College And The Art Of Motorcycle Riding: What You Need To Know Before Getting A Motorcycle In School

by Amy Garrett

If you are in college or about to start college away from home, then transportation can become a real issue. One way to resolve this issue is with a long-term motorcycle rental. Riding a motorcycle, especially while in college, is exhilarating, economical, and a whole lot of fun; however, before you rush off to get that motorcycle, make sure that you understand the safety risks and the lifestyle adjustments that come with responsible motorcycling.

Understand the Risks Associated With Riding Motorcycles

Government researchers estimate that, mile for mile, you are 30 times more likely to die when riding a motorcycle than when driving a car. While this may be true, you should understand that there are things that you can do that will reduce your risk of dying or becoming injured while riding your bike. Many people who die when riding motorcycles would still be alive if they followed the most basic safety precautions.

For example, by simply wearing a motorcycle helmet approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT), you will significantly reduce your risk of injury or death should you be involved in an accident. Before you rent a motorcycle, you should also research different models and honestly assess your skill level and capabilities; many motorcyclists are seriously hurt because they ride motorcycles that have engines that are too large for their size and abilities.

Consider How Riding a Motorcycle Will Affect Your Lifestyle

If you have assessed the safety risks associated with riding a motorcycle and believe that you are mature enough to ride one responsibly, you are well on your way! Yet, there are other considerations that you may not have thought about.

For example, the weather will significantly affect how much you enjoy your motorcycle. If you are going to college in a warm environment, like Florida or southern California, you will be blessed with the ability to ride nearly every day of the year. At the same time, however, you will also frequently arrive at your destination sweaty and even pungent. If you are going to school in a northern state, on the other hand, you will not be able to ride during many of the winter months if snow and ice plague the roads.

You should also consider how riding a motorcycle will affect your college experience. If you are a social drinker, you will need to arrange for a designated driver because riding a motorcycle while intoxicated is even more dangerous than driving a car under the influence. If you are active in the dating pool, you will also need to consider how your motorcycle will both positively and negatively affect your dating life. For example, if you are picking up your date, you will need to bring an additional helmet. If you are female and are meeting your date, you can automatically cross off wearing a skirt or a dress.

If you have realistically thought about how riding a motorcycle will affect your lifestyle, and you are okay with any adjustments that you must make, then you will automatically join a special group of people with whom you will share comradery, instant bonding, and respect. Contact a motorcycle rental company for more information.