While the average price of a gallon of gas has declined significantly over the past few years, filling up at the pump is still a heavy financial burden for millions of Americans. Thankfully, however, motorcycles deliver greater fuel efficiency when compared to full-sized cars, trucks and other automobiles. According to Wikipedia, motorcycles may offer anywhere from 29 miles per gallon (MPG) all the way to 107 MPG, such as reported for the Verucci Nitro 50cc.
A lesser-known benefit of owning a motorcycle is increased parking options. It's frustrating when you are forced to drive around in circles just to find an open parking spot. But many malls, parks, cities, and other populated areas have begun to offer special motorcycle parking spots. These spots are smaller and are designed specifically for motorcycles and bikes. So even if the rest of the parking lot is full, you can still squeeze into an open motorcycle spot.
While there are always exceptions to this rule, you'll typically find insurance for motorcycles to be cheaper than regular full-sized cars and trucks. It may only yield about $50 in savings per month, but that can quickly add up to more than $600 over the course of a year.
Arguably, one of the greatest benefits of owning a motorcycle is the simple fact that riding them is fun. Most people drive cars and trucks to get from point A to point B, but motorcycles are all about the riding experience. You'll be able to enjoy a more scenic and personal commute – something that's not available in standard cars and trucks (cagers).
Don't get me wrong, motorcycles will need some maintenance to continue functioning properly. However, this maintenance pales in comparison to that of a full-sized car or truck. As long as you change the oil, replace the tires when needed, and perform regular tune-ups, your motorcycle should last for ages.
Of course, motorcycles can also be fully customized according to your liking. Tired of using the same old seat? Well, you can replace it with a new, more ergonomic seat. Want a new custom paint design? That's an option, as well. You can even install Bluetooth-compatible motorcycle stereo systems on your bike. The addition of customizable options such as these are a great way to personalize your motorcycle.
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Most bikers love to modify their street-legal bikes to make them faster, cooler, and more comfortable. That means making changes that might cause your motorcycle to violate local laws. Some common improvements can cause you to run afoul of the law.