8 Reasons to Get Your Mom a Motorcycle
We’ve all felt the pressure of getting the perfect mother’s day gift. In the past, you’ve gifted flowers, spa days, maybe even holidays abroad. But did you ever think about a motorcycle? I know this may seem a bit left field for some, but before making up your mind, take a look at the benefits listed below.
1. Family Rides
Anyone who has been riding motorcycles long enough knows the joys of going for a group ride. The only thing better than going for a group ride with your friends is one with your family. Even if your family already does countless things together, going for a family spin is a great bonding experience, and i’m sure mom would love to drive her own rather than always being a passenger.
2. A Healthier Body
If you’re reading this, you probably already know the joys of riding a motorcycle, but did you know it has some notable physical benefits too? Get your mom on a bike and she’ll be burning around 200-300 calories per hour.
A motorcyclist’s muscles get a workout when riding too, as their core and neck constantly need to adjust while riding. The fact you must grip a bike’s tank with your legs means the lower half of a motorcyclist’s body gets a workout too. So not only will your mom be burning calories, she’ll get toned while doing it.
3. Cognitive Improvements
Research conducted at the Tohoku University found riding a motorcycle can improve cognitive function by as much as 50%. This is due to the fact that riding a motorcycle requires a much higher level of alertness and problem-solving ability. This is probably the most fun you can have while doing something beneficial for your brain.
4. She Will be Happier
Riding a motorcycle doesn’t just improve cognitive function, it can actually make you happier. The flurry of sensations that hit us as we ride a motorcycle causes a release of adrenaline, which in turn causes endorphins to be released. This results in an increased sense of pleasure and decreased sense of pain.
Many motorcyclists, this writer included, claim riding motorcycles helps reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. This is because riding a bike is a very mindful activity, which rarely allows you to drift to thoughts outside of the present moment. So, in a way, riding a bike will give your mom a break from any worrisome thoughts she may have.
5. She Will Have More Time
Give your mom some more free time every day by encouraging her to use her motorcycle for more of her trips. One study, conducted in the UK, found motorcyclists in urban areas shortened their commuting time by up to 33 minutes on every hour.
Even in more rural, areas motorcyclists saved up to 20 minutes on every hour. Who doesn’t want more time in their day?
6. She Will Save Money
The average motorcycle in the U.S. gets about twice the MPG of the average car in the U.S. So if your mom starts using a bike for more of her trips, especially her daily commute, she’ll feel the benefits in her pocket.
7. She Will Make More Friends
Many people find as they get older, it becomes harder to meet new people and make new friends. Any seasoned motorcyclist knows that the motorcycle community is one of the most friendly and welcoming ones out there.
If your mom already has a ton of friends and things to do, great for her. But, if her life could do with an increased sense of adventure and some new buddies to enjoy it with, getting involved with the local motorcycle community could do just that.
8. The Family Will all be Happier
We all know who the real boss is at home, the one who keeps it all together. Of course, it’s the mother of the household. The argument that your mom would be happier with a motorcycle, rather than without one is pretty clear. And, when your mom’s happy, there’s a good chance the rest of the family are too, including you.