Riding an ATV is not like driving any other four-wheeled vehicle. It is a unique riding experience that requires practice to perfect, but it is indeed worth the time. ATVs can give you the same adrenaline-filled thrill that a dirt bike can while being more stable. An ATV is still a powerful machine and caution should be taken before you head out on one. Here are some tips to consider when you first start on an ATV.
Wear protective gear. It does not take too long to find your bearings on an ATV, but you can do so even quicker by wearing the right stuff. Using a helmet, jacket, gloves, boots, and goggles will give you the freedom to push your boundaries without pushing past the safety zone. .
Consider your riding position Both an ATV and dirt bike have handles, but steering on an ATV is much different than on a dirt bike. Instead of using your body to distribute weight and shift the vehicle, you use your weight on the opposite side of momentum. So, when you turn right, you will be pushed to the left, but you will want to lean right.
While on flat trails, feel free to sit down and enjoy the sights. But, as you pick up speed on a stimulating trail, you will need to stand up. Doing so will give you more visibility and make you a better rider. Keep your elbows out, knees bent, and hover above your seat. The course you are on will have sudden dips and bumps, so avoid locking your elbows and keep your knees relaxed to absorb movement.
Practice the controls These will become second nature eventually but, in the meantime, practice them. The clutch is to the left of the handlebars while the brakes are on the right. Get in the habit of resting your fingers on these levers every time you sit.
Next, you should practice switching gears. If you were ever taught to drive a stick shift car, then you were probably taken to a parking lot to practice working the clutch and shifting gears until you got a feel for it. You will need to do the same to for shift changing on an ATV to feel smooth and intuitive.
Becoming a skilled and confident rider comes with time and practice. To gain experience with various terrains and get expert advice, contact Paradise Cart Rentals We will make sure you have the right gear and have a good time on the trails.
Costa Rica is the perfect destination to travel around in a motorcycle. There is no better way to take in the warm, South American breeze than to ride around on two wheels with the wind blowing past. The weather is almost always perfect, and you can see a volcano, beach, and waterfall all in one tour. All you need to rent a motorcycle in Costa Rica for less than 90 days is a valid motorcycle license from your home country. After 90 days, you will need to get a Costa Rican driver’s license. Here are some other things to consider when renting a motorcycle during your Costa Rican adventure.
Renting and Insurance In addition to a valid driver’s license from your home country, you will also need a major credit card and your passport to rent a motorcycle. The minimum age for rentals is 21, and you can rent with a debit card, but you will have to pay a damage security deposit. You should inspect the vehicle carefully before using it for damage and note anything you see on the rental agreement.
Road ConditionsThe quality of roads varies in Costa Rica with some that are smoothly paved and others that are bumpy. Most roads are single lane and winding, and others are rock covered. Drive defensively as you will encounter several hazards like pedestrians, cyclists, cattle and hidden speed bumps are placed on some stretches of road.
Road Rules Limits are posted on roads with highway speed maximums between 100 to 120 km/h, with a minimum of 40 km/h. Secondary roads generally have a speed limit of 60 km/h. Speed limits are sometimes enforced with tickets and traffic police use radar to catch speeders. Remember, it is illegal to stop in the middle of an intersection or to turn right on a red light. If you are issued a ticket, you must pay it at the bank or the rental company may be able to arrange payment for you.
Now that you are acquainted with the rental and road rules of Costa Rica, you are ready to rent a motorcycle with Paradise Moto Rentals!
We put together a Motorcycle Rental Guide to help with your motorcycle rental in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Our guideline covers Questions to Ask before the rental, the , Motorcycle Handover and Return.
Questions to Ask
Always make sure to compare like for like, i.e. motorcycle model, equipment, mileage allowance, insurance, breakdown cover and additional services such as delivery and opening hours for pick-up and return. Generally, the motorcycle rental depends on the bike’s running costs, i.e. the depreciation, insurance, servicing intervals, tire consumption and price of spare parts of the individual rental motorcycle.
Who services the rental motorcycles? Safety is paramount in motorcycling. For that reason our motorcycles are maintained at an authorized dealer. We adhere to the highest maintenance standards set by the manufacturer and don't shy away from the costs to keep our rental motorcycles permanently in tiptop condition.
How old are the bikes? To ensure first-class service, Motorbike Trip only offers the latest models. Rental motorcycles cover high mileage in short periods of time. A rental motorcycle with high mileage is not necessarily a bad thing as long as it’s been carefully maintained.
What does the insurance cover? Third party insurance is mandatory in Costa Rica and covers damage to others. We do not offer Theft Insurance if the motorcycle is stolen. We strongly recommend you take out the maximum insurance coverage to avoid a mishap turning into a major expense.
How much will an accident cost? The insurance excess, also known as insurance deductible is the amount of the claim the rider has to bear. As a rule of thumb, the higher the value of the motorcycle the higher the excess.
What happens in case of a breakdown? Make sure to find out what countries are covered. Our rental motorcycles are covered within a 25 kilometer area. In the unlikely event of a breakdown, our breakdown service will take you and the bike to the next garage. If the bike cannot be repaired locally, we take you back to Tamarindo at no cost and provide a replacement vehicle.
What time for bike pick-up and return? Depending on your travel schedule, you might be arriving very early or late. At Paradise Moto Rental, you can pick up and return your motorcycle outside of office hours. We guarantee to be on time.
It is in the interest of the rental company and the rider to mark down all damages. Take your time to look at the bike and indicate all damages. Ensure all safety-relevant devices such as indicators, horn and lights are working. Also check the fuel level, front and rear brake for lever travel and inspect the chain tension. Verify that the tires are in good condition and ask when the tire pressures were checked. Our rental motorcycles go through a detailed check before and after each rental. Be it the tires, brakes, clutch, engine fluids, chain, electric system or accessories - our checklists don't leave anything to chance. If the rental motorbike isn't in 100% working order, it won't be rented.
Familiarize yourself with the electronics of the bike, the locking mechanisms and find out the best way to get the bike on and off its stand. Do not hesitate to ask questions. Only sign the paperwork, once you are happy with everything. You should receive a copy of the rental contract. To ensure a smooth return, confirm the location and time when you bring back the motorcycle.
After having enjoyed your rental motorcycle, it is time to return it at the agreed location and time. Together with Paradise Moto Rentals, you will check through the motorcycle. Damages can happen. We recommend being honest about it. Rental companies know their bikes inside out and being untruthful about damages will only create an uncomfortable situation. If everything is on order, you should receive written proof. This will protect you from any future claims such as missing fuel.
Following the above steps helps avoid any pitfalls when renting a motorcycle. Please do not hesitate to contact Motorbike Trip in case of questions or further information.
Have a safe journey!!