When the modern motorcycle was invented in 1885, no one could have predicted that such a simple thing as two wheels and an engine would become such a globally embraced phenomenon. Motorcycles have become an indispensable means of transportation as well as being a recreational escape, and one of the best reasons to own one is the cost savings. But, how much do motorcycle riders save when compared against traditional means of transportation?
More Than Just Petrol Savings
When most people think about the cost savings involved in riding a motorcycle, one of the first things that comes to mind is saving at the pump. This makes obvious sense, as a motorcycle engine is vastly smaller than that of a car. Consider also the fact that motorcycle engines are much more accessible by mechanics and technicians, meaning repairs, servicing, and parts replacement don’t require the same labor and equipment that a car might need.
Here are a few great examples:
- Motorcycles don’t need wheel alignments.
- There’s no power steering mechanism, and hence no need for steering system servicing.
- The electrical system is much simpler.
- There’s no air conditioning or heating system to manage.
- Motorcycles don’t need separate differentials to maintain equal wheel speed.
The sheer reduction in moving parts when comparing a car to a motorcycle necessarily means lowered costs in repairs and replacements. This is especially the case when a knowledgeable shop is performing the work – a shop like Raceway Motorcycles, for example! A skilled technician can diagnose and repair a motorcycle in a fraction of the time that it would take a car, truck, or van repair person to conduct the same service on a four-wheeled vehicle. So, the cost savings end up taking the form of less repair costs, at longer time intervals due to the simplicity of motorcycle engines.
Insurance, Parking, and Travel Efficiency Add Up
For most insurance companies, the premium required for a motorcycle is much lower when compared to that of a car, truck, van, or SUV. This is because the risk of damage to another vehicle or driver is lower, and so the cost to insure the bike is lower. Adding up the insurance savings can result in lower premiums that don’t take such a big bite out of the pocketbook every month.
Consider also how much easier it is to find parking for a motorcycle, or to making parking for yourself in tight spots. In many urban areas in particular, parking a motorcycle isn’t just more accessible; it’s also less expensive. These savings add up, too.
Lastly, when you think about how much more efficiently motorcycles travel along the roadway, it’s easy to see why people choose them over conventional vehicles when possible. They’re more agile, have a smaller form factor, and they can even be put into other vehicles (pickup trucks, etc.) for transport. Try putting a compact car in the bed of a truck!
Are you ready to take the leap and get a motorcycle and to start enjoying the cost savings? Contact us on (03) 9351 0055 – we’ll match you with the motorcycle that meets your needs.