Why Do People Ride Motorcycles Anyway?

Shari Ives Beginner, Cool Stuff

Motorcycle enthusiasts can name thousands of reasons for their two-wheel passion. Every individual has their own personal story about why they ride. While it’s impossible to develop an exhaustive list of the reasons riders do what they do, there are some more common influencers. Among these, are camaraderie, overall cost/fuel efficiency, eco-friendly qualities, the implication of adventure, the ease of parking, the ability to move through traffic and overall image. Find out more about each one below.



Motorcycling is not simply a hobby. It’s a lifestyle.There’s a camaraderie involved in riding that’s like no other. When you ride regularly, it doesn’t take long to get involved in the culture. Not only is there a shared bond between all riders, but you can find smaller friend groups to ride with locally, travel or get involved in motorcycle related charity events.


Fuel Efficiency/Cost of ownership

In an era when a trip to the pump ends in your ecstatic joy because you got away with a less than $3.50 a gallon “steal,” fuel efficiency is a huge deal.


In addition to the thrilling and adventurous aspects of motorcycle riding, low cost of use and high fuel efficiency are convincing benefits. Who couldn’t use an extra wad of cash in their wallet? On average, motorcycles use 28 percent less fuel than comparable cars.

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While hybrid cars do add to the competition, it’s not hard to find a motorcycle that reaches 60 miles per gallon, and the cost of purchase for motorcycles is significantly less. On average a brand spanking new motorcycle costs less than $10,000. According the TrueCar.com, the average cost of a new car is more than $31,000 and rising.



Motorcycles are better for our environment. They require significantly fewer fossil fuels to build and emit 30 percent less carbon dioxide than cars. With little argument that humans have damaged the Earth as a result of our carbon footprints, one fun way people can “go green” is by choosing a motorcycle as their primary mode of transportation.


Motorcycles imply adventure

Cross-country drives battling against a light wind with breath-taking sights on every side and nothing between you and nature are among many people’s top reasons for riding. Additionally, riders often enjoying traveling to different types of terrain and challenges with their bikes.


I once rode a motorcycle across Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco!”-Cara Black

Ease of parking

In fast-paced urban America individuals with extremely stressful jobs may still find the most challenging part of their day is finding parking. Not only do motorcycles fit in small, awkward-sized spaces, you can fit several of them in one space or garage. There’s nothing like cutting the violent parking debacle out of your daily routine.


Maneuvering through traffic

Sitting in two hours of traffic when you’d like to be at home eating dinner with your loved ones or when you need to be in an important meeting can be frustrating and even a source of problems. While there’s no need to be excessive by moving in between lanes in light traffic, motorcycles can effectively get you where you need to be if you’re caught in intense traffic or end up in an emergency situation.


Personal expression/Image

Hardcore. Sexy. Thrilling. Fast.

Motorcycles are associated with all these words and more. When you add in fancy motorcycle brands, there are far more. Your motorcycle says something about you-something cool and often desirable.

But most of all?


It’s just too much fun!