One of the world’s largest motorcycle-rental outfitters, EagleRider gives chrome jockeys access to its formidable fleet of BMWs, Harleys, Hondas, and Triumphs, as well as the gear necessary for day-long odysseys on the open road. Customers first select their two-wheeled steed of choice, from the touring Twin Cam Harley-Davidson Road King to the easy-riding Harley Dyna Wide Glide. They then undergo orientation, brushing up on all aspects of safety and bandana tying. Once revved up, Fonda channelers slap on leather jackets, secure helmets, and mount the concrete with the faithful assistance and droll commentary of a GPS navigation system. Though basic liability insurance is provided with each rental, clients will have to gas up tanks and leave a major credit card for a security deposit before departing on low-riding jaunts.
At Desert Express Car Wash, a 160-foot-long, state-of-the-art automated kiosk cleans exteriors in as little as six minutes. The wash tunnel performs four different washes, ranging from a basic but powerful soft-touch wash to a Premium Everything wash with triple-foam polish wax and clear-coat protectant. Patrons can then pull into one of 28 complimentary self-serve vacuum stations sheltered by a curved metal covering. The stations also feature vending machines with towels, soda, and air fresheners fragrant enough to make GPS machines calculate routes to Fiji. Not only does the car wash look futuristic, it also looks to the future by recycling all of its water.
Staffed with meticulous technicians and equipped with advanced cleaning technology, Car Wash of Palm Desert's facility refurbishes soiled vehicles of all sizes with full-service car wash and detail services. Gentle washes add cleaning products to their dirt-purging routine, and technicians augment express and complete detail packages with shine-restoring hand waxes and confidence-restoring pep talks. Open seven days a week, the wash center swells with the sounds of vehicles forfeiting dirt and lamenting single-car garages, and an onsite gift shop offers an array of keepsakes and greeting cards for browsing customers or infant scooters afraid of bath time.
At Palmer Automotive & Electric's AAA-approved full-service repair and maintenance shop, ASE-certified technicians flaunt their expertise in an array of services, including oil changes, wheel alignments, and brake repairs. They welcome all vehicle makes and models into their garage, which boasts computer diagnostics and shelves of NAPA auto parts. To help to simplify service, the staff supplies a drop box for before- or after-hours drop-offs and mans a local shuttle service that transports auto owners to nearby homes, offices, or unfilled-in potholes.
Big O Tires outfits wheels with tires from Michelin, Goodyear and other trusted brands–including their own Big O brand tires that are backed by a three-year warranty and a lifetime of rotations. The retailer has been in the road-ready rubber trade since 1962, when it began as a single co-op; over the past five decades, it has blossomed into a network of more than 480 locations, spanning 20 states. The shops’ ASE-certified technicians not only specialize in tires, but also tend autos with a comprehensive array of repair and maintenance services. They deftly change oil, replace brakes, and meticulously administer multi-point inspections, which ensure that headlights work and that wiper blades aren’t actually sleeping rattlesnakes.