Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Finksburg, Maryland
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You're going to see a LOT more people on bikes in the near future (already seeing tons more people riding bikes this year here in MD). The Ninja 250 is the hottest selling bike right now for a reason, noobs and peeps moving "up" from a scooter. I agree that an economical car is a good move (why not get both?).
I think 3% of riders wearing gear is really low, either that or I hang out with a lot of smart people. Are you talking about kids or the Harley crowd? You should see my dirt riding buddies and I gear up, we look like a bunch of hockey players.
Although, I do wear a T shirt most of the time while riding on the street along with boots and jeans, gloves, and of course a helmet. I wear a riding jacket at night or when its wet, cool or raining. I drive quick, but I look EVERYWHERE and slow down all the time if I have any doubts or if people are in the street. I obey all traffic laws (ah, maybe except the speed limit). I'm hoping they pass a lane splitting law here in MD, seems like the most dangerous part of riding around here is at traffic lights, either you almost get rear ended once in a while or people cut into your lane when the light turns green because they didn't see you. Seems like it will be much safer if you can sneak up to the front of the line and stay ahead of all the cagers when the light turns green.
I did some maths today, it costs me about 1/2 to run my bike vs my economical car (30mpg Diesel MB) due to the cost of diesel. It costs almost 1/4 to ride my bike vs an SUV, and it's a whole lot more fun. We still "need" an economical car though for cool/fowl weather and family stuff. I'll still take the bike, riding is in my blood.