Owning a motorcycle is a lot like owning anything, you have to care about it enough to want to keep it. At the risk of sounding too much like Robert M. Pirsig, author of the book "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," the reason you should own a motorcycle has a lot to do with the fact that it will help you improve yourself.
Owning a motorcycle makes you into an attentive and focused person because it requires constant care and maintenance. Riding a motorcycle also helps you gain focus because you really have to live in the moment and focus on what you're doing. If you don't, you could easily end up endangering yourself or others.
While bettering yourself should always be a concern, there are plenty of other reasons why owning a motorcycle is a good idea. Here are a few:
Owning a motorcycle doesn't have to be expensive. Used bikes can be purchased for around $1000 or even less if you know how to fix up an old bike. Maintenance is generally cheaper than on a car, and bikes are way easier to work on than a car if you choose to do maintenance yourself. Also, motorcycles get great gas mileage. While many modern cars can achieve 40 mpg, there are some motorcycles and especially scooters that can manage around 100 mpg or more.
If you're looking for a challenging hobby, owning a motorcycle is probably one of the best. You'll have the challenge of keeping the bike in tip top condition and the challenge of improving your riding skills each and every time you get on the bike.
Whether you're going fast or slow, you're going to have a good time. There are so many things to see, hear and feel while on a bike that you can't help but enjoy yourself. Maintenance may seem like a pain in the butt, but you're likely to find that it's a satisfying if not fun activity as well, especially if you're curious about how your motorcycle works.