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The Surprising Benefits of Riding a Motorcycle

Published on Sep 13, 2022
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If you are considering changing up your method of transport and thinking of opting for a motorcycle then there are so many benefits to choosing this way to get around. 

Not only is it an exciting mode of transport, which has been linked to an increase in endorphins (that happiness chemical your brain releases that makes you feel on top of the world), but it also has health and financial benefits. 

Read on to find out why choosing to ride a motorcycle can benefit your life, in more ways than one.

Save on Fuel

When considering fuel economy, opting for a motorcycle is almost always more efficient than a car. Due to the simple physics of a motorbike, they are much smaller than a car, meaning the petrol doesn’t need to be used as much to carry the load, as the engine doesn’t need to work as hard to move the vehicle. 

Whilst all of this is true, it’s important to make sure that you drive in an efficient way, such as driving smoothly as opposed to high acceleration and heavy braking. You will also need to be careful to make sure you’re not piling your motorbike storage full of unnecessary clutter and increasing the load. 

Beat the Rush Hour Traffic

There’s nothing worse when commuting than sitting in stop-start traffic. When riding a motorbike, you aren’t forced to sit behind the queue of cars and can zip up the side, beating the traffic. 

This is also great because decreasing your travel time means you can sit and enjoy your morning cuppa for that little while longer! Also, sitting in slow-moving traffic is not good for the environment, due to the increased pollution created by the fumes, so if you’re looking to do your bit for the world, this is a small step. 

Sense of Freedom & Adventure

With a motorcycle sitting in your garage or on your driveway, the ability to go on an adventure with any of your free time is a fantastic benefit to owning a motorbike. Some of us enjoy driving a car, but motorcyclists get their kick in life out of heading off on a motorbike, with the journey being just as fun as the destination. 

The opportunity to take different routes than what you could take on four wheels, making the countryside your oyster. You may discover little roads and lanes you didn’t know existed, taking you to part of the world that is enchanting and undiscovered to most. 

The Excitement Of It

The adrenaline rush you get from riding a motorcycle is one you’ll struggle to find in most other forms of day-to-day transport. Being exposed to the elements, feeling that rush of wind and being able to skip the traffic, and being able to take yourself off on an adventure whenever you like, is exciting in itself. 

Not only does riding a motorbike increase the release of endorphins, but it also drives down our cortisol levels, that impact stress, allowing us to feel those feelings of excitement even more.

Improve Your Fitness

Motorcycling is a great form of exercise that many don’t even consider. The two-wheeled workout is something you certainly won’t get from sat behind the wheel of a car! The back-and-forth, side-to-side motion that is required to keep you upright on a bike is a great workout for your legs. 

Your torso is also used in this, by engaging your abs to keep you upright on the ride. Using a motorbike every day for just 30 minutes has similar health benefits as going for a jog. This is a really easy way to keep on top of your fitness, whilst also getting you from A to B!

Cheaper Insurance Than a Car

When looking to insure your motorcycle before taking your first ride, you may be wondering if it will be cheaper than your car. There are of course many variables that affect the cost of insurance, such as age, job, and where you’ll be keeping your bike, but generally speaking it is more cost-effective to keep a two-wheeler than a four-wheeler! 

The average cost of insuring a car in the UK is £630, compared to the average for a motorbike which is around £300. This is an astronomical saving year on year that can benefit your cost of living. 

Cheaper to Buy Than a Car

If you are looking into how you can lower your costs, or you hoping to soon get on the roads and looking for the cheapest way, a motorcycle is the way forward. 

Motorbikes are cheaper because they are smaller, meaning there are less costs involved in the manufacturing. However, it’s important to consider the practicality of a motorbike. They don’t have a roof, meaning you will struggle to keep dry, and you aren’t able to transport more than one passenger, so it’s not great if you have a family.

Convenient & Hassle-Free Parking

We’ve all been there, driving round and round looking for a car parking spot. It takes up your precious time when you arrive at your destination, and also uses up your petrol! Legally, motorbikes can only be parked in the same places as a car, so don’t think about pulling up on the pavement. 

However, with a motorbike being much smaller than a car, it means it can get into those smaller spaces that a car would never fit into. There are sometimes dedicated motorcycle parking bays, so be sure to keep your eyes open for them too. 

They Hold a Good Resale Value

If you’re hoping to sell your motorbike on at some point and looking to make some money or at least make your money back, a motorcycle is a good investment. Reputable brands like Harley Davidson hold their value especially well. 

As much as this is true, it’s important to remember that you must look after your motorbike as if you let it get rusty and don’t maintain its repairs, its rate of depreciation will skyrocket, and your likelihood of getting a good resale price is low. 

Join a Local Community

Riding a motorcycle may seem like a pretty lonely mode of transport, as it only has room for one passenger at a squeeze, and with the helmets and high speeds, means having a conversation can be difficult. Regardless of this, the community for motorcycles is thriving. 

Being a fan of motorbikes can be quite a niche, but those who love it are passionate about it. It can be a great way to make friends, by joining local community groups on Facebook and going along to drive & meetups, you can build a whole new group of friends, just through your love and enjoyment of the ride!


Charlotte Marshall

Lead Editor

Being a full-time content writer and part-time shopaholic, globe-trotter and avid lover of all things food (and wine)...I love researching the best money-saving hacks so that I can help fuel my own passions, and yours!

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