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The Risks And Rewards Of Getting A Motorcycle

Author: Mike Yates

The risks and rewards of getting a motorcycle

With gas prices skyrocketing and car maintenance as expensive as ever, many people are trying to think of ways to reduce their driving. Walking more, commuting on a bicycle or taking public transportation more frequently are all popular choices. Much more fuel efficient and less expensive to maintain, getting a motorcycle is another option, although some consider them unsafe and impractical.

If you're considering switching to a motorcycle, what should you know?

They are cheaper
With fewer and simpler parts, motorcycles are less expensive to repair and maintain. Also, at about twice as fuel-efficient as cars, you will save a substantial amount of money on gas.

The ability to park them almost anywhere will also likely save you money and time. Plus, because it is possible to navigate around traffic, you can save some time on your commute.

Hidden costs
First, you will need to get a separate license and some extra gear, which isn't necessarily cheap. Also, on days with inclement weather, you will likely be forced to find another way to get where you're going, which could cost you. Furthermore, shopping and transporting others are difficult with a bike, so budget more time into your schedule.

More dangerous
There's no doubt about it: motorcycles are less safe than other forms of transportation. With little in the way of protection, and a fairly steep learning curve, motorcycles are, proportionally, among the leading causes of injury.

Location matters
Much more than cars, where you live and work has a huge effect on the relative merits of getting a motorcycle. Climates with a lot of precipitation negate many of the benefits of owning a bike. Likewise, areas with little traffic are much safer for riding, while cities can increase your chance of injury substantially.

In Brief

  • Much more fuel efficient and less expensive to maintain, getting a motorcycle is another option, although some consider them unsafe and impractical.
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