FRIENDLY TIPS AND ADVICE WHEN RENTING A MOPED IN BERMUDA:
Planning on renting a moped in Bermuda? Before meeting my GF, I would say unless you have experience on a motorcycle don’t rent one My girlfriend proved me wrong. With only a 20 min lesson she was able to ride for 5 days with no problems, not one hiccup. Once she got the hang of it, she was speeding and bending corners like a pro. Provided that she turns everything into a competition with me, her ego boosted and fueled her confidence quite a lot. Or perhaps she’s just simply a natural. Everyone is not the same. The roads are at times very narrow with sharp turns and little maneuvering room when, tag along driving on the left side of the road, for those not use to this it can be a very nerve-racking experience.
But remember: She got the hang of it in 20mins. Take it easy and ride slow, anyone can do it if careful
Where to Rent a Moped in Bermuda? Recommendations:
The Rental process:
During the peak of summer most rental locations typically have a decent line and wait time, when it’s your turn, you will be asked for your license and ID, then asked to sign a contract — read it thoroughly. I typically use an AMEX, good for disputing any surprise, or slapped on charges. You will be fitted for a helmet. However like bowling shoes, you’re not the only or first person to wear them, so best to wear a hat under the helmet. Next, you will get a quick tutorial on how the scooter works, then you will be asked to demonstrate your handling skills. Now you’re all set!
Getting the keys
But first, a 20-30 Minute Tutorial before being able to ride off the lot
Wear a hat under your helmet, it has seen many heads
We paid $188 total for 5 days per scooter. These were single passenger scooters, as I am not too confident riding with another person, and it’s a much better experience when each person has their own. Being the driver and experiencing the salty wind in your hair while you hit the throttle is a wonderful experience on the island so if you can afford individuals do so. A double passenger scooter would have cost us only $217 for 5 days.
What about gas?
You will receive a scooter with a full tank of gas with an optional charge of about $10.00 to return the scooter without a full tank. Filling up a scooter is very cheap, and a full tank can last you a few days to a week dependant on your daily commute of-course. During one of my stays for 5 days staying in and navigating from Hamilton to the near by beaches, a full tank lasted 4 days. On another trip, I stayed in St. Davids island and commuted often to Hamilton, sometimes twice a day, and my gauge would take a dip to a half tank quickly.
Gas tank being topped off before riding out.
Parking and safety?
A lock and key are provided, use it at all times when parking the scooter. Many locations especially restaurants will have parking spots for mopeds, or just park in front of your AirBNB location and lock the bike, pretty sure the people that you’re renting from has at lease one Moped since only one car is permitted per family almost all Bermudian know how to ride. If you’re coming from a cruise ship there are plenty of parking spots near the dock.
Locations of rental places, any near Airport or Cruise ship port?
Best suggestion would be to take a taxi upon exiting the airport and call a scooter rental place, they will typical take your credit card over the phone and deliver the scooter to you. Oleander does this I am not too sure if Smatt’s does also. If you’re coming off a cruise there’s a rental location 4 minutes away right in Dockyard.
Keeping your valuables safe while riding?
All scooters have a decent size lockable storage compartment under the seats which can hold beach towels, money, purse, camera and even your helmet which is what it was meant for. None valuables can be placed in the basket in the back — funny enouch this is where i leave the helmet.
Lockable storage, where you can store valuables. Don’t Accidentally lock your keys in there.
Basket in the back for non-valuables.
***SAFETY TIPS AFTER RENTING YOUR SCOOTER IN BERMUDA***
First: Comfortability and the key to it all develop Confidence!
Beside’s safety gear, the second best thing to wear on a moped is confidence. So make sure to allow yourself enough time to get comfortable enough to developed enough of it both in handling & maneuvering, do this before taking a bike out on the road. All rental locations will do a quick evaluation of your skills. Along with providing you a half-an-hour lesson before you’re able to drive off with a Moped.
Second: Pay retention while riding, stay on the Left-Hand side
This almost cost me my life once. There’s so much gorgeous scenery flowing by on both your left and right. At times it becomes very difficult to stay focus on the road without your brain switching to auto, reverting to what it knows — before you know it you now have 10secs to react or face a head-on collision. Bermuda is a British owned overseas territory so traffic norms follow’s their motherland. If you’re coming from the States or Canada remember Right = Wrong, Left = Right.
Third: Speed Limit on the Narrow & Winding Roads
It’s tempting to push the throttle to its max when you gain enough confidence on the road and spot a nice stretch. However, remember to obey the law, the speed limit is 35 Kilometers = 23 miles per hour. There are a few roundabouts that can cause you a little panic while approaching them if you aren’t aware, pay attention to the signs, pick your turn, yield to any traffic already in the circle; when your turn comes don’t hesitate but go. You can always turn back for a do-over if you made a wrong turn. The roads around the Island are a bit winding, so pay close attention to the road markings. You will always be warned of an upcoming time. Signs also point out when to slow down etc, which makes it all very safe.
How long does it take to get to main locations by riding?
Short Simple Answer: Faster than the damn Bus! Renting a scooter in Bermuda is the best way to get around independently.
From Hamilton to:
Elbow Beach –——- 15 Minutes
Horseshoe Bay –—– 25 Minutes
Crystal Caves –———30 Minutes
St George’s –———–55 Minutes
Dockyard –————-70 Minutes
From Dockyard to:
Gibb’s Lighthouse –—-20 Minutes
Horseshoe Bay –——-25 Minutes
Hamilton –————-70 Minutes
St George’s –———–125 Minutes