Army veterans to open scooter, motorcycle rental and touring business

Publish Date: 
Mar 19, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. - Three Army veterans are launching a scooter and motorcycle rental and touring business to cater to Richmond’s college crowd.

Brandon Costanzo, Brian Burnett and Alan Tuck said they plan to open RVA Rides this spring. Costanzo told Richmond Biz Sense rentals of the smallest scoots will start at $25 a day and increase with the class and engine size.

The trio is counting on four nearby colleges to provide clientele. “Scooters are an inexpensive way to get around, so we’re really trying to cater to that market,” Costanzo said.

The company is leasing a 3,000 sq. ft. space for a showroom and repair shop. The partners said they hope to open between April 15 and May 1.

RVA Rides is starting out with a fleet of 24 motorcycles and 30 scooters. The shop will carry most major brands, including Honda, Yamaha and Harley Davidson, Costanzo said.

The partners are reportedly financing the venture with an SBA Patriot Express Loan and the help of several private investors. The company is also pursuing money from grant programs for veterans.

The shop will only rent motorcycles to licensed riders but plans eventually to offer the state rider training program. RVA Rides will also lead motorcycle tours. “The lengths and routes of each of the tours will depend on the level of experience of the group,” Costanzo said. “We’re planning a four- to five-hour round trip to Tappahannock that should be easy enough for beginners.”

Posted by Holly Wagner