Commuter bikes are small motorcycles and/or scooters, usually 125cc maximum, though as you can imagine, many commuters want a bike with more oomph and therefore opt for something a little larger.
Take a look at this link if you’d like to gain an understanding of the most popular commuter bikes in the UK at the present point in time.
Why is commuting by motorbike so popular?
The figures speak for themselves. Here are the figures based on a 15 mile commute (30 miles return).
- The average commute by motorbike is 30 minutes (23 minutes journey plus 7 minutes suiting-up time)
- The average commute by car was 56 minutes and 77 minutes by public transport (bus, rail, tube, etc.)
- Commuting by motorbike therefore saves 23 minutes over commuting by car and 44 minutes over commuting by public transport per journey, so double that for a return commute; 46 minutes (car) and 88 minutes (public transport)
Further benefits of commuting by motorbike
In addition to saving time – commuting by motorbike saves 7.6 days over a working year as compared to commuting by car and 14.6 days as compared to catching public transportation – there are many additional benefits to commuting by motorbike.
We’re all undoubtedly used to traffic congestion but is it something we need to get used to? The answer to that is ‘no’, as was the conclusion of a major traffic congestion study by TML.
The research conducted by TML focused upon the motorway traffic flow from Leuven, which lies ten miles to the west of the Belgian capital Brussels, into the capital and focused upon traffic congestion during rush-hour, i.e. commuting times.
Here are some interesting facts.
- Commuting by bike note only reduces carbon emissions from smaller engines but also reduces emissions from freer flowing traffic
- The number of ‘lost vehicle hours’ (time wasted per vehicle occupant due to congestion) decreased from 1,925 to 706 hours (a reduction of 63 percent)
- At £19 per hour per vehicle, there’s a saving of £280,000 in time value for car drivers (not including how much motorbike commuters save)
Tips for motorbike commuters
Commuting to work is better for everyone and the planet – that’s a fact. Here are a few tips for commuting to work by motorbike.
- Select the right bike
Commuting motorbikes range from small Hondas and Vespas to substantially larger bikes and then there are the electric motorbikes and scooters. It’s advisable to begin on a low-cc bike before moving on to something larger.
- Select the right gear
Comfort and safety are your most important concerns here so research the best gear – boots, gloves, helmet, jacket, etc. – on the market. Good gear lasts years so there’s no reason to skimp.
- Select the right insurance policy
There are many insurance policies to select from so ensure that the policy you take out, like a commuter bike insurance policy, is the right one. You can save substantially on insurance costs by selecting astutely.
- Source a reliable mechanic and learn basic maintenance
You’ll need to keep your bike running safely and smoothly so source a reliable local mechanic and learn basic maintenance and how to check your bike.
- Stay alert and don’t rush
Stay alert and never rush even though you might be pressed for time. A pertinent motto to ride by is ‘better late than dead on time’, and consider enrolling in a defensive driving course.
Commuting to work by motorbike is beneficial for you, the environment and other commuters in a myriad of ways, however, don’t jeopardise your safety in the process because that should always remain your number one priority.
About the Author:
Carole Nash is a company with a team of specialists helping clients find the right commuter bike insurance for their needs. They encourage their staff to take up biking to better serve customers.