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Yes. It is dangerous to ride a motorcycle. But motorcycle or bike riders will most likely agree that it’s not the motorcycle that’s dangerous, it’s the driver of the passenger car. A large number (approximately 75% according to a USC study) of motorcycle accidents are caused by the other vehicle. Drivers of passenger cars are notorious for violating the bike rider’s right of way and are the major cause for motorbike accidents. Of course, the steel frame of a car or truck provides greater safety on impact whereas a bike rider has simply his gear, but it is not necessarily correct to argue that owning and riding a motorcycle will increase your risk of injury. There are many benefits to owning a motorcycle and scare tactics like the danger of motorcycles should not deter anyone from wanting to own one. What motorcycle riders (and all drivers of motor vehicles) need to do is take extra precautionary measures like proper licensing and proper use of the vehicle to increase their safety. Here is a list of the benefits of owning a motorcycle as well as a few tips on how to decrease your chance of injury on a bike.
1. Insurance Costs: Ask a Las Vegas Auto insurance company for some free motorcycle insurance quotes and compare them to quotes for car insurance in Las Vegas and you will be surprised in the difference. Prices vary, but some bike riders have boasted paying around $45 per month on full coverage motorcycle insurance coverage! Motorcycle insurance is affordable and can provide a number of different coverage policies to cover your loss.
2. MPG (Miles per Gallon): Not only will you save money on insurance but another benefit to owning a motorcycle is saving gas. Depending on the type of bike, your fuel tank capacity can range from 4-6 gallons, but a motorcycle (depending on type) can average from 50 to 74 MPG. For example, with the Honda 125 Varadero or Honda Twinstar, the small 125cc motor can push upwards of 74 MPG! Whereas the stronger and faster more sporty models like the Yamaha FZ6 or the Kawasaki KLR650 sees approximately 50 MPG – more MPG than a majority of today’s newer and top of the line cars.
3. Affordability: Motorcycles themselves are actually very affordable. For one of the most powerful top of the line bikes, like a 2011 Yamaha YZF-R1, you’re looking at about $14K – which is considered really expensive in the bike world. It is not unreasonable to say that you can find a bike online or around your neighborhood for about $3-$5 and in good to mint condition. This is the average price for a beginning motorcycle rider.
The benefits to owning a motorcycle are various and although they are considered dangerous, understand that irresponsible motorcycle riders are the major cause of roadway accidents. Take these statistics for example:
1. Almost one third of all motorcycle fatalities occur from a rider without a license
2. Almost two thirds of all motorcycle accidents occur due to illegal speeding.
3. A tremendous number of fatally injured motorcycle riders were found to have an extremely high blood alcohol level.
Irresponsible drivers and irresponsible driving is dangerous, not motorcycles. So, if you plan on purchasing a motorcycle, be sure to do your research and take the time and money to learn how to operate a motorcycle so that you are comfortable enough to ride when you finally get on the road. Also, defensive driving will save your life, and so save the street racing for the race track.
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