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Old 08-10-2013, 07:46 PM
 
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Hey everyone. I am considering the pros and cons of a motorcycle compared to a car. I was hoping anyone who has used both can give me a general overview of which they liked better and why. Is a motorcycle really that much less expensive? What's it like riding on a motorcycle on the highway (radio?)? Is a motorcycle really that much more dangerous than a car?
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Hey everyone. I am considering the pros and cons of a motorcycle compared to a car. I was hoping anyone who has used both can give me a general overview of which they liked better and why. Is a motorcycle really that much less expensive? What's it like riding on a motorcycle on the highway (radio?)? Is a motorcycle really that much more dangerous than a car?

Just don't hit anything. Otherwise.........
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Your OP post reads like you don't ride...many of us could write a term paper on riding vs driving.

I do both, since '65. Nothing beats a great road on a scoot...
Nothing beats a great road, in a fun car, much of the time, esp when weather crops up.

Is riding a m'cycle 'more dangerous'? Yes...simple physics and lack of mass and structure around the driver. And, cars don't 'see' or care about motorcycles.

A motorcycle vs a car: the scoot is potentially cheaper to buy own/operate, but so what.

Need more info for any in depth, rational responses, imo.
GL, mD
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:02 PM
 
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Dangerous? An accident that would barely require repair in a car can mean a broken leg or even death on a motorcycle. Yes they're less expensive but I see a fairly restricted situation in which a motorcycle could be used as the only daily transportation. Cargo capacity and weather are the two biggest issues but there are other considerations as well.

I enjoy music in my car and truck, but on a bike the stakes are much higher. It would be too distracting for me.
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:38 PM
 
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Hey everyone. I am considering the pros and cons of a motorcycle compared to a car. I was hoping anyone who has used both can give me a general overview of which they liked better and why. Is a motorcycle really that much less expensive? What's it like riding on a motorcycle on the highway (radio?)? Is a motorcycle really that much more dangerous than a car?
I've driven/ridden both for the better part of 40 years.

First, you will not save any significant amount of money by owning & riding a motorcycle. While most cycles get better mileage than most cars, you also have to pay for insurance & upkeep, and that is after you've paid for the cycle itself.

Second, motorcycles are more dangerous to ride than a car or truck is to drive. Whoever tells you they're not is lying to you. But you can minimize your risk - and significantly - by riding carefully and wearing the proper gear.

Third, riding a motorcycle rider is pretty much its own animal, in that it is completely different than driving a car. You're out there in the open, which means that everything from excessive heat to rain takes its toll.


Basically, if you want to ride a motorcycle, do so because you want to have fun riding. That's really the only way to justify it.
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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The only way they're less expensive is if you're using one instead of having a car, and that's not what the majority of motorcyclists are doing. They still have a car to run errands, when its raining, etc. If it's just about being economical, get a 10- or 15-year-old Corolla. You won't save enough even on an extremely economical motorcycle to make up for the costs, and even an economical bike won't be much cheaper to operate than an old Corolla.

Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be killed than someone driving a car. Consider that driving is about the most dangerous activity most of us engage in and motorcycling is 35 times as dangerous. It's not something you do to save a few dollars here and there.

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Old 08-11-2013, 02:23 AM
 
Location: Butler County Ohio
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I sold my car while in college and rode a motorcycle for a while. I thought I could go longer. I was wrong.
Hot, cold, rain, etc..
What to do with stuff while riding.

I bought another car after a few months
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Old 08-11-2013, 03:45 AM
 
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Bikes are a fun weekend hobby, get out on a nice day and spend some time on twisty backroads equals lots of fun, having one as your only means of transportation can get old if you have to battle morning and evening rush hours on major highways, deal with crappy weather (winter?), deal with motorists who are too busy playing with their electronic gizmos to notice you.
Bikes? good recreational tool but if you need to get to work every day you might want to consider a sportscar...
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:56 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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Bike makes a good second vehicle, only vehicle not so much.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Prosper
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When I was in college I just had a sportbike for 2.5 years. When the weather was nice, it was fine to use as daily transportation. In the winter months, I froze, even though I had lots of warm gear on. When it rained, I got soaked. Not fun arriving to your destination wearing soggy jeans. You can't always predict the weather to know when to wear rain gear. In the summer, you'd get caught in traffic in 100+ degree temps, and you'd sweat your ass off wearing jeans and a helmet. Not pleasant.

Running errands or going to the grocery store was fun. I'd bring my backpack, and in that backpack, I'd bring a huge duffel bag. I'd go buy my milk, frozen pizza, frozen dinners, etc. Then I'd carry my bags out, load up everything in the duffel bag, sling it over my shoulder, and ride home. I'm sure it looked ridiculous, but that way I didn't have to make as many trips to the store.

The real benefits were gas mileage and cost (used to be $4 to fill up the tank with 93 octane, and averaged about 35mpg), parking (could park right on campus where cars were not allowed), and of course, going for fun rides on the weekends. Unfortunately however, when a bike is your daily driver, it isn't much fun to go riding on the weekends if you do it day in, day out.

As far as safety... You have to be a very alert rider to keep from getting into accidents. And even then, you can only control so much. You can't control what the cars around you are going to do. I've had friends sitting at a stoplight be rear ended and killed by some idiot not seeing them. I've had other friends have cars pull out right in front of them and cause them to wreck. When I ride, I go into a hyper alert mode where I notice EVERYTHING. Alertness only goes so far though, and it's the inability to predict what other people are going to do that makes riding so much more dangerous than riding in a car.
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