The weather is getting warmer, and you know what that means – gas prices are going up. Now is the time to get a more fuel efficient vehicle. Before you start checking out $10,000 smart cars, however, you might think about another gas-saving alternative: a motorcycle. Motorcycles and mopeds are becoming increasingly popular among commuters and joy riders, due at least in part to their great fuel economy.
Motorcycles with bigger engines – 750 to 1,000 cc, for example – may get an average of 30 to 40 mpg, while mopeds and smaller motorcycles could get up to 70 mpg or even more. But that’s not the only reason why you should get a motorcycle or moped. Consider these benefits of being a motorcycle owner, if not an enthusiast, then take a search from the motorcycle auction to find out which bike would be best for your needs.
Most new motorcycles, straight from the showroom floor, can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 on average. A used car or small SUV of comparable fuel economy will likely be priced a good $7,000 higher, if not more. Affordable used motorcycles and mopeds are also much easier to find from online auto auction; with $500 to $4,000 you should be able to buy a used bike in good condition with relatively low miles.
Like any vehicle, a motorcycle or moped requires regular oil changes, a new battery from time to time, and tire replacement. You should also replace the chain regularly if you have a chain-driven bike. However, motorcycles have fewer parts than other vehicles, so there is less that is likely to go wrong. Small engine repair is also usually less costly than repair on larger engines. Motorcycles have fewer tires, use smaller amounts of oil and coolant, and are easy to keep clean.
While having a smaller and more open vehicle may seem a bit daunting the first time you take it on the highway, when driven properly motorcycles are very safe. Because of their size, they make almost effortless turns and are able to navigate tight spots with ease. You need only a small shed or a corner of your carport for storage. If you are a do-it-yourself mechanic, working on a motorcycle or moped is a snap; you can get to almost any part that needs work with minimal effort.
Fun to Ride
Whether you are a speed demon or not, motorcycles and mopeds are fun to ride! They can turn your daily commute into an enjoyable experience, and if you choose a two-passenger bike, a weekend ride makes for a relaxing getaway or a perfect first date. As long as you wear all the necessary safety gear and stick to the speed limit, there is no reason that your everyday ride can’t become an exciting trip on the open road.