Why Do People Ride Motorbikes?
Why do people like to ride on two wheels?
What the Numbers Say
According to statistics from the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), 114,300 new motorbikes were registered in 2021, which is a 9.3% increase on the previous year, and 28% of those were 125cc motorbikes. There has also been a huge increase in the amount of people taking their Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course, which allows them to ride 125cc motorbikes and scooters (primarily used for commuting).
What the Numbers Don’t Tell You
Whilst sales numbers and percentages tell us what increases there are, they don’t tell us why people ride motorbikes. In this two-part blog, we will discuss the ’why’ and the benefits of driving on two wheels and explain why there has been such an increase in the amount of people jumping on the saddle. With motorbikes being much smaller than cars, the feedback from the tyres on the road is much more immediate, and because a motorbike moves with your body, it feels like you and your motorbike operate as one- there really is no comparison to driving a car.
There is also the sense of freedom and feeling of adventure when riding a motorbike that is difficult to emulate when driving a car. The countryside becomes a playground and those small roads you have noted but have never drove on in a car, become an open invitation to explore. Not only does motorcycling open the world up to adventure on two wheels, discovering little roads and country lanes that you may not have noticed before reveals a hidden world you never knew or noticed existed. On a motorbike, the world is viewed from your viewpoint and not behind a shield of glass or the metal shell of a car, you experience the world as you see it and the sense of presence when riding through beautiful scenery can be quite exciting.
Freedom usually begs adventure, and many motorcyclists head off on a weekend and ride their motorbikes just for the enjoyment of riding, with the destination not as important as the journey itself. Something as simple as a commute can become an adventure, taking different routes than you would normally go on 4 wheels. Sometimes even those short commutes home become stretched out to become longer, more enjoyable journeys, stretching out the ride for fun, making the most of the time you have. Sometimes it’s hard to know when to turn round, rather than carry on with the excitement of the discovery of new roads, routes & countryside, and some travel further and ride through Europe (and beyond) on a motorbike, with some travelling the world!
There are just as many different motorbike models and types as there are people that ride them. It is possible to express your own individuality with your motorbike, as you ride it becomes part of you and you part of it. If you want a 200bhp super-sports motorbike and to do what they call “getting your knee down” whilst going around corners, you can. You can also buy a cruiser and take your time as you watch the world go by as you ride or buy a smaller bike to commute to work as a cheaper alternative to a car or public transport. Personal expression doesn't just stop with the bike, there is clothing & accessories available to add to your style, whether it’s: Racer, Retro or Casual? There is something for everyone, all there for you to add your personal touch to.
Community and Camaraderie
When you purchase a motorbike, you are not just buying a motorbike - you become part of a community where random people will stop to have a chat, stop to ask if you are ok if you are pulled up on the side of the road, and even nod to you as you drive past them. There are many motorbike clubs and groups online that you can join, with local ride outs in groups that are organised, where you can connect with other riders and potentially meet new lifelong friends.
We drive because we must, people ride motorbikes because they want to. Riding a motorbike can give you a sense of freedom and adventure, an easier way to commute to work whilst being kinder to the environment, easier and cheaper to park, an easy way to belong to a community of like-minded people, and as well as being proven to be good for your mental health – most of all, it’s a lot of fun too, which is perhaps the most important! If you already ride or are thinking of taking it up, you may have found yourself randomly smiling as you ride along with no or little explanation as to why. People might start asking you why you are smiling and why you ride motorbikes, and even if you don’t, you might now have some idea as why people do! Most people will get in their car to drive and not give it a second thought, but opening that garage door and seeing your bike, will always put a smile on your face. If not, it might be time for a change of bike ;)
We asked what you think
We asked our First Response Finance Twitter followers, why they ride motorcycles, here are a few of the replies we received:
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Riding is an art as well as a craft and no amount of explanation, can take the place of experience.
If you are looking to get into the world of motorcycling for the first time, getting back into it after a long hiatus, or simply looking to upgrade your current motorbike, but worry that your credit score will stop you from being able to, we’ve got you covered. Not only do we offer finance packages to suit you, regardless of your personal circumstances, we can even finance motorbike safety gear too. We do this to ensure that if you do finance a motorbike with us, that you are ready to ride safely.
To find out more about our motorbike finance product, please visit our Motorbike Finance page.
This blog is a collaboration between First Response Finance & The Bike Shop Long Eaton and we would like to thank Richard and all the staff at the dealership for assisting us with the content and images for this blog. If you would like to collaborate with us on any future content, please send us an email to email@example.com
Pictured: Richard from our marketing team and Richard from TheBikeShop located in Long Eaton