Motorcycle as only vehicle?

by Haley
(Suwannee, GA, USA)

I am a college student living in Atlanta, GA and up until now, I have been using a car my parents loaned me. Sometime between now and next summer, I have to purchase my own vehicle as I will be moving out and heading off on my own. I would love to get my license and purchase a motorcycle (I have been looking at the Kawasaki Vulcan 500's) but I am also kind of worried about the summertime Georgia heat and humidity. Would it be possible to roam around town (I live in the suburbs) during the summer without getting hot and sweaty every time I want to go out with friends? I am a weird blend of girly but tough (I was raised around a lot of boys) so I like camping and roughing it, but I also would like to be able to look a bit softer and feminine at times.

So, all that being said, would it be a bad idea to have a motorcycle as my only vehicle?

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Oct 02, 2011
What about groceries?
by: BikXhi

Groceries can't all fit into a backpack. Nonetheless when you wanna be girly girl with your hair, you wouldn't want helmet hair! :-)

I LOVE riding so much! I did one week of just my bike everywhere. Then I had to take the car one day and BOY did that feel like paradise. haha

Sep 28, 2011
only bike
by: Yvonne - NC

A continuance of my prior statement. Did have the occasion of only having our bikes for transportation in March. We trailed the bikes to FL for the month, there were a few times a car would have been extremely handy. Groceries were a chore, especially when we need litter and water. Don't think I want a bike as my only form of transportation.

Sep 28, 2011
one more thing
by: Anonymous

Forgot to tell you that my hubby does have a bike trailer we use to get groceries, horse feed and the other day he even hauled an aluminum ladder. A bike trailer is great, but gotta get a hitch on mine as well so I can use to too!!!

Sep 28, 2011
I couldn't...
by: Sandra

But I'm "old" (49) work full time in an office and juggle 3 kids and a husband on top of that. Just getting groceries for the week fills the trunk of my car...I'd have to invest in a pull behind trailer for a bike. What about when my daughter wants me to give her friend a ride home from practice? An hour commute one way daily - I would LOVE to take the bike on nicer days!! - but I would have to bring a separate set of clothes to change into upon arrival, and probably re-do my hair once I get there (because I LIKE my high maintenance hair styles). I could not see struggling through 90 minute rides on rainy days, covered in road grime and soaked - and that's assuming I was able to keep it safe and upright, as a mistake in traffic on WET roads is much more unforgiving than those perfect riding days...and of course there's the snow I have to contend with in Illinois winters...

Being single, young and in a mild climate? It's probably doable, but even then I personally would need a car - you gotta move your stuff sometimes! LOL

Sep 28, 2011
no car
by: Lynn - Florida

I am lucky to ride my bike about 80% of the time year round. I can deal with the heat but we have a bad rainy season in August/Sept. and somedays it can get dangerous. I don't think I could live without my car during those times. Maybe you could swing both if you can get a good deal on a used bike and a used car. Between saving gas by riding the bike and the low cost of m.c. insurance, it could be worth it for you. Best of luck!

Sep 28, 2011
only mode of transport
by: Anonymous

Can't say anything about the summers in GA, i'm in Central Il, so we get the whole gammet of weather. It's been 105 in the summer and below 0 in the winter. My motorcycle is my main mode of transport. I ride to work everyday, get groceries, pic up my kid from school. But it being the ONLY way, it's not always possible. I have nice friends and famliy who help when I need to haul something big or if the weather is dangerous. You will need a backup somehow.

Sep 27, 2011
only bike
by: Yvonne - NC

I would not recommend a bike as the only vehicle, especially in GA. I'm in NC and the summers are a killer, don't ride much when it super hot, as it was this summer. You also have to consider the rain and cold. If you work it right, you can have both. Good luck.

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