Why I want to buy a motorbike
By Simon Duncan on April 14, 2017
One day, when I grow up and find a forever home, I want to buy a motorbike. This may seem crazy, but I think this craving for two wheels instead of two may actually be in my genes.
My dad had me on the back of his Harley when I was 3 years old. We’re not close now, but whenever I’m in Thailand and I zoom down the highway on my little scooter, I feel a freedom that I’ve never felt before. I can’t describe the exhilaration I feel whenever I’m riding a bike, but I know that if I ever have a “normal” life, in a place for longer than a few years, I’ll be buying a motorbike for sure.
While some of the reasons I want to buy a bike can’t really be put into words, there are a few that can. And there are multiple, logical reasons why buying a motorbike is actually an excellent decision.
Firstly, it’s much cheaper to keep a motorbike on the road than a car. While I don’t pretend that I know anything about bikes (I would need a few lessons before I could be trusted on the road), I do know that you can find a motorcycle parts store online. You can also buy your motorcycle gear for cheaper on the internet, and the same goes for motorcycle tires.
It’s also much cheaper to run a motorcycle compared to a car. Have you seen the price of gas lately? There’s a reason why I enjoy living in developing countries so often. I’m also one of the most impatient people you’ve ever met, and I loved weaving in and out of the lanes in Thailand (the locals do it too) to get to the front of the line at the lights. It’s so much faster to drive a motorbike than a car, and since I have terrible road rage and value my time immensely, it makes sense to upgrade to a motorbike life.
When I tell people I want a motorbike, they seem to think I want the biggest and best motorbike on the market. But what I really want is a learning bike- fast enough to get me where I need to go, but not fast enough that I’ll accidentally wrap myself around a pole. Sure, one day I’d like a nice fast, shiny bike, but for now, I just want two wheels and the wind in my hair (beneath my helmet of course).
Do you own a motorbike? Would you recommend that I buy one? Leave a comment below.