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Car vs Motorcycle

UCSBTransferUCSBTransfer Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
I've heard that its a hassle to bring your car with you to UCSB but I would still like a reliable means of transportation in case I ever need to go home or if I end up getting a job etc.. So I was thinking of taking a motorcycle.. would that relieve some of the stress of finding parking and what not? Whats the situation when it comes to motorbikes?
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  • ajdavidson07ajdavidson07 Registered User Posts: 757 Member
    there are specific motorcycle parking spots and they are always right up in front to where you want to go. im taking my bike.

    will you be a new rider or are you already a rider?
  • UCSBTransferUCSBTransfer Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    I'll be a new rider aj..
  • blastieblastie Registered User Posts: 93 Junior Member
    i dont know how to drive a motocycle :(. I still prefer a bus over biking. i have a question. Anyone in here has a bus schedule and routes of some sorts :S?
  • ajdavidson07ajdavidson07 Registered User Posts: 757 Member
    you can find those at ucsb's web site^

    i really wouldnt advise getting a bike FOR school. its not just a mode of transportation, its a lifestyle and a commitment, super dangerous, and has its ups and downs.. not saying you cant do it or anything, but if you do, please take a motorcycle safety foundation course (MSF) wear All The Gear All The Time (ATGATT), and start small... ei 250, 500, or a two cylinder 600.

    this is all advise IF you really decide to do such
  • andrewexdandrewexd Registered User Posts: 921 Member
    yeah i wouldn't get a bike just because it's convenient, only do it if you really want to ride.
  • ajdavidson07ajdavidson07 Registered User Posts: 757 Member
    sweet man well in that case i would say go sign up for a msf course, get gear, and ride smart! i can show you some good tips and pointers when we are there in sept. hell, we can even start a biker gang.
  • RankaRanka Registered User Posts: 153 Junior Member
    Buses are decent in UCSB. I myself lived in SB all my life and am going to live in the dorms at UCSB this year. I plan to bring a car (just cause im used to it here), but the buses in town take you to everywhere you would need to go in Santa Barbara. You will probably make a friend who has a car too. So a car isnt really a requirement, and probably more of a hassle due to the parking fees of over 500 dollars, unless you live within a drivable distance from home.
  • ernestosilva123ernestosilva123 Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    to the post starter: did you end up using the motorcycle?
  • keltixkeltix Registered User Posts: 437 Member
    It's a 2-year old thread....I doubt he is still around.

    I bought a motorcycle my second year here and it was totally worth it.
    It's super convenient (i.e. parking, gas, 101-traffic) but it's a serious decision to ride and shouldn't be taken lightly.
  • ernestosilva123ernestosilva123 Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    cool I might do that.
  • hondapower2.2Lhondapower2.2L Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    what do you ride, keltix?
  • keltixkeltix Registered User Posts: 437 Member
    im on a sv650.
    maybe we've seen each other lol
  • hondapower2.2Lhondapower2.2L Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    I don't ride, but planning to take msf in June. Considering whether I should get a bike and bring it down to sb, but don't know if its a hassle or not
  • keltixkeltix Registered User Posts: 437 Member
    lots of things to consider:

    +money (to even buy one)
    +permissions (parents)
    +periodic maintenance ($$$, time, and tools)
    +security/vandalism (especially in IV)
    +safety (gear and associated costs ~= $1000)
    +insurance
    +parking (free in designated spots on campus, but IV is sketchy due to drunk people)
    +do you have mechanical aptitude to fix things yourself
    +changing tires (either take to shop, or take wheel off and get a ride to shop, $$$)
    +amount of load to carry on trips
    +how far from home you live (bad form of primary transportation for trips more than 200miles away)
    +passengers
    +inherent dangers of riding
    +it gets really cold going 60mph+, especially in SB
    +rain
    +etc
  • hondapower2.2Lhondapower2.2L Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    Yea, I'm from the Bay Area and it'd probably be a pain. I have enough to get a Ninja 250 or 500 and some decent gear. As for insurance, what do you have?
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