Should I Let My Husband Buy A Motorcycle?


If your husband wants a motorcycle, I can say with confidence that one of two things has happened:

  • They recently watched a Batman film and want a bike like the Dark Knight
  • They’re going through a midlife crisis

In either case, your husband is eager to get on two wheels and have some fun. Firstly, you should be thankful that they’ve approached you about this subject. Some guys will just go out and buy a motorcycle without conferring with their wives – this is usually a sign you might need marriage counseling. 

Anyway, back to the main point, should you let your husband get a motorcycle? Well, here are some things to consider:

You no longer have to share cars

If you only have one car between you, this can be a blessing in disguise.

They’ll take the motorcycle to work, and you can have the car all to yourself. This can prevent so many arguments where both of you need the car at the same time. Of course, if you have two cars, then you should question the need for a motorcycle as well. 

Safety concerns

As much as your husband annoys you, you don’t want him to get hurt.

Motorcycles are potentially dangerous as they’re really fast and offer no protection for the rider. This is why so many people end up in motorcycle accidents, usually resulting in injuries. There’s actually a study on motorcycle accidents where more than 20,000 injuries were looked at, and only 7,000 required extensive hospital treatment.

So, things aren’t as bad as they seem, but the rate of motorcycle accidents is still much higher than cars. All in all, it’s understandable to not want your husband to get a motorcycle for safety reasons. 

Quite cheap to run

Motorbikes are surprisingly cheap to run. Indeed, the operating costs are far lower than a car.

From a financial perspective, you want a cheap bike. It could be a smart choice to let them get this motorcycle, but only if they sell their car. Again, this implies that you both have a car of your own. If they sell theirs, you could save money by not paying to run two cars. 

Not very practical

One problem with these vehicles is that they aren’t overly practical for a husband.

Do you have kids? Okay, how will your husband take them anywhere? They won’t be able to as it’s unsafe. How will your husband go food shopping? They can’t because there’s not enough space to keep all the bags. Consequently, they’ll have to borrow your car or keep their old one for these sorts of tasks. 

Genuinely, this is a tough decision.

Part of you can see that having a motorcycle might be beneficial. It keeps them happy, gives them a hobby, and you might not have to share cars as often. Another part of you says this is a pointless purchase and the money can be spent on something that benefits the whole family.

Ultimately, you have to sit down as adults and talk about the pros and cons before coming to a joint decision.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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