Sales in the two-wheeler market has seen a significant spike in the recent past. This is primarily due to the affordability and convenience that this form of transport offers. Almost race-worthy, enhanced models of motorbikes have also entered the market, which can glide through traffic on and off the roads.
The introduction of electric two-wheelers has given the ordinary motorbike an eco-friendly makeover, fulfilling the need for a more sustainable fuel technology in this mode of transportation. The electric bikes also have low maintenance costs and require fewer maintenance activities in comparison to eco-friendly cars. Since the battery is smaller, these have lower charging times as well.
Some of the key advantages of purchasing a two-wheeler are detailed below:
- Lightweight - The non-geared two-wheelers, i.e., scooters, are lightweight vehicles that can zoom through well-constructed roads and good riding environments. As they are lower in weight, they can be used conveniently by women and young riders. Scooters also do not take very high speeds; hence the chances of being involved in overspeeding accidents are reduced.
- Ease of manoeuvre - It is easier to learn and manoeuvre a two-wheeler, when compared to a four-wheeler. The competition in the two-wheeler industry has presented a wide range of models with attractive looks and features to suit differing tastes.
- Affordability - Irrespective of whether you are renting or owning a car, the costs are definitely more in comparison to a bike. Two-wheelers also provide you increased mileage and hence, you can save on fuel costs.
- Exemption from toll tax - Two-wheelers are exempted from toll tax due to the following reasons:
- The size and space of such a vehicle is usually considered as half the amount of a small car. Hence, bikes do not reduce the road capacity too much when they ply.
- The sheer volume of these vehicles on highways are negligible.
- Two-wheelers do not cause a lot of strain on the roads, owing to their light weight.
- The toll tax exemption is targeted at reducing the commuting burden on the two-wheeler owner who is usually on a lower rung financially, when compared to the owner of a sedan.
- More adventurous - Riding a bike is more adventurous, particularly when you are traversing mountainous trails. During travel, the view that you get from a bike is also unparalleled.
- Ease of parking - A two-wheeler does not require too much parking space, making it an ideal choice for travel on city roads. It also helps in easing the parking issues faced by commuters in high-traffic areas.
- Saves traffic time - Using a two-wheeler in heavy traffic saves you a significant amount of time in commutation. Hence if you plan to travel a short distance, it is advisable to make use of a two-wheeler, as opposed to a four-wheeler. Using a bike also reduces traffic congestion to a certain extent.
- Stress-buster - Gunning the throttle in an amazing riding location always makes you feel great. Hence, many two-wheeler owners stand by their belief that using a bike is a great stress-buster.
- Economical to insure - It is easier and more economical to get a two-wheeler insured, as compared to a car. Although many fail to grasp the importance of getting their vehicle insured, it has been mandated by the Motor Vehicles Act as a legal requirement. All vehicle insurances should have a cover for damages suffered by third-party. The policy should also be ideally enhanced to cover for losses to the rider and the vehicle.
- Number of travellers - If there are only or two people travelling, it is wise to make use of a two-wheeler for commute. Apart from the savings on fuel, this offers a more convenient form of transportation when larger groups are not involved.
In conclusion, purchasing a bike has many unsung benefits, ones that are advantageous to thrill-seekers and daily morning office commuters alike.