Benefits of Switching from Car to Motorcycle

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Trying to convince your significant other to let you switch out your old car for a motorcycle? Here are six reasons you can throw at them for ditching the four wheels and going bike all the way.

Your Health Will Improve

Riding a motorcycle has been shown to burn more calories than driving a car. A 200-pound man will burn around 50 more calories per hour if he’s on a motorcycle than if he were in a car. If you’re riding multiple hours per day, this is as good as a workout if you’re trying to lose weight. Riding hard can have cardiovascular benefits too.

Just as importantly, your mental health will improve. Riding a motorcycle can result in a somewhat zen-like state coming from being out in the great outdoors mixed with the endorphins and adrenaline your body will pour out when you’re riding hard. You’ll ultimately find yourself a calmer, more grounded person who is less quick to anger, and better mental health is a fast track to better physical health.

The Daily Commute is a Breeze

Getting to work on two wheels takes most of the drudgery out of commuting. Depending on what part of the world you live in, lane splitting or filtering may or may not be legal. That said, a motorcycle is infinitely more maneuverable than an automobile, so you’ll typically be able to get to work sooner and not be stuck honking a horn for half of the day.

Other benefits of using a motorcycle for your daily commute (check out our piece on how to commute on a motorcycle for a full list of helpful tips) spring to mind, such as reduced cost. A motorcycle will generally offer you around 85 miles to the gallon, four times what you’ll get in a standard gas sedan. Basic maintenance will be cheaper too, so you’ll be saving all the time compared to your four-wheel driving colleagues. You’ll also find it a dash easier to find a parking spot than they will, too.

Motorcycles are Environmentally Friendly

That fuel economy doesn’t just result in massive savings for you, it’s also much better for the environment. Choose any modern bike, avoiding any old two-stroke, and you’ll have a machine that has to conform to strict environmental standards. You won’t be sitting idle for long on a bike too, so your engine will be releasing fewer harmful gases in the air. You can even choose an electric motorcycle for the ultimate in cost-cutting and environment saving smugness.

You’ll Be Part of a New Community

Not to get all wishy-washy with you, but the motorcyclist community is a brotherhood. Drive around the country and you’ll be greeted by friendly waves and invited into the inner circle wherever you go. You’ll find yourself surrounded by new people who love life and live it to the max, and you’ll begin interacting with people from backgrounds you never would have before crossed paths with. Try doing that driving a Toyota Corolla. Whether you choose a Harley Davidson motorcycle, or any other bike, you’ll learn so much from these people and them from you, and you’ll make lifetime friends in the process.

You’ll Feel Connected to the World on your Motorcycle

When sitting in a car you’re insulated from the world; in your own bubble. You can watch it through the glass, but it’s always off at arm’s reach. It’s like watching the world on the TV. You often just daydream while sitting in traffic, and days merge into each other without much to tell them apart.

On a motorcycle, you feel alive again with all your senses bombarding you with the scene at hand. You’re no longer blocking out the world – you feel it, see it, hear it, smell it. You’re seeing the world as it is instead of peering at it through a veil. This can be awesome and makes you feel alive, and it’s an underlooked benefit of getting yourself onto two wheels each day.

You’ll Be Better on the Roads

There is a feeling of excitement and adrenaline when riding a motorcycle that even the sportiest car can’t compete with. You’re so much more in touch with the road and your surroundings on a motorcycle that it’s downright fun to make that next corner or ride up a winding hill.

We don’t advocate riding dangerously, but you don’t need to break laws to have a satisfying ride each time you go out. Gaining confidence in your own abilities on your bike is a thrill, and the feeling of fun one gets from riding a bike is perhaps the main reason that people choose two wheels over four. However, we hope that the above points have made it clear that there’s more than just the benefit of unbridled fun to make you choose a motorcycle over a car.

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  1. My husband has been wanting to get a motorcycle for a long time, so I'm wondering if this year I should look into getting him one for his birthday. Before reading this, I hadn't thought about how motorcycle engines release less harmful gas in the air than cars do. It seems like riding a motorcycle would be a fun and environmentally friendly way for my husband to get to work each day! I'll be sure to consider all of this.

  2. I really like what you said about how friendly the motorcycle community is. My brother has been having a hard time making friends since he started college last year. Getting a motorcycle might be a good way for him to be a part of a community.

  3. My husband really wants a motorcycle to ride to work and I'm a little concerned about it. I didn't know that most motorcycles got 85 miles to the gallon. That is a lot better than a normal car. It would help him get to work faster too. Maybe we should look into getting him one. Thanks for the information!

  4. Interesting! So, motorcycles can burn significantly more calories compared to driving a car. Not only that, but it can also improve one's mental health. It seems like I have to get myself into riding one. I'm looking for a new vehicle since I'll be giving my old one to my son. I might go with a motorcycle this time around. Thanks for sharing this article!

  5. I like that this articular mentions how motorcycles release fewer harmful gases into the air and they're more maneuverable so you'll usually get to work sooner. This would be useful to save time so that you can do more things each day. When purchasing a motorcycle, it would probably be a good idea to find one that is as fuel efficient as possible and that you're comfortable driving so that you can maneuver it quickly and efficiently to get to your destination safely and with time to spare.

  6. I like how you said that you are in touch with the road much more when you are riding a motorcycle. My husband has always wanted to get one, but I haven't let him. Knowing that you have a different opportunity to enjoy when on a motorcycle maybe I'll have to reconsider!

  7. I really like that you brought up a little bit of what the experience of riding a motorcycle is like–how you're so much more connected to the world around you. I've been on a motorcycle before, and completely understand where you're coming from. I'm thinking about buying one of my own, just for fun. The rush you get is incredible!