Plenty of people have the same dream. You know the one. The call of the open road. The wind in your hair. The roar of the engine. That’s right; a motorcycle is still one of the greatest symbols of freedom and timeless cool there is. There are so many fantastic reasons to get yourself a chopper. But of course, as with anything, there are also some pretty serious things to consider when deciding whether or not to make that dream into a reality. Owning and running a motorcycle is a big responsibility, and there are a lot of things about it that you might never have come across if you’ve only ever owned cars. If you’re really sure that you want to get yourself a motorcycle, then here are a few things that you’ll definitely want to consider.
The legal stuff
This one is probably the most obvious thing but it still needs mentioning. A motorcycle requires a different licence with a different set of rules and criteria. This means that you’ll need to do a whole new test which will require a whole new set of information to learn and understand. Go here to get started on understanding the sort of things that will be required of you when you do your motorcycle permit test.
The cost of insurance is a big barrier that stands in the way of a lot of potential motorcycle owners. Motorcycle insurance is typically more expensive than the equivalent for a car. This is because riding a motorcycle is simply more dangerous than driving a car. You’re much more exposed and in a far more vulnerable position. Even bikes that cost far less than a car will often end up costing more to insure because it will still be at higher risk of an accident.
This is something that so many people forget to tell you about owning a motorcycle. When you’re riding a motorcycle, you basically become invisible. Now, this may sound like a fantastic superpower but be warned; it’s not quite as super as it sounds. In fact, it can make your life on the road extremely dangerous. The most common accidents involving motorcycles on the road is cars making turns or pulling out, and completely failing to see a motorcyclist coming their way. A motorcycle takes up a far smaller space than a car and is much harder to see. Staying safe if the most important thing here. Make sure that the clothing that you’re wearing makes you as easy to see as possible. And, of course, make sure to use your lights!
Please don’t think that this is trying to discourage you from your motorcycle dreams! It’s just important that you think really carefully about whether any of the issues or risks involved are worth it. If you look at them and decide that, they are then congratulations! It’s clear that you really were born to be wild and you shouldn’t let anything stand between you and your dream bike!
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