> What do you think about using a motorcycle as my only transportation?

What do you think about using a motorcycle as my only transportation?

Posted at: 2015-04-14 
My car is getting to the point where its going to die soon. I was considering a motorcycle as i dont really want to spend the money on gas for a car and maintaining it. Its more of a financial thing since bikes are much cheaper.

I lived in Virginia with only a motorcycle for 2 years. I needed something fast enough to stay away from the cops with because I didn't have a license. I drove it every day back and forth to work and played all weekend long on it. Drove it in the rain, snow, hot and cold. didn't matter. I learned two things really quick. Cheap rain gear sucks. Best rain gear I could find was a dry suit for diving. I may have looked ridiculous but when I got to where I was going I was dry. And two, when in snow follow the big rigs tracks.

But yea, you can get by easily with just a motorcycle. I suggest getting one that is comfortable, which means no crotch rockets. and I suggest a back rest, whether that be a raised passenger seat or a flip up/down back rest add on. Saves your back from aching after those nice long 800 mile per day trips you will want to take on your days off.

Unless you live in a climate like Southern California has, having a motorcycle as your only transportation is not ideal. Weather is the big detractor. The other risks can be managed.

Winter takes too much time out of riding.

Of course, if you can get to and from work on public transportation, then maybe it would work for you.

Assuming you are still in Houston: Average temperatures from low 50's to low '80's, winter to summer. A bit more rain than I like, but you can get rain gear to keep dry. Speaking of gear, you *need* lockable storage -- underseat (scooter) hard panniers (saddlebags) and or tail box. Morning commute can be cold and wet, but the ride home is hot and dry -- you need to bring the gear home without wearing it. You also need storage for shopping.

Looking at Sigalert Houston your freeways run 60-65 in the city, 70-74 mph leaving. Lower displacement is cheaper, 250cc is totally capable, I ride a 151cc scooter in Los Angeles doing 65 mph top, marginal but still outrun most cars.

While most people will not accept "scooters" (hell, I didn't until my knees didn't like going over the saddle) they are the *most* practical transportation. Extremely agile on city streets, capable or going on the freeways. The 250cc class and up scooters can do 75+ mph and keep up with and speed of traffic.

Otherwise, you can get a 250cc cruiser getting 60-70 mpg, or an up to 652cc cruiser getting 50-60 mpg, or a bigger bike getting 40-50 mpg.

Motorcycle tires only run 5-10K miles and can cost over $100. My scooter tires only cost $40. Maintenance is easy to be done by yourself, even tire swaps.

A car will let you down less often, also you can't go out on a bike if it's so windy or so icy. Bikes can appear to be cheaper when you talk yourself into it but they aren't really. I'm not saying don't do it, I did it for more than a year, but there are some downsides in comparison to a car.

First, like stated weather is a big concern. Cold weather, rain, snow etc. Second, everyone that I know that has owned or owns a motorcycle has had several close encounters and considers themselves lucky to be alive. The more you ride, the more you risk being easily killed. I could list several stories, including a front tire blowout at 70 MPH.

Depends on location and driving needs, alternate emergency transportation. Northern US is iffy in winter, southern US has some cycle only riders. I rode 2 years in Chicago with cycles and public transport only before getting a pickup truck as alternate. One point- lots of riders in Asia have 2 wheels only, many older riders in Europe in their younger years had scooters/cycles only as 'working class' transport and when later married got a sidecar added instead of expensive car. Taiwan, Singapore are examples of more 2 wheeled vehicles than 4 wheeled vehicles by working and middle class-- the tax and license laws definitely do NOT favor lots of cars.

GREAT idea -- as long as it never rains or snows, or gets too hot or cold in your area, and other drivers respect motorbikes on the road. Oh wait - that describes NOWHERE.

Assuming you are in the US, it is simply NOT safe. And, it's simply NOT going to save money with all the maintenance and gear you will need. BAD idea. Get a cheap beater car instead, if you value your life.

You only think it is cheaper . Wait until you get hit by a car and get the bill for 1hr in a ICU unit at the hospital. Read all the above answers they are all right. Stick with 4wheels.

I did ten mile total daily commute weekdays year-around from 2008

to last November. 1987 purchase put 25K into same. Recent 2,400

mile trip spent less than $200 in fuel over deserts, dikes, dirt trails,

Interstate, Modoc National Forest, motel carpet, railroad trestles, San

Francisco Bay Area, and San Lorenzo riverbed. I like Dunlop 606.

Bikes are more maintenance. Tires have to be replaced much more often, chains, sprockets, oil changes, etc... all adds up. Toss in foul weather gear, boots, helmet, MSF course, insurance... it is an awful lot for a few more miles a gallon.