Hey guys, I really want to get a Kawasaki Ninja 250r, nothing too powerful, just something to get me from A to B in the summertime. The only obstacle is my parents. I'm going to talk to them about it in depth probably next weekend and give them a few reasons as to why I should get one. Their biggest concern is safety. But here are some of the reasons I've come up with.
-Economy. With gas approaching $4.00/gal where I live, it is getting unreasonable to keep driving my '04 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It gets 15 mpg, where the Ninja gets around 61. It's be around $80 to fill the jeep and about $20 to fill the bike. Supposing I work a minimum wage job, it would take 11.1 hours to have the money to fill the Jeep, only 2.6 hours to fill the bike.
-My sister just got her driver's license, so it would be much more practical to let her drive the battle tank of a Jeep, because she is the worst driver on the planet. In addition, a bike would be cheaper than another car.
-Safety. I know that riding a motorcycle is less safe than a car, this is a fact I can't refute. However, this can be avoided. The main reason for automobile accidents is inattentiveness. Cars have comfy seats and radios and passengers and whatnot, where a bike does not. Studies have shown that a bike increases cognitive function, so bike riders are more aware of their surroundings than the average person in a car. This also poses the problem of a car hitting a bike rider, but riding on the left side of the lane (in the US) can help to avoid these drivers. I've read the safety booklet for my states DMV cover to cover a few times, I've got much of the safety strategies memorized.
-I will also make compromises with them. No driving in the dark or on freeways until I a more experienced.
-Bike insurance is cheaper than car insurance.
-For my situation, a bike is much more practical than a car. I will be taking summer classes in the summer (sophomore in college), and I will be an RA for my dorm hall next fall and winter. This means that over the summer, I will be driving a lot to class, and a bike would be much more economical. Also, being an RA means that I am not allowed to leave the dorms too often in the winter, so driving in the snow won't be a problem. This will probably be the case throughout my college career.
This is all that I can think of off the top of my head right now. Is there anything else I should say? Also, has anyone else had to convince their parents? Success or failure?
Please, don't bring up that since I'm living alone in college I am able to just go get one anyway. I respect my parents and their decisions.