The company already has a sharing service for cars, so why not motorbikes?
Even new Ford global boss Jim Hackett sees a future where cars won’t be owned but shared. The company has started up a ride-sharing brand called Chariot in California.
Twisted Road is now hiring
Since October 2017, US company Twisted Road has been offering a motorbike version of Airbnb and Turo which operate online services to rent short-term accommodation and hire private cars.
Motorcycle rental costs vary and the revenue is split 70-30 between owners and Twisted Road.
CEO Austin Rothbard says they have about 375 motorcycles listed in 35 states in the USA.
“For now, the entire fleet is located in the United States,” he says.
“However, we’ve received strong interest from riders in Australia, New Zealand, Guatemala, Portugal, Columbia, the UK, Uruguay, and Slovakia.
“Before we start operations in any of these regions, we want to ensure that we are prepared. Our first mission is to provide an exceptional customer experience, and global expansion needs to be methodical.”
Austin says the idea was forged when he was vacationing with his family in a beautiful part of the United States.
“I thought ‘I wish I had my bike,” Austin says.
“Over the coming months, this happened with more and more frequency and after discussing this with riders, I realised I wasn’t the only one. Many others had said these six discouraging words. ”
“A few months later, in the beginning of 2017, I started the company with a goal of connecting riders so that people could ride wherever they wanted.
“After 10 months of searching for the right insurance option and building the website, we went live in October.
“Our company has been lucky as we have seen some early traction and growth.”