There are many reasons to prefer cars over motorcycles; they’re safer, they’re more practical, they’re easier to drive, you can fit your groceries in them… but we do understand that some people love their bikes and enjoy riding them.
That doesn’t mean, of course, that all of those people should be riding them. In fact, despite loving the look and feel of a motorcycle, some riders would be much better off in a car. Here are some of the top reasons why you shouldn’t ride a motorcycle.
YOU’RE NOT WILLING TO LEARN
It’s cool to have a motorcycle, and dressing up in all the gear is exciting. Only, if you don’t know what you’re doing when you get on the bike, and you’ve only taken the basic course, you need to wait a little longer before you head out on the open road. Otherwise, without the right training, you’re going to need the help of motorcycle accident attorneys who care about their clients.
Just like when you learn to drive a car, practice is key. If you’re not willing to put in the hours and learn not just how to ride but how to ride safely, you’re putting yourself at risk and others too. The main issue is that you can have someone else there to give you advice and help you when you drive a car. This is much less likely on a motorcycle, so you need to put the work in first.
YOU WANT TO DO TRICKS
Doing a wheelie on a motorcycle – or any other kind of trick – takes practice, and you need to know what you’re doing before you start. Putting the time in to learn isn’t a bad thing. In fact, after having made the point above, we could even say it’s good. The problem is that wheelies and other tricks are illegal when you’re on a public road, so unless you’re planning to ride your bike off-road at all times, you won’t be able to do those tricks (at least not if you want to keep your license).
If the only reason you want to have a motorcycle is so you can show off and try to impress people with your tricks, and you want to do that on a public road, think again. Please.
YOU’RE PLANNING ON BUYING A POWERFUL BIKE
There’s nothing wrong with dreaming big and hoping that one day you might be a competent, safe enough driver to be able to handle a big, powerful bike like a Ducati V4 Panigale or a Gixxer 1000, or even a great big old hog of a Harley.
What you shouldn’t be doing is buying that kind of bike before you’ve made sure you’re happy driving around on something with a 300cc or perhaps 500cc engine. These smaller bikes might not be what you always dreamed of, but they’re the best place to start, and if you aren’t going to begin with one of these, you really shouldn’t try anything bigger.
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