The following article came from the American Preppers Network and while those of us who ride won’t find anything new in it, I thought readers might find it interesting that this group has discovered the benefits of riding. The next time you see an ad for an armored bug-out vehicle while channel surfing, you’ll smile knowing you already have the ultimate get-away vehicle. LOL.
When the worst happens and you’ve got to bug out, you want to be a cheetah, not an elephant. Your motorcycle plan should be to get to safety as fast as possible to set things up for slower members of your party that come later. Savvy preppers plan years in advance and don’t have to carry much with them when they travel to their shelter area, so a bike works perfectly. Riding a motorcycle isn’t like riding a bicycle; you’ll need to take professional lessons and practice a lot before you’re really good on your bike. Once you feel comfortable on the road, though, a motorcycle can be your first and most important vehicle for getting yourself to safety.
Speed and Agility
If things get bad, there will be massive traffic jams on major freeways and surface streets. Look at the history of any major disaster and you’ll find this happening. If you’ve got a motorcycle, you can ride around stalled cars and pileups, and even walk the bike through the absolute toughest of all traffic tie-ups. In most traffic situations, a motorcycle will get you to your destination quicker than a car or truck.
Most motorcycles are less expensive to buy and own than most cars. You can purchase a solid used bike for a few thousand dollars. It may not be the fanciest Harley on the block, but it will get you to your destination. When it comes to running your vehicle, motorcycles get about twice the gas mileage that most cars do. The average motorcycle gets 35-40 MPG, while the usual car averages just over 20.
Today’s auto repairs are complicated, with many of them relying on computers and specialized tools to do the simplest fixes. Motorcycles, on the other hand, are much easier to repair when they break down. When it comes to stocking up on motorcycle parts, they’re easy to find online and generally cost much less than comparative auto parts. Anyone with a basic knowledge of engines can effectively repair most problems, and for much less money.
Prepping for the future is a form of minimalism, and getting a motorcycle ready for bugging out is great practice for this. Living in your shelter will be a much simpler existence. Instead of a multiple-roomed home, you may have one or two rooms for your family at first. You’ll have to make do with fewer possessions and have to create your own entertainment. When you’re planning to use a motorcycle as a bug out vehicle, you have to reduce the supplies you’ll carry to the bare minimum. You’ll have to consider each item and decide whether it’s worth the weight and space it takes up in your saddlebag. Setting up your motorcycle ahead of time like this gives you a tranquil peace of mind, because you’ll know you can react with a minimum of preparation without any worries.