The best bits of bikes

Loving the lifestyle: Nothing says freedom and fun like jumping on the back of your favourite motorbike. Photo: Shutterstock.
Loving the lifestyle: Nothing says freedom and fun like jumping on the back of your favourite motorbike. Photo: Shutterstock.

Riding a motorbike is more than just a way to get around, it is a lifestyle. Hitting the open road, or paddock, astride a bike gives you a feeling of freedom, relaxation and fun. There are no distractions when you are on a motorbike, it's just you and the road ahead. 

Like cars there are a range of motorbikes that you can choose from including cruisers which are perfect for climbing aboard and seeing where life takes you, sports bikes which are renowned for their speed and acceleration, scooters which are ideal for metro living and dirt bikes which are nothing but fun. Yet motorbikes aren't just about lifestyle, there are many advantages to riding compared to driving a car.

  • Buying a bike

A motorbike is much cheaper than a car. When buying new, a good learners bike with a 250cc engine can start around $5000 while a lightweight but powerful dirt bike will have you launching over jumps in no time at around $8000. A punchy sports bike will set you back around $11,000, and of course second hand models will save you even more money.

  • Saving money

Motorbikes are great for saving money. They are cheap on fuel which means no more $100 top ups at the service station. Registration and insurance can be less than half the price of cars and getting your bike serviced or repaired is much cheaper and quicker.

  • Practicality

Many people will argue that bikes aren't practical, but it depends on the individual. Bikes handle getting through traffic better than cars, are much easier to find parking spaces for, and at the end of the day you don't have everyone asking for lifts.

  • Safety

While riding can be more dangerous than driving a car, motorcyclists can be safer road users given they usually have faster reaction speeds, monitor traffic better and are more aware of their surroundings. Programs like the NSW Governments Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Program (MotoCAP) gives clothing separate star ratings for protection and comfort. The protection rating considers performance in abrasion resistance, seam strength and impact protection.

MotoCAP aims to give the motorcycle community more information when making choices about the clothing they wear while riding.

Melinda Pavey, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
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