Last Updated on March 22, 2022
If you’re wondering why people buy motorcycles then you don’t have to wonder too much. There are plenty of reasons why someone would want to buy a motorcycle and be on two wheels.
From leisure to status, we’ll go over our personal reasons for buying a motorcycle as well as other general reasons why people buy motorcycles in this post.
Why Do People Buy Motorcycles?
There are plenty of reasons why someone would want to buy a motorcycle. Whether a person is interested in having something fun to do or they simply want to have a cheaper way of getting around town – every rider has their reasons.
For me, I decided to buy a motorcycle because family in the past had motorcycles and I wanted to continue that trend. I also have some friends that were riding and they were showing how they loved to cruise around with safety entirely in mind.
I always told myself that if I got into motorcycling that safety would be my #1 concern, especially after seeing friends and family aftermaths of fatal accidents.
I’ve always thought that motorcycles were extremely cool all my life as well and it felt amazing learning how to ride and purchasing my very own motorcycle.
With that, I’d like to get into other reasons why someone might buy a motorcycle. The following reasons are what I think would be the main factors as to why people decide to purchase a motorcycle.
6 reasons why people buy motorcycles:
1. To Have A Fun Hobby
This was a good reason why I decided on buying my first motorcycle. Everyone has their hobby or hobbies and simply riding around on a motorcycle is fun.
Whether it’s through the city or in the twisties, riding is a hobby. A leisure activity that some riders wouldn’t be able to live without.
2. To Have Better Gas Mileage
The average motorcycle gets 35-40 miles per gallon and some can get upwards of 70+ miles per gallon. Compare that to most cars and trucks and it’s easy to understand why someone would want a motorcycle simply because of the gas mileage.
It usually costs me $6-$7 to fill up my tank, I get about 60-70 miles per gallon and I can ride about 250 miles before the tank is empty.
I didn’t understand just how much money a motorcycle can save on gas in general, it’s a whole new world when it comes to having to buy fuel for a mode of transportation.
3. Riding A Motorcycle Is Healthy
Studies have shown that riding a motorcycle actually benefits your health in multiple ways.
Neurobiological studies have shown that riding a motorcycle decreased hormonal biomarkers of stress by 28%, riding a motorcycle for 20 minutes increased participants’ heart rates by 11% and adrenaline levels by 27% which is similar to light exercise and some other highlights as well. (Source)
4. Motorcycles Are Cheaper
Looking around for motorcycles either locally or online will show you how much cheaper a motorcycle is than a traditional vehicle. There are plenty of used motorcycles that are very cheap to get into and there are also some brand new 2020 motorcycles you can get for under the $7k mark.
Sure, there are some more luxurious motorcycles out there that cost a lot up front but the same goes for people that buy expensive cars – it’s usually because it’s their dream car/motorcycle.
Combined with the extremely high gas mileage, motorcycles are a very cost effective way of getting around.
5. Motorcycles Are Seriously Cool
A motorcycle basically allows you to sit on an engine and go. Motorcycles provide a sense of freedom and satisfaction that many other vehicle types cannot provide.
That’s why motorcycles are cool. They look sick, you look killer while riding one and it takes a bit of guts to get on one in the first place. That makes a cool rider in my book.
Sure, it’s a personal preference. I’m sure there are people out there that think motorcycles are dumb. To each their own… but they’re probably just too scared of em’. 😉
6. The Community
The motorcycling community as a whole is amazing. It’s easy to find a group riding session with local dealerships and almost all of the riders I’ve met have been some of the friendliest folk.
Almost every rider that rides by gives off the good ol’ motorcycle hand wave, an indication of mutual respect and love for the ride.
The motorcycle community is a big reason why someone would decide to get into motorcycling in the first place. If you haven’t already, you should check out the motorcycle subreddit. You’ll get an idea of what the community is like over at r/motorcycles.
Why Do YOU Buy A Motorcycle?
Those are the reasons we feel are the big hitters as to why someone would want to purchase a motorcycle.
If you’ve thought about buying a motorcycle, share in the comments below some reasons why you want to buy one. Did we miss the mark or maybe one of the above reasons is a good reason why you’d want to buy one?
Or maybe you’ve already bought a motorcycle and have some good reasons to share why you decided to?
I’m looking forward to hearing from you, thank you for reading and sharing!
What’s up! I’m Colton, the main guy behind Moto Gear Knowledge. Gear has always been my #1 priority when it comes to riding.
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