Many people ponder the question of whether to buy a motorcycle or a car. This decision could depend on the distance that one will need to travel as well as the need for comfort.
Owning a motorcycle is very similar to owning a car. The operating of the vehicle when it comes to the make and model, annual mileage, driving record and insurance cover are not that different. However the maintenance of a bike and if any damage is done due to an accident etc., can be rather high. As in all circumstances, there are always pros and cons and one will need to way these up when it comes to finances.
The up-front costs when buying a motorcycle will vary depending on the make. Buying a good pre-owned model that has a good road record will bring the price down significantly.
When it comes to insurance taking out a liability-only policy will be less expensive than a motor vehicle. However when in an accident they will ninety percent of the time sustain severe damage making the collision and high comprehensive costs the same or even higher than the premiums for cars.
Even if one is in a low-speed accident and the rider is not hurt it can still cost thousands in damage – bent handlebars, torn seats and scraped fairings will need to be repaired, and possibly replaced.
Owning a motorcycle will definitely help to reduce your carbon footprint, and it has been proven that those with smaller engines have a much smaller impact on the environment. They produce much less CO2 and need fewer raw materials and less energy when they are being made. Another good point is that over seventy-five percent of all their components can be re-used, and the rest can be recycled.
Some people say that the advantage of owning one is that any motorcycle will look great whereas some cars do not. If they are kept in good condition and they keep running their depreciating in value will not drop like motor vehicles.
The cons are that one will need to have a secure place to keep them both from the weather and thieves. The road hazards can be very dangerous and if one needs to carry something small it could be a problem. Having a backpack does not necessarily make that part any easier as some of them are distracting as they can slide around on the back.
Depending on the environment where one lives it can also be a deterrent. In countries where the weather is sunny most of the year it doesn’t present much of a problem. Those that experience rain as well as snow for most of the year it could be an inconvenience.
Many people have both a motorcycle and a motor vehicle and decide which one is better to use depending on the weather and the season. It is, however, great to be able to hop on a bike and take to the open roads and feel the wind rushing by.