Anyone who rides one will tell you that there are many advantages and disadvantages to riding a motorcycle. Different people will have different opinions as to what is actually an advantage or a disadvantage, but there are certain things that everyone who rides can agree on.
Depending on what the weather is like it can either become an advantage or a disadvantage.
Obviously getting caught out in the rain isn’t often fun as not only can you get really wet, but it makes it harder to ride the bike and can cause problems if you’re not concentrating or careful enough. Snow and ice in winter can make it impossible to ride, whilst the grit and road salt that is put down to combat the ice can damage the finish of wheels and bright work of anyone adventurous enough to brave the conditions.
This is more than made up though for the sunny days of summer. The heat helps stick the tyres to the road and the warm breeze is much more pleasant than the air conditioning inside a car.
Maintenance and customisation is easy
With everything being open on a motorbike, getting to a certain part that needs replacing is easy. If it involves removing anything it might only be a plastic panel which is a simple job that anyone can do.
Washing and maintaining all the parts is easy and takes hardly any work. You can clearly see any damage and should you require help from a garage for something a bit trickier it’s usually much cheaper than a car.
It’s easier to add a personal touch on a bike compared to a car. Customisation is simple, and either large or small modifications can be made easily. Whether it is a whole new exhaust system, or fitting one of the many personalised number plates to the bike, any modification is easy.
Bikes look cool
Most people will agree that bikes look good. It’s normally the first thing that attracts people to riding, and different people will have their own opinions on why a bike looks cool.
Often people will be attracted to the colourful designs, the speed, the sound of the exhaust note or maybe something like a funny personalised number plate the owner has fitted .
Regardless what it is, people look when a bike goes past.
Practicality of motorcycles
Bikes are equally as practical as they are impractical.
For commuting, they can fit through gaps in the traffic and are much cheaper to run than a car. It’s easier to find a parking space for a bike than in a car seeing as they take up much less space, and bikes can often park in places cars could never go.
That being said, some people won’t want to show up to work soaking wet when the weather is bad. While a rider with good observation and some experience could avoid potential accidents, when there is one it will end up much worse for the rider over the driver. In an accident, bikes don’t have the same level of protection as a car however accidents are easier to avoid due to the slimmer profile.