Using a motorbike to commute to work and back may not seem like a financial solution or time saver for everyone, however if you take a moment to look at the facts, you may very well find yourself being swayed to purchase a bike and enjoy the open road.
Saving you money
The first aspect we have to look at is the cost. A motorbike can cost anything from R7 000 for a scooter, to R340 000 for a top of the range Harley Davidson, so your capital outlay versus that of a car doesn’t change much, well that is if you have expensive taste. Savings can be had otherwise if you are looking to get from point A to B during rush hour.
The true saving comes in on what you spend on fuel. While a car will do about 10 to 12km on a litre of fuel, a small engine bike or scooter can easily do 30km – and right there you’ve already tripled your saving!
A low-end cruiser provides 300km on a tank of fuel (14.5l) for which you pay roundabout R170 per full tank. Depending on how far you travel of course, your total monthly fuel bill could equal that of a car’s weekly bill – imagine what you could do with the extra money?
Servicing a bike also costs between a third and half of that of a car, which means even more money in your back pocket.
Saving you time
According to Réhann Coetzee, the national director for the Association of Motorcycle Importers and Distributors (AMID), a one-way commute in a car can take as much as two hours, whereas a ride into work on a bike can take just 45 minutes. This gives you an extra hour to lie in bed in the morning, or spend time with the family in the evening.
Parking is also a breeze because for the most part, you can squeeze a bike into the smallest of spaces, from that gap between two cars, to that unused space on the pavement – more time saving just for you.
And if you ride a bike, the environment will also thank you, as your carbon emissions are that much lower.
The danger …
Of course there is the danger factor, but for the most part, if you ride carefully and according to the rules of the road, you’re not likely to have an accident. And if you take up lessons, you will even be taught how to avoid getting into danger in the first place.
In addition to mitigating the danger, it is highly advisable that you get the appropriate gear such as a good quality helmet, a reinforced jacket with the rain and warmth layers and the weather-proof pants – while these can also cost you in excess of R15 000, you will soon be reaping the fuel and time rewards that driving in a car just can’t compete with!