Does Anyone Regret Buying a Motorcycle?

There’s a lot of similarities between a car and a motorcycle, but obviously, there are many differences between them too. But, just like anyone who’s bought a car before, some motorcycle owners may regret their choice. Here’s what you should know before buying a motorcycle that you may regret.

A motorcycle’s efficiency 

Compared to a car, a motorcycle is extremely fuel-efficient. It makes sense as a car has thousands of pounds of metal and other materials that will weigh it down. A motorcycle is light, and because of how light it is, its engine doesn’t have to work as hard to go as fast as a car is going. The only cars that are more fuel-efficient than a motorcycle are the ones that don’t use fuel at all. 

While that may seem like a big reason to switch to a motorcycle, you may actually regret your decision if that’s the only reason you want to ride one. As motorcycle owners on sites such as Reddit will tell you, bikes are fuel-efficient, but they’re also maintenance heavy. 

There are a lot of car brands, such as Toyota or Honda, where many owners don’t even bother maintaining their cars because they’re so reliable. This is not the case with motorcycles. Motorcycles need a lot of routine maintenance, and if it doesn’t get that, then you may feel the consequences.

This high level of maintenance needs will mean that even though you’re saving money on fuel, you’ll have to spend more money, compared to cars, on maintaining your bike. 

Too much power

A man reclines at a spot for motorbike rentals
A man reclines at a spot for motorcycle rentals | Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Another cool thing about motorcycles is that due to how light they are, the engines provide a lot of firepower for the bike’s size. As a result, motorcycles can go very fast, but that’s also a trap for people who are new to riding a motorcycle. 

Even if you have some experience, it’s not recommended to buy a powerful bike early in your riding career. These powerful bikes just pump out too much horsepower for some people to handle. And unfortunately for some of those people, they may not live to regret their choices. 

One of the downsides of riding a bike compared to driving a car is safety. A modern car is a massive collection of steel and smart technology that will do its best to keep you alive. If you’re riding a motorcycle, your safety equipment is usually just a helmet. As a result, people can die from a motorcycle accident if they’re not careful. That’s why experienced motorcyclists recommend you make safety your No. 1 priority, no matter what.

Other things to consider when buying a motorcycle

A more common regret among bike lovers in parts of the world that snow is that motorcycles do not react well to snow. There are a lot of things that you can do to prepare your motorcycle for the winter, though, and you will have to do those things in order to make sure you have a bike to ride in the spring.

On top of that, you should be mentally prepared to embrace the motorcycle lifestyle. This doesn’t mean wearing a bandana and joining a club, but rather, you should realize that you are riding on a very small vehicle. There won’t be much space for passengers, and there won’t be much space for carrying stuff either.

If you think you might need more cargo room, you’re in luck. There are larger bikes out there with significantly more cargo capacity than other bikes. Buying one of these larger bikes will prevent you from regretting buying a bike that can barely store what you need to store.