There is something rebellious about riding a motorbike. Perhaps it’s that instant euphoria you feel when the wind hits your face while you speed through the highway. You’ve always wanted to have one, but your momma always managed to keep you away from it because it is “dangerous”.
Motorcycle cultures vary per country. In some places, especially in Asia, this type of vehicle is a form of general transportation. In the US, however, the scene is different.
Moto fanatics today are not as many as back in the days. But with today’s worse traffic, this ride makes complete sense. It saves you from being stuck in traffic a whole lot longer and is more economical than its four-wheeled cousin.
Toys for the Big Boys?
Here in America, the baby boomers (back when they were younger) saw motorcycles as toys. And what do you do with toys? You play with them. Some ride down the streets in their black leather jackets, refusing to wear their helmets thinking it is cool. They even go as far as driving intoxicated, you know what can happen next. Of course, there were those who stuck by the rules, but they were only too few. This became the culture to which many of us see the motorcycle lifestyle today.
Millennials didn’t pick up on this trend, and the motorcycle industry is in need of a new audience. How does one change the present stigma on the motorcycle culture? Give them the right reasons and, most importantly, teach them the right way to ride one.
For one, motorcycles help you get through heavy traffic than cars. It gets you faster than bicycles. Another reason is it won’t consume as much fuel as their four-wheeled counterparts. And if you have limited space in your home, it does not take so much space as a car. Sure there can be very expensive motos, but if you’re looking for one that’s cheap, there are plenty to choose from.
They are inexpensive to operate, this means more savings. And, let’s not deny the fact that motorcycles have their own appeal. Ride on a motorbike and you look cool in an instant. Just don’t forget to put on your helmet when driving.
There are loans to help you afford your own motorcycle. Lenders will look at your credit history and credit scores. If they see that you haven’t been so diligent in paying off your debts, you may be asked to pay some of it first.
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), such as BMW, Honda and Harley, usually offer financing if you plan on buying a new unit.
Not All Motos Are Created (and Priced) Equal
When purchasing a motorcycle, it is easy to get lured into checking out the best, coolest models thinking all motorcycles are cheap. Many motorcycles are affordable, but there also those that cost you half a million dollars. So before rushing on buying one, make sure you can afford it. Set a budget and look for a model whose price tag fits it.
If you land on a good deal, you can have the vehicle paid off in 2 to 3 years time. And just like any other loan, make sure you don’t miss any payments so it won’t hurt your credit.
Getting a motorcycle can be fun and exciting. It can also help you save money. If you purchase one for the right reasons, you’ll sure have one ride that’s fast, fun, and hopefully less dangerous this time (remember to always drive safely).