The Pros And Cons Of Owning A Motorcycle
Have you ever dreamed of owning a motorcycle? It’s a pretty popular desire, particularly for men or anyone who’s a bit of speed freak. Adrenaline makes you happy, and there’s nothing like the adrenaline that riding a bike can give you. There are downsides to owning to a motorcycle, though. It’s not all fun and games, and they’re not necessarily suited to a family man. But that doesn’t mean you should write off the idea of having one. If you’re thinking about it, weighing up the pros and cons is essential before you put any money into buying a motorbike.
There are some great reasons to own a motorcycle, whether you’ve never ridden one before or you’re looking to get back to it after a break.
It’s a Lot of Fun
Let’s face it, the main reason you want to get a motorbike is that it’s cool. It will make you look and feel awesome, and it’s so much fun too. Sure, you still have to stick to the speed limit while you’re on the road (in fact, you need to be extra careful), but there’s nothing like feeling the wind as you ride. Why be trapped inside the metal box of a car when you could be getting in touch with everything around you? If you can’t stand your journey to work every morning, swapping out your car for a bike could be what you need to get a new lease on life.
It Could Be More Affordable Than You Think
You probably look at motorcycles and think they must be expensive, especially when it comes to the big names like Harley Davidson. Just like any vehicle, they can get very expensive. However, that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. You can easily buy a more affordable bike, and you can even go for one of the luxury brands if you’re prepared to buy used. Sites like CleanHarleys.com help you find the perfect used bike in great condition. You’re likely to spend a lot less on a bike than a car. Owning a motorcycle can save you money in other ways too, requiring less fuel and less space to store it.
Decrease Your Carbon Footprint
Bikes are more fuel efficient than cars and trucks. You’ll be saving money and doing your bit for the environment by choosing to ride instead of drive. You’re only using a small vehicle, instead of driving a car with most of the seats empty, so your carbon footprint isn’t any larger than it needs to be. If you’re looking for a fuel-efficient bike, Honda is particularly good at making them. There are also discussions of how hybrid technology could be useful for motorcycles in the future.
Have Advantages on the Road
Riding a motorbike instead of being in a car can give you some advantages over other drivers on the road. Firstly, it’s easier to park your bike. It’s only small, so finding a space for it is much simpler. The slim shape of a motorcycle also means you can weave between traffic, which can help you to get where you’re going faster. Of course, if you want to take advantage of these benefits, you need to be courteous on the roads too. Don’t be that hated rider who annoys all the drivers.
There are downsides to owning a motorcycle too, which are important to consider before you decide to buy one. They won’t necessarily put you off, but you should acknowledge their existence.
It’s Not Exactly Family Friendly
Riding a bike might be cool, but it’s not ideal if you’ve got kids. Once you start a family, you could still have a motorcycle for your daily commute or just to take out on the weekends. But any time you need to go somewhere with your family, the bike will be staying firmly in the garage. Some people end up selling their bike when they start a family because they no longer have the time to ride it. Having children or being in a long-term relationship can also make you feel more concerned about safety. When it’s just you, you’re willing to take a few more risks, but you don’t want to leave your family on their own.
There’s a reason that some people call motorcycles “donorcycles”. Being on a bike leaves you more vulnerable, and if you have an accident, you’re more likely than a car driver or passenger to be injured or killed. In fact, the NHTSA says that a motorcyclist is 27 times more likely to die in an accident than occupants of other vehicles. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to be safe on the road. Wearing the right protective gear and engaging in responsible behavior can reduce your risk of accidents.
Only Really Good in Fair Weather
You ideally need certain weather conditions to enjoy yourself on a motorcycle. On a fine day, you can feel comfortable and arrive at your destination safely. But anything from rain to a really hot day could stop you want to get on your bike. You don’t want to get soaked in the rain or be uncomfortably hot in your protective gear. Staying safe when it’s wet or icy is harder too, which is another reason to leave your bike at home when the weather isn’t so great.
You Need a Motorcycle License
If you’re new to riding a motorcycle, you’re going to need to get your license. You usually need to have a separate endorsement on your driver’s license that shows you know how to ride a bike safely and legally, which requires a test separate to the one for driving a car. It might not take you too long to learn, but you’re going to have to spend the money making sure that you’re legally allowed to ride on the road. Visit dmv.org to find out how to get your license.
Before you get yourself a motorcycle, think about the pros and cons of owning one. It’s important to consider everything before making a decision. It’s The Gentlemen’s Curb a lifestyle blog where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way.