Powered Two Wheelers (PTWs) include motorcycles and scooters of all kinds and are seen as the SMART choice by a large number of road users.
- Sustainability – in comparison to the private car, with much lower average CO2 outputs
- Mobility – far more efficient for the individual road user than almost any other mode
- Accessibility – better than most other modes
- Realistic – for users in terms of offering transportation freedom and flexibility
- Transport – real convenience for road users
Keep scrolling down to discover more benefits associated with Motorcycling...
Beat the Traffic by Motorcycling!
Riding a motorcycle enables you to filter through stationary or slow moving traffic meaning getting stuck in a traffic jam is a thing of the past!
Did you know...
A motorcycle can take approximately 16-46% less time to cover the same trip through congested traffic than a car?
Motorcycles are a cheap and affordable means of motorised transport in comparison to owning a car.
As well as saving a lot of money on the initial purchase, you also save money by owning a motorcycle rather than a car in a number of other ways.
Save money on...
- Gaining a license, taking lessons and taking your test
- Vehicle Tax
- Parking Fees
Save the Environment...
Motorcycles emit less harmful pollutants than cars...
Also, if you were to imagine that every motorcyclist on a journey would be making the same journey in a car if not riding their motorcycle than every motorcycle that filters through traffic actively reduces the amount of time every other vehicle on the road spends sitting in traffic jams. This reduces the time that stationary cars are running their engines for.
Did you know... A running engine on a stationary car can produce up to twice as many exhaust emissions as an engine in motion!
Motorcycles also require far fewer resources during manufacture and once a motorcycle has reached the end of its useful life over 75% of its components can be reused on other machines and the remaining 25% can be recycled.
By riding a motorcycle you are not just benefiting yourself but you are also benefiting wider society!
Increase motorcycle usage can actively lead to a decrease in traffic congestion growth due to motorcyclists' ability to filter through traffic and therefore not add on to an existing traffic queue. A decrease in traffic congestion growth can lead to the following wider societal benefits:
- Saves all road users time
- Reduces harmful pollution emissions
- Reduces all road users' stress levels
Other wider societal benefits of Motorcycling include:
- Reduced pressure on Public Transport
- Reduced delays caused by breakdowns - broken down motorcycles do not normally cause additional congestion as they can easily be removed from flows of traffic
- Causes less wear and tear on roads resulting in less potholes!
Be a 21st Century philanthropist and hop on a Motorcycle!
Improve your Physical Health...
Believe it or not... Motorcycling can help you lose weight and tone muscle
It’s estimated that riding a motorcycle burns between 200 and 300 calories an hour – that’s about as much as a leisurely walk would burn!
Motorcycling demands the use of nearly every muscle, which, over time, improves muscle tone. In particular, the muscle used and energy required to manoeuvre a motorcycle help make your abdominal muscles stronger.
Who knew that motorcycling could help get you a six pack!
Good for the Mind...
A study conducted by scientists at the University of Tokyo has shown that riding a motorcycle can help keep your brain functioning at peak condition for longer.
Research by Dr Ryuta Kawashima, author of the popular Nintendo game 'Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain', found riders between the age of 40 and 50 improved their cognitive functioning after riding their motorcycle to work for two months.
The study goes someway to proving that the extra concentration needed to successfully operate a motorcycle can contribute to higher general levels of brain function.
Good for your Mental Health...
In addition to keeping your mind functioning well, riding a motorcycle has also been proven to have a positive impact on mental health, helping improve people's mood and reduce their stress levels.
Motorcycling can really awaken your senses and enables you to connect and experience the world around you in a way you can't do in a car.
Being in the outdoors releases endorphins which make you calmer, more confident, kinder, and generally happier.
Had a long day at work?
Hitting the open road on your motorcycle is a great way to de-stress!
Motorcycling is Fun...
Above all, Motorcycling is fun!
Motorcyclists often report feeling a rush of adrenaline when riding and, as stated above, scientists have proven that riding a motorcycle triggers the brain to release endorphins which makes the rider feel happy and in a better mood.
So why not make your commute into an event and motorcycle to work?
Commuting by motorbike will likely result in you...
- Turning up to work in a better mood
- Being more productive
- Probably have a better day!
Motorcycling is Social...
Motorcycling can be a great hobby and a really good way to meet and connect with new people and maybe make a friend for life.
Visit the Northamptonshire Motorcycle Clubs page of the website to find out information about the range of motorcycle clubs that exist in Northamptonshire and how you could join one and meet fellow motorcyclists today!
Motorcyclists often say how arriving somewhere on a motorcycle can be a great conversation starter with people often going out of their way to talk to you to share stories.
Motorcycling can enable you to meet people people that you may otherwise never have had an opportunity to interact with.