If you’re a car fan, this article is not for you. You can go back to your comfort zone and dream about a sports car while you’re closely approaching your midlife crisis. If you’re already into motorcycles and don’t know much about other types of vehicles, this article isn’t for you either. You have already made your choice and I salute you for it.
However, if you’re close to getting your driver’s license and still ponder between a car and a motorcycle, here are some reasons why you should go for the second option.
Coolness seems to be a high-importance factor for men who are looking for a new pair of wheels. Forget power, tank capacity or the leather interiors as those aren’t mandatory. If a set of wheels looks cool enough to impress your family, friends, and, most importantly, your neighbors, it’s good enough to put a second mortgage on your house.
But how cool would it be to come back home one day riding one of those mad choppers or Harleys you grew up dreaming of? In the end, you have to admit. No matter how new or shiny a car might look, you’ll never be as cool driving it as you would be on the saddle of a powerful motorcycle. Leather jacket and beard mandatory.
They provide the perfect opportunity for a wardrobe change
If you’re tired of your old shirts and office pants you have to take with you to work daily, owning a motorcycle will give you the perfect excuse to empty your credit card. Jokes aside, investing in protective gear is mandatory even if you take your motorbike for a ride around the neighborhood, so make sure you pick the right pieces for you.
From the iconic black leather jacket to vests, padded jeans, helmets, and gloves, everything must be brand new and of superior quality to last you for a long time. Don’t forget about adding some motorcycle boots as well and, if you can’t seem to pick the perfect pair, here is a list with only the best ones.
They are cheaper than cars
I remember buying my first motorcycle with the money I made working for my dad during the summer break of my final high school year. It wasn’t a new one and I ended up spending more time in the garage fixing it than actually riding it but it was all mine.
Even if you want to opt for bikes in the luxury category, you’ll still end up paying significantly less than on a car. Based on your preferences, brand, power, design, and features, you can spend up to $50,000 or a little more for a bike, whereas the fastest sports cars will take out of your pocket millions of dollars plus the insurance cost.
If you don’t plan on getting the latest low rider from Harley Davidson, a decent second-hand bike won’t cost you more than $10,000-12,000. Adding all the protective gear and maintenance, you’ll still end up paying less than for a regular, boring sedan.
Parking is easier and more affordable
Let’s face it – looking for a parking space in heavy-traffic cities can take hours. The bad thing is that not even paid parking lots have available spots for drivers who are looking for a place to leave their cars in the middle of the day.
Under these circumstances, most people who depend on means of transportation to get to their jobs on time each morning choose alternative solutions like public transportation. Except for bikers.
We already established that bikers are cooler than those driving regular cars, so why not strut your vehicle on the crowded streets first thing in the morning, while you casually find a parking space right outside your office?
There are plenty of allocated slots for motorcycle enthusiasts and, if you can’t find one, there is always the option of a narrow alley or side street that won’t mind receiving your vehicle for a couple of hours while you run your errands.
Have we mentioned the parking fees? If you live in big cities like New York or LA owning a parking spot is pure gold as they are sold for astonishing prices, sometimes even exceeding those of apartments. However, motorcycle owners won’t spend more than $15-$20 a month for a sheltered seasonal parking slot.
And, due to their small dimensions, they will fit in just about anywhere. If you know how to properly park them, you can cram up to six motorbikes in the parking spot of a regular car, meaning you’ll have enough space left in your garage for storing other vehicles.
They are better for the environment
The real American trucks and SUVs are known for their impressive size and gas consumption. However, since the air we breathe is becoming more polluted, wouldn’t it be better to look for alternative solutions?
Electric cars became more popular in the past decade once the battery autonomy increased but they are still far behind the performances and autonomy of regular gas cars. Under these circumstances, a motorcycle seems like the perfect option.
You’ll save more fuel and still reach your destination fast and easy, without having to worry about finding a charging station on your route.
Plus it’s way more sexy to ride a motorcycle than a regular car like everyone else.
Insurance premiums cost less
Why spend dozens of thousands of dollars for your insurance premiums when you can pay less and have the same benefits for your motorbike?
According to specialists in the field, motorcycle owners pay up to 68% less on motorbike premiums by comparison to car premiums. And, even though premiums vary depending on the type of bike you are riding, you’ll still pay less for a two-wheeler.
They can help you make new friends
Everyone owns a car nowadays but motorcycles are still considered rare, which means each owner will feel like being part of a special, exclusive family. And this is not far from the truth, as most bikers are always eager to find other people to share the same enthusiasm and passion for these vehicles.
Not to mention the famous Motor Clubs. Do you imagine how Hells Angels members would have looked if they were driving regular pick-up trucks or cars? Not too cool, I reckon. Although I’m not saying you should join a shady motor club just for the sake of it, you can’t deny the fact that owning a motorcycle gives you the feeling of belonging to a strong and united community that will look after you.
You’ll be a part of the scenery
Riding a bike gives you a sense of liberty that you don’t normally get with cars. Instead of being surrounded by a metal case that seals you from the outside world, you can be a part of the scenery by riding a motorcycle.
You’ll feel the wind blowing and the warmth of the sun on your skin, while the fresh air will keep you alert on the highway.
They are easier to clean
Last but not least, looking after a bike will take you less time than cleaning and looking after a regular car. Cleaning substances and agents cost less and, with the surface being significantly smaller, you’ll spend half an hour, on average, for properly cleaning your bike from dust, dirt, and debris.
How to find the perfect bike?
If you already convinced yourself that a bike is what you need in your life right now, it’s high time you picked the perfect model and brand for you.
A word of advice? Stay away from choppers or low riders if you’re a newbie. Although they are amongst the coolest and most popular types of motorcycles, they are also more powerful and require a lot of strength to control them properly.
If you’re new in the field, pick an item that meets your budget expectations and is lightweight. They are easier to handle and won’t cost as much as high-end vehicles in terms of maintenance and insurance.
Before deciding on a model, take your bike for a quick drive test to see how it feels.
Keep in mind that your bike must fit you perfectly and be easy to ride to actually prove itself useful and safe in the long term.
The power of a bike is also important but don’t go chasing after the ones that sound “furious” when you turn on the engine unless you know how to ride them. If we’re talking about your first bike, it would be best to stick to city bikes with limited speeds that are safer and easier to ride.