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Given the way its name evokes images of classic Americana in the form of Peter Fonda on his Harley, you could be forgiven for thinking that Eagle Rider is USA all the way.

However, the world's largest touring bike rental company has a much wider scope than most people would imagine, as Washington DC branch owner Jay Staggs told MotorbikeTimes at this week's Motorcycle Live show.

The touring veteran knows a thing or two about riding cross-country, but prefers a Honda Goldwing to a Harley-Davidson Street Glide and the company's mere presence at the Birmingham NEC shows how it has transcended the borders of the US.

With 20 year's experience, the company now offers guided and self-guided tours in locations as diverse as Sydney, Dubai, Singapore and Portugal.

What's even more appealing is the unique option to take a one-way trip, meaning you don't need to sully the spirit of adventure by retracing your steps at the end of your holiday.

As a result, the company's most popular choice is good ol' Route 66, following the iconic trail from Illinois to California.

However, Jay claims that this route is overrated and relatively boring, suggesting instead that more experienced riders should get adventurous and try a 12-day tour of the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia.

Those who like a bit of structure can choose to have hotels booked for their nightly stop-off, or you can choose to make it up as you go along.

Rental periods vary from 24 hours up to 31 days, although in special circumstances bikers can take off for two months at a time.

Minimum requirements are that riders are at least 21-years-old, have a full motorbike license and can handle their ride without a struggle.

Most branch owners can pick out a suitable ride and if you're still not sure, you can take an assessed ride around the parking lot before committing.

If you're looking to take a touring holiday, renting a bike is a great way to ride a legend. Even if you're not hot on Harleys and Hondas, Eagle Rider also offers BMW sportsters and adventure bikes, as well as Benelli scooters for urban exploring.

There are plenty of companies out there that offer similar services, but the option of taking off and never looking back is certainly hard to resist.

To hear what adventure biker and TV presenter Charley Boorman has to say about Eagle Rider, click on the video below:

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