gwuorbust wrote:Hey all,
So there is a good chance I will be going to Tulane in the Fall unless I get off a WL (plz GWU, if you are reading this, let me in!!!). As you may know parking in LANO is pretty difficult and I plan on living off campus.. so will need to commute to campus each day. I thought about a bicycle but am not really feeling it. Could do a car, but hard to park. And will not do LANO public transport.
So what about a motorcycle ? I have never owned one but think I would like to to. How about safety... is it too much of a risk?
I haven't read all the posts on here, so forgive me if some of this is repeated. I am an avid rider (I actually ride everyday to school) and first I think it's great you are considering getting a motorcycle! If you decide to go through with it, it will be the best choice you will have ever made! The pleasure you get from riding is...unexplainable, only those who have done it/do it understand.
I don't think driving a motorcycle is too much of a risk...especially if you are a responsible person. Like one of the posters already mentioned loss of control is the number 1 cause of accidents. So if you're careful you should be fine, especially once you have some miles behind you (but never get cocky because new things can, and often do, pop up). Also, the main thing is you have to watch out for other drivers. Let's face it, people are stupid and if they don't see two headlights they tend not to pay attention. Additionally, if you buy the right protective gear (helmet, gloves, and jacket at the minimum) you will be fine. They even have jackets now with airbags inside of them!
So, if you watch out and be responsible, wear the right stuff, and get comfortable on your machine you will be safe and enjoy driving to school everyday!
Like I said, I ride everyday and I plan on taking my bike to law school to avoid many of the issues you brought up (e.g. traffic and parking).
If I were you, I would take the introductory riding course offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. It can get a little pricey but it's worth it because you learn a lot. When you take the course they pretty much teach you how to ride a bike and you get a lot of hands on experience. So take the course, decide if you enjoy riding (which I am sure you will) and if you like, get your license and find a bike! As a warning though, bikes are addictive!
Finally, I did see that you posted about theft. Sadly, there is nothing you can really do; if someone wants your bike bad enough, they are going to take it. The best thing you can do is have a bike that is not too desirable, be careful where you park, and store the bike in an area where it is a hassle to steal. For example, my apartment complex has bicycle racks on the sidewalk. Everyday when I come home I drive on the sidewalk and park the bike in the middle of the rack. As added protection, the way the bike rack is situated is perfect because other cars are right in front of the bike so it would be a major hassle for someone to take it.
There are locks you can buy, but most of them will just be a hassle for a motivated thief. Either way, don't let that deter you from getting a bike, plus insurance is really affordable, much better than car rates!
Anyway, I hope this helps you in your decision. If you have any other questions feel free to ask! I promise you'll love riding (and gas is ridiculously affordable) and plus if you get a bike you get to throw out a cool "hey I am in the motorcycle club too" hand sign to other riders