No Harley? No problem. Jupiter’s Motorcycles, a Brooklyn-based bike service company, and the Bridgehampton Motoring Club are bringing East Enders access to luxury two-wheelers with the click of a button.
Jupiter’s Motorcycles, set to open in Bridgehampton this summer, offers a “motoshare” similar to Zipcar or Hubway bicycles, where customers can subscribe to a yearly membership and rent a motorcycle for a day, a week, a month or a season through the company’s website, www.jupitermc.com. Customers can also opt to “rent on demand” for daily rentals. Riders then choose their desired pick-up date, time and location—currently offered in Midtown, Tribeca and Williamsburg—as well as their desired return location, date and time.
For the on-demand option, membership is free and customers can rent for a day or a week, for $99 to $189 a day, depending on the bike. The payment allows for 225 miles a day and 99 cents is charged for each mile after that. The motoshare membership costs $49 a month for one year, plus $49 a day for rentals. It includes 24/7 access to bikes, insurance, maintenance and storage, and allows 225 miles per day. As with the on-demand rental, 99 cents per mile is charged if a customer exceeds the 225 miles.
In order to become members of the motoshare program, customers must prove they hold a valid motorcycle license, are at least 25 years old, and have three years and 3,000 miles of experience. They also must give a $2,500 security deposit on a credit or debit card. Applications for membership are then reviewed by Jupiter’s team. After the application is approved, customers are emailed an access code, which will open a box containing the keys to the motorcycle chosen via Jupiter’s website at the location chosen by the customer.
“We really felt like the Hamptons were most conducive to the business,” said Jupiter’s Motorcycles operation manager Joonil Park. “Unlike our locations in the city, where the bikes are a little bit lighter and do better in urban areas, our Hamptons location will have bikes that are a little bit larger, more luxurious, and higher-end.”
The service will be based at the Bridgehampton Motoring Club, a collector’s car storage facility on Tradesman’s Path off Butter Lane.
Mr. Park said unlike the Manhattan and Brooklyn locations, which offer around-the-clock access to bikes, the Bridgehampton location won’t be open all the time, but that users will have access to bikes after hours. The details are still being hammered out, he said.
“We’re trying to make this as accessible as possible for people,” Mr. Park said. “This is for people who don’t have the time to maintain a bike, deal with insurance, we do all of that for people. It’s very easy to get involved, the programs in the city have worked exceptionally well, and we hope the Bridgehampton one will, too.”