Motorcycles have been a popular mode of transportation throughout the United States decades. But it's important to figure out whether or not a motorcycle is right for your transportation needs. Here are three questions that you should ask yourself before heading off to your nearest motorcycle dealership.
Do I Have the Money?
Motorcycles are generally cheaper than cars to initially purchase, but then costs rise as other expenditures are taken into consideration. Insurance, leather protections (pants, jacket, gloves, etc.), a helmet (or two, if you plan on having passengers), motorcycle safety and training courses, and more are needed before you actually get out on the open road.
Do I Have the Time?
There are some aspects of a motorcycle's makeup that may lead you to spend quite a bit of time maintaining the bike. Some people consider themselves "gear heads" meaning that they take great pride and pleasure in spending hours on their weekends or after work maintaining, enhancing, and cleaning their motorcycles. If you feel the same way, the effort that goes into maintaining a motorcycle probably won't be an issue for you.
Another time-consuming aspect of motorcycle ownership is the attire. If you are going to a workplace or event that requires formal dress, you will need to ride there in your safety equipment and bring your formal clothing with you so you can change once you arrive. After getting a face full of wind with an engine between your legs, you might not look your best. Will you be willing or able to allot extra time for grooming your hair, washing your face, and changing your clothes upon arrival?
Do I Have the Lifestyle?
There are many living circumstances under which using a motorcycle as a main mode of transportation isn't practical. For instance, a stay-at-home mom raising twin infants or a Fortune 500 executive running a corporation 60 hours a week. In order for you to take full advantage of motorcycle ownership, it will be helpful if you actually have time in your life to enjoy riding it. Think about your schedule the way it is now. If someone were to hand you a motorcycle for free at this very moment, when would you have time to ride it?
After thinking about these three questions, if you still believe that buying a motorcycle is the right move for you, go for it! However, be sure to have an attorney like Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC in your back pocket in case any accidents occur.