While the vast majority of Americans opt to travel by car or SUV, many others prefer the feel of the wind in their hair, the exciting roar of a powerful engine and the feeling of wild abandon that they experience when riding a motorcycle. For those motorcycle owners, nothing less will do. Once you’ve had a chance to consider the benefits and advantages of motorcycle ownership; however, you may come around to their way of thinking.
One of the major benefits of riding a motorcycle is the cost savings over operating a car. The initial purchase of the motorcycle almost always offers a cost savings over a car purchase, unless you choose to buy a top-of-the-line bike. Motorcycles are also considerably lighter than most cars and use substantially less gas, resulting in reduced financial output for their owners. Motorcycles often get double the per-gallon gas mileage that cars do. The fact that motorcycles produce less pollution makes them a green choice that pleases those concerned with protecting the environment.
Motorcycles also present a cost savings for their owners when it comes to repairs. With an engine that’s easily accessible and that requires fewer parts, most common repairs are not enough to break the bank. The ease of working on a motorcycle often allows owners to make repairs themselves, rather than necessitating a costly trip to a professional mechanic.
Many new motorcycle owners are pleasantly surprised when they contact their insurance company for a quote. Insurance for motorcycles is often less than half that of the cost to insure a car or SUV, making them appealing options for that reason alone.
For those who’ve never quite mastered the art of parallel parking on city streets, a motorcycle can be a godsend. The ability to squeeze a motorcycle into the smallest spaces is a major benefit to those who live in highly-populated areas. The ability to pull over easily also adds to the motorcycle’s appeal when you want to snap a picture of a mesmerizing sunset or answer an impromptu call on your cell phone.
While people often perceive motorcycles as unsafe due to danger from car drivers, motorcycles do have safety advantages to offer their owners. For one thing, motorcycles are free of the blind spots that cars present, allowing riders to see oncoming vehicles easily. Motorcycles are also easier to maneuver than cars, allowing riders to more easily avoid crashes. Motorcycle drivers are also less likely to be distracted by conversations with passengers, rambunctious children in the backseat or attending to personal grooming while riding, unlike car drivers.
Aside from the practical benefits of motorcycle ownership, there are several intangible ones as well. Motorcycles allow independent riders to travel alone, but provide riders who are more social the opportunity to travel in groups. It’s not at all uncommon to see two or more riders traveling together as they enjoy a day out on their bikes. Motorcycles make it easy to join forces with other bike enthusiast for a trip across town or across the country.
Motorcycles also provide their owners with the perfect excuse to wear head-to-toe leather. While your office colleagues may raise a few eyebrows if you show up at work in leather gear, no one will blink at the sight of a motorcycle rider decked out in leather. Whether you just think it’s a cool look, or wear it to protect yourself in the event of a spill, is completely your business.