BAD HORSE BIKES
In 2002, after riding over 250,000km in Europe, Marcus decided he needed to explore further and the far-flung roads of New Zealand took his fancy. As can happen over a beer, a grand plan for a great adventure was hatched and he spent over 18 months driving a truck from his hometown of Detmold to New Zealand, the place he now calls home.
Having ridden about 80,000km in his adopted country, Marcus has set up Bad Horse Bikes to help bring to life your BMW motorcycle adventure in New Zealand. He knows you don’t need your hand held – that you are an independent traveller who prefers to discover where the road takes you. He will happily suggest routes and roads and places to visit, but also knows you appreciate the freedom of a fluid itinerary.
Whilst riding in New Zealand, Marcus has two key pieces of advice: always keep an eye on your fuel – it can be a long way between service stations, as he discovered when he had to ask to buy 5 litres of petrol from a man in a pub…and of course the man said yes – they are like that over here.
His other advice? Beware of the wet rain – it isn’t a joke! The intensity of rain in New Zealand means even your fanciest waterproof gear will be waterlogged before too long…try to stay dry.
We encourage you to get in touch with any questions – let’s start the conversation and get your adventure on the road.
Fantastic bike and excellent service.
Marcus is just great. Has all the gear and knowledge to really get you going.
Great bikes, great service. The owners have been also very by arranging us and being flexible. Highly recommend them and will definitely go back!
Marcus and Sally great people awesome to deal with, great experience
All good at Bad Horse Bikes. From initial contact, through airport pickup, paperwork, bike presentation and tank bag and bungie’s, Markus was on the ball. He was friendly and approachable. Highly recommended.
– Highly recommended
– Marcus & Sally are genuine, passionate and will try their best to answer your needs. Just has to ask the right question!
– I will definitely rent from Bad Horse Bikes again.
Couldn’t recommend them more highly. I hired for 4 days for a trip to the Hawkes Bay. Markus was good, communicated clearly, and the bike was in great condition. He obviously has a passion for riding, and was good to have a yarn to. Would definitely hire with them again
Marcus is genuine and has an obvious passion for riding and his bikes. Fantastic communication and commitment to my needs. The Urban GS covered 2600kms and was for me the complete package. A true Jekyll and Hyde of a beast. Totally civil in manners till the magic wand was waved by the right hand and voila instant everything right where it’s needed. Immensely capable motorcycle. Could not received the company or the bike any more highly. Thanx Marcus. 👌👌👌👌👌👌
We rented from Bad Horse Bikes for 6 days. I rode the 310 and the boyfriend rode the RnineT. We had a blast riding the north end of the south island (2 ferry rides required). The bikes were in great condition, no problems, no worries. The RnineT came with Hepco and Becker panniers, so packing was easy. Marcus was friendly and accomodating, the paperwork was easy. He had the time to pick us up and return us to our hotel (thanks!) We brought our own gear, but Marcus provided helmets at no extra charge. We are heading back home to the cold and snow today 🙁
Highly recommend Marcus and Bad Horse Bikes
Marcus was helpful and friendly and provided plenty of useful tips for our first time on 2-wheels in NZ. The bike was in great conduction and a pleasure to ride. We hadn’t brought helmets with us (too baulky to pack in hold luggage) but Marcus found helmets for us even though renting gear wasn’t part of the service. There were no undue/unfair terms or conditions applied like with some rental companies. I would rent from BHB again when next visiting NZ.
Unforgettable experience! Nice riding all around the South Ile. Kind and professional owner. Recommended!
I highly recommend Bad Horse Bikes. It was my second time renting a bike from them. Marcus and Sally have been extremely helpful and super nice. Their bikes are in immaculate condition and well maintained. What a joy to ride!
Great selection of bikes, fabulous people to work with. Highly recommend!
Do look me up if you come to the States during the Sturgis Rally, I will be happy to repay the hospitality.
ka pai to mahi
Marcus keeps his bikes in great condition. Extremely easy to deal with. Highly recommend.
Absolutely fantastic guys to deal with!
