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5 good reasons to choose a motorcycle over a car

March 22, 2010

The debate between commuting by car or motorcycle has never been so intense with thousands of commuters constantly switching from four to two wheels. But the question is why two wheelers are not switching back to four wheels once they’ve had a taste of what motorcycling is like.

Of course, motorbikes and scooters in countries with a warm and sunny climate all year round are more popular than in countries where the weather can be cold, windy and wet. In Europe, the more you go towards the south, the more bikes you come across. In the United Kingdom for instance, there are fewer bikes in circulation than in France, and in France there are also fewer bikes on the roads than in Italy, Spain or Greece, simply because of the more favourable weather down there.

We have met quite a few Australians who used to get around on a bike in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Brisbane, but when they came to London for a few years to work, they left their bike behind… because of the English bad weather. “It’s too cold and rainy over here”, said one of them, so he decided to leave his motorbike licence behind while he’d been in England. On the contrary, many English guys who move overseas, whether within the European Union or beyond, buy a bike (and take the test if needed) to get around locally, because in most places you go to outside of the UK, the weather’s got to be better!

In our case, it’s been the other way round. We moved from France to England to be part of the few crazy people on the planet who decided to carry on using two wheels in a country that has a crappy weather. But, for us, motorcycling has got nothing to do with the weather, it’s all to do with passion. If you are a true motorcyclist, you’ll use a bike because you love it and are passionate about motorbikes or scooters. If you’re a true scuba diver, you dive anywhere, in freezing as well as in warm water, in good as well as in poor sea conditions.

So here are the 5 reasons that may make you choose a motorcycle over a car, wherever you are:-

  • Passion – yes, you are more in love with your bike than you are with your wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend or whatever. You would do anything to protect your bike and your rights on the roads, like the 7,500 bikers who support the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign in the United Kingdom.
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  • Speed – you always get to your destination on time, you are never late or get stuck in the traffic. Even in places like London or Paris where the authorities have tried to treat motorcycles like cars by banning them from filtering through the traffic (or lane splitting as referred to in the USA) or charging them to park, you are still a winner because you go faster than these polluting four wheel metallic boxes.
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  • Environment – if you are keen to protect the environment, then you choose to ride a motorbike or scooter to move around because of the reduced pollution and zero congestion effect. But some bureaucrates, like Danny Chalkley of Westminster City Council in London who, obviously, have no idea of the green issues, have tried to treat riders like cash cows to bring in parking revenue and discourage the use of motorcycles in favour of cars.
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  • Cost – who says that motorcycles are cheaper to run than cars? We do! They cost less to maintain, insure and purchase. If you are tight, a cost watcher or on a low income, you are a winner with a motorcycle, even in London where it’s cheaper to get around town on a bike than on the underground (or subway for our American readers).
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  • Fun – yes, motorcycling is fun! We wake up every morning in a good mood with the thought of going to work by bike, even when it’s raining or freezing cold. We don’t have to take the over-crowded and expensive public transport where people sneeze or cough and pass on their germs. We rarely get sick as a result of commuting by bike and we are not one of these miserable people who call in sick with a sore throat or a flu.

Wanna get on a bike? No, don’t, many car drivers will tell you it’s dangerous, and they’re bloody right! There are always crazy car drivers around to knock you off your bike and then accuse you of causing an accident.

Scrap cars or scrap the car makers! Bikes are the solution, leave bikers alone!

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Please join and support the campaign to stop Westminster Council from stealth taxing motorcyclists to park before their scheme spreads all over the UK and the rest of Europe. For further details, visit http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/

Rejoignez le groupe de manifestants contre le stationnement payant des motocyclistes a Westminster avant que cela ne se propage dans le reste du Royaume-Uni et l’Union Europeenne. Pour plus d’informations, consultez http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/

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