Beginners' guide to riding a motorbike
Thinking of taking up two-wheeled transport? Here’s what you need to know.
As workers return to the office and traffic congestion ramps up, commuters are turning to two wheels as an alternative to public transport or the car.
In the first three months of 2021, sales of road-registered motorcycles grew 20 per cent compared with same period in 2020, while motor scooter sales jumped 27 per cent. Meanwhile, off-road motorbike sales soared almost 90 per cent, which the Victorian Motorcycle Council’s Rob Salvatore puts down to the fact that people are spending discretionary income on local adventures in lieu of overseas travel.
For those wary of taking public transport in the age of COVID, there’s a persuasive case for choosing a motorbike or motor scooter rather than a car to get you where you need to go. Cheaper to buy than an extra car, they cost less to run, can park for free on the footpath in Victoria and are better for navigating peak-hour traffic. They also contribute less to the overall level of congestion.
But while small, nimble, efficient forms of personal transport look certain to play a significant role in our post-COVID transport mix, there are increased risks. According to the Transport Accident Commission, two-wheeled road users are 30 times more likely than car drivers to be injured or killed in a crash. Comfort and convenience can also be compromised if you don’t know what you’re doing.
So if you’re thinking of joining the throng taking up two-wheeled transport, here’s what you need to know.