Will DEFINITELY be renting bikes from Marcus and Sally again. Bikes presented in immaculate condition, and you can see that they are both passionate about motorcycling and people enjoying the experience of renting their bikes and touring this amazing country.
Highly highly recommend
Marcus was very easy to deal with, bike was top notch. Good selection of helmets
Had the adventure of my life with bad horse bikes! Couldn’t be more grateful for the amazing ride. Marcus knows his stuff and has a variety of amazing BMWs to choose from. He even lent me a helmet and gloves. Stand up guy and definitely the best to rent from in Wellington!!!
Fantastic service, both Marcus and Sally helped me greatly with things such as adding gear to my trip as coming from Australia I wasn’t able to bring my own wet weather gear! Wouldn’t have survived without it. Excellently cared for motorcycle, the R nine T was an absolute workhorse for the 1500ks I put it through, never an issue with the bike whatsoever. Will definitely be going through Bad Horse again if I need another bike rental. Thanks again guys!
Had an amazing time in southern NZ onboard a gorgeous BMW1250GS. Bike was well maintained and was well worth the price, owners are lovely people and really cared about my trip. I’ll be back again for sure
Fantastic company to hire from. nothing was ever too much bother. Marcus and Sally were awesome, friendly, welcoming and so helpful. The bike I hired was just the job for me, set up and equipped perfectly. recommending routes and places to go were spot on and could have asked for more. DEFINITELY WOULD RECOMMEND Bad Horse Bikes to everyone!
Great experience – bike was perfect, nice folks – quick responses. I would definitely recommend them.
A short trip back home to New Zealand was made ever better by Sally and Marcus. Bike was awesome totally suited my needs, simple easy rental thanks Bad Horse you guys made my weekend.
Great impromptu day of riding. Did not plan ahead for this outing but Marcus had us all geared up. He also joined as our guide and took us on an awesome 400km ride to Castle Point and back. Bikes are in mint condition. Good stops along the way. Highly recommended and will go again if back in Wellington. Thank you !
Simon Skjøde Knudsen
Marcus and Sally were very easy to work with in arranging our trip and just genuinely nice people. The bikes were well maintained and in excellent condition, I highly recommend Bad Horse Bikes.
We have just had the ride of a lifetime thanks to Bad Horse Bikes limited. Sally and Marcus were excellent in their service to us. They went the extra mile and even lent us helmets and jackets as we are on a long haul travelling holiday. The bike was my husbands favourite type of bike a BMW so he had an absolute blast on it and what a way to see and experience South Island, New Zealand, we will never forget this trip. Well worth every penny. Thanks to Bad Horse Bikes, would definitely recommend them to anyone.
Last week I rented the BMW R9T. The rental was easy, Sally and Marcus were very accommodating and helpful in advancing me. The bike was well maintained and a lot of fun to drive. The ride itself was awesome, the roads around Wellington are great for driving a motor bike.
Had a great ride in NZ. Bikes was low km near new.
Marcus was easy to deal with as he is a rider himself.
Would recommend Bad Horse Bikes to any rider looking for quality and friendly service
Maritz Du Plessis
Incredible experience with Marcus & Sally, service & knowledge is next level.
They went above & beyond for us.
Hired a BMW R 1250 GSA & rode 2 up for 9 day trip of North Island, beyond comfortable! Bike in pristine condition.
Will definitely be hiring with Bad Horse again, hard to give bike back!!😂🏍️🖤
Marcus and Sally were great to deal with, helpful with advice and really knew the bikes. All the gear was new panniers first rate, bike had new tyres and low km. Roads were fantastic, lots of hills and corners, courteous drivers who pull over to let you pass and very few speed traps. We did 1600 km, would have ridden more but for a few rained out days. Hope to return.
I’ve had a great experience with Bad Horse Bikes. Marcus and Sally are very helpful. They lend me a jacket and gloves and even a gopro with multiple batteries and a charger so I could make some videos along the way. The bike drove fantastic and the roads are very nice! So many beautiful views. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who would like to rent a bike.
What an awesome experience!! Great people to deal with.
I highly recommend Marcus and Sally and plan on hiring again in the future.
Thanks for making the holiday one I won’t forget in a hurry