Riding a motorbike isn’t something I have ever seriously considered doing before, but the idea crossed my mind the other day when a colleague at work was talking to me about how great it is to whiz through the traffic without really being hampered by the dreaded morning traffic grind. I think that the main reason why I haven’t ever really considered getting a motorbike is because I see them as being less safe than a car. I have no idea on the actual statistics in regards to this though, so that thought might be entirely unfounded.
Regardless of my own personal safety concerns, it seems that record numbers of people are purchasing motorcycles. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, there has been a 53 per cent increase in motorcycle sales when compared to 10 years ago. That is a lot of people getting on their bikes instead of getting into cars.
There are a number of advantages to riding a bike vs driving a car. Other than the whole zooming through traffic thing that I discussed earlier, it is also far cheaper to drive a bike. Motorbike riders enjoy money saving benefits at the petrol pump, lower rego fees, lower insurance fees and smaller maintenance costs. The only real negative is if you need to transport a lot of people or have babies and toddlers that need to be transported.
The biggest cost saving that I can see though, is the upfront purchase cost. Buying a motorcycle is almost always going to be FAR cheaper than buying a car. Plus there are plenty of comparison sites and used motorbike sites like Bikesales.com.au that can help you to get the best deal for your money without needing to get out of your chair.
For me, the cost and time savings is something that really attracts me to ditching the car and buying a bike. However with my wife, son and dog all needing to get from point A to point B, it just isn’t feasible for me to go down this particular path at this stage in my life.
Do you, or would you drive a motorbike? Can you think of any other advantages that I have missed?