They are two-wheeled, meaning they can get around traffic more easily than motor vehicles. Their engines are of a smaller capacity than those of most cars, but they pack a powerful punch. Meaning you’ll go as far as a car can take you, and as fast, if not faster, for less. There being much less machinery to take care of than in a car, a bike is generally easier and less expensive to maintain. Plus they are much more adrenaline-inducing to drive than other kinds of vehicles – unless you are involved with motorsports of course! These are just a few of the reasons that make many Americans opt to buy motorcycles rather than a car.
But some add a bike after having initially purchased cars not necessarily for their functionality, rather for fun rides over the weekend. Whipping a fat Harley-Davidson on the open freeways has been an American pastime for decades and for this reason a good number of motocycle clubs exist. The temptation to speed through the open country with nothing more than a four-stroke engine and a half-face helmet between you and the world is one many have found too sweet to resist. On top of the feeling of freedom they offer, bikes have long been a fashion statement. For this reason customizing bikes has become part and parcel of biking culture, not just in the USA, but around the world.
With the rising gas prices and the economic conundrum America is still grappling with, more Americans are using motorbikes to commute to work, not just for weekend escapades. It has been proven statistically that for this reason more Americans now than at any point in history, have bikes and use them regularly. Biking is particularly handy for those working in towns as they also save on parking fees.
Now that the pros of biking are becoming more and more apparent, you may be thinking of saving up for your own pair of wheels. Peachy. But before you eventually head out to a dealership you might want to think about one or two things. First, of course you’ll want to sign yourself up for a couple of lessons from a reputable driving school. Having done that you’ll need to take the riding test and get yourself properly licensed. Now you can go sniffing around for your bike and you will immediately realize that you’re faced with a choice between new and second-hand. Each of these options has its merits and demerits. A used motorcycle will obviously be cheaper, and you will feel less pain (emotionally, not physically) when you crash it into things. However, cheap may end up being expensive in the long run as you grapple with the costs of motorcycle maintenance and repair. But even when it breaks down, that presents an opportunity for you to learn the innards of your bike. This is important as in future you can save yourself heaps of cash by being able to detect and fix minor issues instead of visiting a mechanic.
Motorcycles come in an infinite number of flavors, from racing bikes to street bikes to cruisers to mopeds. Some of these have their appearance and performance tuned for racing while others are mere eye candy. As a beginner you will want to go for a less powerful motorcycle (between 50 and 200cc engine capacity) while you get the hang of riding.