on staying safe on your motorcycle, as well as tips on the best routes to take, directions, and hidden gems along the way.
You can also choose to rent a support vehicle or an open or enclosed trailer from Explorify which will allow you to have the best of both worlds; a motorcycle to ride on when you are feeling adventurous and a support vehicle such as a truck, van, or trailer to haul your luggage, provide weather protection, and store your motorcycle when not in use.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q) How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Motorcycle in Orlando?
Renting a motorcycle can cost anywhere from $100/day to $250/day depending on the make and model you are looking for. Grand Touring and VIP Prestige Line classes are the most expensive to rent while the adventure and street touring classes are on the lesser end of the spectrum.
Q) Is Orlando Motorcycle-Friendly?
Yes, Orlando has a rich motorcycle culture and is certainly motorcycle friendly. However, Florida as a whole is known for having dangerous roads and amongst the highest number of road accidents. As a motorcyclist, you must be cautious when riding and always keep your eyes peeled on the road, especially for wildlife and natural hazards.
Q) What Do I Need to Rent a Motorcycle in Orlando?
Motorcycle rentals in Orlando would require you to have a valid motorcycle license, a decent driving record, and be over 21 years of age. You will also need a credit card to pay for your rental and insurance fees.
Q) Do You Need Insurance to Ride a Bike in Florida?
Florida’s laws regarding motorcycle insurance can be tricky to comprehend. On one hand, you don’t require insurance to ride or register a motorcycle. On the other hand, if you do have an accident not only will you be liable for any financial damages, but will also be faced with penalties if you don’t have insurance.
If it is determined that the accident was your fault and you aren’t insured you might even get your license suspended, face civil fines, or worse lose your riding privileges. As such, even though it isn’t mandatory, never ride a motorcycle in Florida without adequate insurance.
Explorify - Your One-Stop-Shop for Motorcycle Rentals in Orlando
Florida is a wonderful place for motorcyclists, with many locals relying on their motorcycles for daily commutes. It is also home to major events like the world-famous Daytona Bike Week. With magnificent ocean views and even better-hidden gems to explore, there is no shortage of intriguing sights and fantastic riding weather for motorcyclists to enjoy.
So, if you are itching to get on the back of a motorcycle and explore Orlando and the rest of Florida, pick up the phone and call +1-800-284-8482.
Our team will help you pick the best motorcycle for your needs, help you plan out your itinerary, and provide insights and tips to make your motorcycle journey one of the most memorable ones yet!
As the Disney song ‘A Whole New World’, from the film ‘Aladdin’ goes: “Unbelievable sights, indescribable feeling. Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling through an endless diamond sky.”
Orlando certainly is a ‘whole new world’, just waiting to be explored with Explorify Motorcycle Rentals Orlando!