I like the idea of a motorbike (even though I don't really know much about them at all) and I'm hoping you can try to convince me one way or another as to why I should or shouldn't get a motorbike instead of a car.
I'd also appreciate any motorbike riders input :)
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Most Helpful Guy
I ride, not currently (had to sell it), learned eight years ago. It is a cheap, fun way to commute and a great hobby. I've met so many cool people through the shared love of two wheels.
It is very dangerous, but you can take a lot of steps to protect yourself. Always wear your full gear, all the time, no exceptions, even on a blazing hot day. Wear a full face helmet. Don't ride like a lunatic. Leave extra space and always assume the other vehicles haven't seen you.
If you ride, you get to work every day with a smile on your face, and when you go home, you take a two hour detour to enjoy the ride.
The moment I knew it was for me was about halfway through my lessons. I was on a 500cc bike (Kwak ER-5) and we joined a road with a 60mph limit. My instructor was a former police instructor riding a huge BMW tourer and said "come on then, let's go" over the headset, so I cranked the throttle hard. That bike accelerated like you would not believe, I was at 60 in a matter of seconds. Incredible feeling.1
Most Helpful Girl
As a rider and driver myself. These are the things you should be asking yourself.
-car and motorbike registration is the same $748.00
-car and motorbike insurance is the same $457.00
-you're likely to not ride a motorbike during all the seasons. During winter. It's MORE dangerous.
-there are some drivers out there who are not considerate of riders on the road.
-maintenance of a motorbike is costly. If you need a new rear tyre. That'd be $300-400 thank you.
-petrol can last a while in a motorbike (smaller fuel tank compared to cars) but cars can cost cheaply on fuel depending how many litres your car engine is
-protective gear is costly for a motorcycle. You want the best out there as that is the ONLY safety you have with you
-on a motorcycle you can only have ONE pillion (passenger) where you car you can have a couple
-storage. Cars have a boot, motorcycles don't. Unless you buy a cruiser and they have saddles or you buy a back pack. Even by then it's still short on storage
-comfortability. Sports bikes are uncomfy for long periods of times. The muscle pulls on your legs can be painful from changing gear all the time. The position where you're almost leaving over your fuel tank really doesn't help with lower back pain. You don't have anything to protect you from the wind hitting you. If you buy a cruiser they're more comfortable, because you're sitting upright.