If you’ve been considering purchasing a motorcycle, you may still be on the fence. Advice from well-meaning loved ones can ensure that you continue to hesitate over buying your dream motorcycle instead of just going ahead and becoming a biker.
Luckily, we’ve already done the hard work for you, and here are the pros and cons of owning a motorcycle:
This can be either an advantage or a disadvantage. Getting caught in the rain is no fun, since not only will you get soaked, but it can make it difficult to ride (especially if you’re new), and cause issues if you’re not careful or concentrating fully. Ice and snow in winter can make riding impossible, and the road salt and grit that’s put on the road to keep ice away can end up damaging the wheels of your bike if you do happen to be brave enough to get outside on the bike.
In summer though, it’s a different story. The heat actually helps your tires stay on the road, and you’ll enjoy a warm breeze as you ride with the sun on your skin.
Customisation and maintenance
One of the good things about owning a motorbike, is getting to a particular part that needs to be replaced is easy, since everything is open. If anything does need to be removed, it’s typically just a plastic panel which is simple and quick. You can also add personal touches on your bike, and can customise with either small or large modifications. One of the best things about owning a motorcycle is maintenance is a lot cheaper compared to owning a car, and you can buy a lot of parts and safety gear online, including , , and even .
There’s little doubt that bikes look cool, but you also need to consider the practicality. For commuting, motorcycles are often ideal since they’re cheaper to run than a car and they can also fit through gaps in traffic on the way. It’s also much easier and cheaper when it comes to finding parking spaces, since they can fit in a much smaller space and can park in all sorts of places. At the same time, many people object to the idea of showing up to work while soaking wet when they’ve gotten caught in bad weather.
Did you know that female motorcycle riders reported higher levels of happiness compared to women who don’t ride? If owning a motorcycle has been a life-long goal, and you’re finally ready to take the plunge and live your dreams, a pro and con list is unlikely to help- you already know what you should do.
Instead of trying to be logical and justify the purchase to yourself, admit that you want a motorcycle just because. It’s ok to want a bike because it goes fast, it looks cool, and it makes a loud noise.