Paul has been passionate about travelling for over 35 years. He has been on many flights, rail, and road journeys in the US and Europe.
I was a motorcycle enthusiast for over ten years, only switching to becoming a car driver when I started a family.
I look back on my motorcycle period with great fondness and certainly haven't ruled out buying another. Motorcycles are fun, you feel much more connected with your environment than when you're driving a car, which is essentially sitting inside a sealed metal box.
There are certainly some negatives associated with motorcycle travel. Being exposed to the elements, for example, can be rough when the weather is bad. It can also be frustrating to have only a limited ability to transport passengers and luggage.
However, this article focuses purely on the positives.
10 Benefits of Riding a Motorcycle
Here are my advantages in relation to motorcycles as a means of transport:
- Feeling of Connection
- Easy to Maintain
- Easy to Park and Store
- Great in Traffic
- They're Social and There's a Sense of Camaraderie
- They Use Less Gas
- They Hold Their Value
I discuss each positive in more detail below.
1. Sense of Connection
Driving a car means that you are essentially moving around in a metal box. You can feel like you are hermetically sealed off from your surroundings. You view your surroundings like you're watching television.
One of the wonderful things about motorcycling is that you are in the open air and far more connected to your environment. This is especially great when you are cruising through the countryside, as you absorb all of the scenery and feel part of nature.
Motorcycles are generally much more affordable than cars and trucks to buy, register, insure, maintain, and repair. Driving two wheels instead of four can save you a lot of money over time.
3. Easy to Maintain
Compared to cars and other four-wheeled vehicles, motorcycles are much easier to maintain. For example, a regular procedure like an oil change is way easier with a motorcycle.
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The engine and other elements of the bike are much more accessible. You can often do your own repairs, and when you can't, the parts are usually easy to get hold of, reducing labor costs.
4. Easy to Park and Store
One of the things that makes motorcycles particularly practical in built-up urban areas is that they are much easier to park than cars. That's because they are smaller and can fit into tighter spaces. They're also more maneuverable.
There are fewer accidents associated with a parking a motorcycle than with a car. It's also safer when you pull out of a parking space, because you have better visibility than four-wheeled vehicles.
5. Great in Traffic
Motorcycles are more versatile when it comes to dealing with driving in heavy traffic. When you're sat on your machine and faced with a sea of stationary cars and trucks, you can often find ways through the parked vehicles and therefore get to your destination quicker.
Without wishing to sound superficial, it has to be said that motorcycles are much cooler vehicles to own and drive than cars and trucks. There is something special about riding an "iron horse".
Motorcycles have long been associated with rugged individualism and personal freedom. No other road vehicle has the same image or reputation.
7. There's a Social Side to Riding
Motorcycles aren't purely a form of transport for many people. They provide social opportunities to meet up and ride in groups. Road trips with a club can be a rewarding way to drive, explore, meet new people, and spend time with friends.
8. They Use Less Gas
Motorcycles are smaller and lighter than cars and trucks, which means that they are more efficient and use less gas.
The gas mileage of an individual motorcycle varies but it can often exceed 50-60 MPG. That compares with many four-wheeled vehicles that can typically only manage 20-30 MPG.
As well as saving you money on gas, it means that you also have to make fewer stops to refill.
9. They Hold Their Value
Take good care of your motorcycle and its value won't depreciate as rapidly as with a car or truck. On average, a motorcycles will lose around 10% of its value each year. In comparison, cars lose about 15%.
10. They're Fun
Last but not least, motorcycles are fun. While driving a car is essentially just a practical way to get from A to B, a motorcycle will get your adrenaline flowing and can provide you with a sense of exhilaration and joy.
Roaring down the road, leaning into curves, and experiencing the g forces is a major reason why people love to ride them.
© 2021 Paul Goodman