Let's run a quick survey. Choose one: Small bike or big bike. We bet majority of those wanting to own a motorbike would rather go for stallions with large engine displacements instead of smaller scooters or
More often than not, big bikes are the first recipients of modern features, way ahead of small motorbikes. The likes of ABS, traction control, keyless systems,
Okay, we have laid out the so-called positive points. How about its downsides? Here’s the big question: With the worsening traffic in Metro Manila, are big bikes a practical choice as
Moto Sapiens can cite 8 reasons why big bikes are not exactly the coolest rides for congested areas like Metro Manila.
1) Fuel issues
Having big engines may give you the benefits
2) Wear-and-tear parts
Aside from having large components that consume more materials when produced, big bike parts are more expensive to buy. From front fork to wheels, tires, batteries and even light bulbs, you will bleed more when spending for the maintenance of a big motorcycle. Also, it uses more liters of lubricants compared to small bikes. The average cost for a good quality small-bike tire runs to about P800--on the average. Guess how much a big bike costs? The cheapest is P8,000 for one dependable tire. That's almost double the price of an automobile tire.
3) Parking is also a problem
Even if big bikes are two-wheels-only rides,
4) Engine heat is unbearable
Try approaching a rider who just went through heavy traffic.
5) A heavy bike is burdensome
Weighing at least twice as much as a regular scooter, big bikes can easily drain the rider’s energy when maneuvering in congested areas. Don’t tell us you’re an expert in balancing the bike in traffic, because you will always end up either pulling and pushing the bike to and from a parking space. This will require a lot of muscle work.
6) Dealing with an engine overheat
This is different from engine heat. Here, the engine may stall once
7) Longer dimensions require a wider turning radius
Aside from being heavier, big bikes have a longer wheelbase compared to scooters and
8) 'Just look don't touch' is a fallacy
Blame it on the present era of selfies. People just want to have a photo of anything they consider grandiose like a hard-charging Harley-Davidson Road King, a sexy Triumph Bonneville, or a tough-looking BMW R 1200 GS adventure bike that’s quietly sitting in a parking slot. To make it appear that the bike is theirs, they sit on it without securing the owner’s permission first. And when they accidentally drop the bike, they quickly disappear into oblivion.
If it’s the traffic that bothers you, a motorcycle can be a good solution. But think of the motorcycle as a pair of shoes: Not all will fit comfortably on you or suit your lifestyle.
Don't get us wrong. Big bikes are not bad at all. They just have a specific habitat and purpose.