Motorcycles and You

There are few things as freeing as a motorcycle. With a motorcycle, you are in the open air, seeing the country and the city, with nothing between you and the rest of the world. Unlike a car, where you are surrounded on all sides, there is a freedom and an element of danger to motorcycles that appeal to many people. This is especially true in Los Angeles, which has one of the highest per capita rates of motorcycles in the entire country.

A motorcycle is defined as a single-track, two-wheeled vehicle that can be designed for racing, cruising, long distance travel or for off-road riding. They are much more affordable than other modes of transportation, and that makes them very popular. In fact, for many countries, motorcycles are the primary mode of transportation with the world’s largest motorcycle markets being China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. They are so affordable that even with the 2008 downturn of the economy, the motorcycle market still grew by 6.5 percent.

Of course, since there are no air bags or steel shell to protect you like in a car, you have to be very careful when riding a motorcycle. Motorcycles have a higher rate of fatal crashes than automobiles, almost four times as high. While passenger car accident rates have fallen since the end of the 1990s, motorcycle accident rates have increased. In 2007 alone, 495 motorcyclists were killed in California, with 10,000 people being injured.

This isn’t being told to you to scare you. There are millions of people who ride motorcycles in the United States. Many never have a problem. You can ride a motorcycle to and stay safe. All you have to do is learn how to drive and get the proper training, practice defensive driving and ensure that you always drive safe wherever you go. Motorcycles are different from cars and more dangerous, but that does not mean you shouldn’t try riding a motorcycle to experience the true freedom of the open road with a motorbike.

To ensure that you stay safe in case of an accident, make sure you wear the proper protective gear. Wear a helmet at all times to protect your head in case you fall off. Wearing a helmet can greatly increase the odds of you surviving a crash. As well, you should wear leather to help minimize injury due to road rash while riding a motorcycle.

There are few things in life that are as exhilarating as riding a motorcycle on the open road. You can feel the wind across your body, you are much more mobile than cars and you can truly experience what is around you. Some say that driving cross country is not a real road trip until you do it with a motorcycle. Whether you drive a motorcycle or not, ensure you stay safe on the road. Pay attention to those around you and always respect the road and the people who drive on that road. We are all sharing it.