Frequently asked questions
Choose from the list below to find answers to the most frequently asked questions.
If a subject, on which you would like more information, is not in this list, please contact us.
What are the conditions to rent a motorcycle?
At the day of departure, you must be over 25 years old, hold a motorcycle license validated since more than 2 years, have all the physical capabilities necessary to operate a motorcycle and have a personal means of payment, the rule being that the tenant is the payer.
This means that if you are the tenant you will not be able to present your spouse's bank card for example.
If you're between 21 and 25 years old, you must hold a validated motorcycle licence more than 3 years (including 1 driving car license). You'll pay a "young driver" supplement per rental day, as specified in the general rental conditions.
I lost my driving license, can I still rent a motorcycle?
Statements of loss of theft of the driver license are not accepted. So you cannot rent a motorcycle if you cannot present a valid license.
I have a foreign driving license. Can I use it to rent a motorcycle in your agencies?
We accept international driving licenses which indicate that you are authorized to drive a motorcycle similar to the one you rent, only if accompanied by your original driving license.
Here are some examples of driving licenses that we do accept:
European driving license (Germany, Italy, France, England, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Danemark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Holland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden) : A
Canadian driving license : Class 6A for all provinces except Ontario : Class M
USA driving license : All 50 states require approval of your motorcycle license which is equivalent to the motorcycle you are renting.
Australian driving license : R
Is it possible to book without a credit card
Using a credit card allows us to reduce administrative management. It is the reason why you cannot book or pay using bank checks. Also for security issues, we do not accept cash.
What is the Securit Deposit? Will it be cashed?
The security deposit is intended to cover any damage that may occur during your rental, as well as additional billings (extra kilometers, extra days, fuel upgrade, etc.).
It consists in an imprint of your bank card which is made at the time of departure. It will not be cashed unless you have additional billings upon returning the rental motorcycle. The amount of the security deposit may vary depending on which insurance you choose.
What insurance do you offer on your rentals?
All Universal Riders motorcycles are insured against any material and/or physical damage suffered by the passenger of the rented motorcycle.
We also offer an additional guarantee for the driver, this one being a daily fixed supplement.
What is the Damage Deductible? And the Theft Deductible?
The Deductible is the minimum amount you will pay in case of an accident or theft. This amount can be reduced by susbcribing an optional insurance before to rent your motorcycle.
Have a look at our Gold insurance before you confirm your rental.
In which cases is the tenant not covered by the damage deductible?
The tenant will not be covered by the damage deductible in the following cases:
- The use of the motorcycle by another person who is not designated on the rental contract
- An accident without a third party, or without an identified third party
- A false declaration on the lease or on the amicable accident report (
- Misfueling of the vehicle
- Use of the rented motorcycle for paid passenger transports or motorcycle races, or when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In which cases is the tenant not covered by the theft deductible?
The tenant is not covered by the theft deductible if:
- no complaint has been submitted to the Police
- the keys have not been returned (except if there was a break-in or an aggression).
Can I get out of the french territory with your motorcycles?
Our motorcycles are insured and assisted within France as well as in all the countries listed on the insurance green card 44 countries : list here
However, we kindly ask you to inform us of you plan to leave France and cross international borders during your rental.
What should I do if I have a breakdown?
In case a breakdown happens or a mechanical issue, stop on the side of the road and contact us directly, we will tel you what to do then.
Can I return a motorcycle on a Sunday or a public holiday?
Our rental agencies are closed on Sundays (except Lyon agency) and public holidays. You are responsible for the rented motorcycle up until you return it to one of our staff members at the agency that was previously chosen.
What should I do in the event of an accident?
You must immediately inform us by contacting our customer service representatives and then you must fill out an accident report (provided with the motorcycle papers), with all parties involved, detailing the circumstances of the accident.
If the motorcycle cannot be driven anymore, you should also contact Universal Riders for assistance.
What should I do in case of a breakdown or mechanical failure ?
In the event of a breakdown or other mechanical anomaly / incident, you must not perform any work without the prior consent of Universal Riders.
We invite you to contact us to let us know, all our vehicles are recent and under manufacturer's warranty.
I was caught by an automatic speed camera. What should I do?
Universal Riders will be required under section L.121-3 of the Highway Code to provide your contact information to the police court that will send you the notice of contravention.
Additionnal fees may be charged to you for the treatment and management of any contravention resulting from traffic violations regarding parking, speed limit, or traffic signage...