Motorcycle Sales on the Rise in the Basin

by Roma Vivas
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- Motorcycles sales are rising almost as quickly as the price of gas. For one Midland motorcycle store it means more customers.

"Motorcycles have all the standard features that cars do, they have headlights, turn signals, break lights, speedometers most tachometers," Jason Heller, Midland Power Sports General Manager, said.

Business is booming at Midland Power Sports. Managers say they're selling about 10 bikes a day.

"Our sales are increasing as the gas prices get higher people start thinking how much they are putting in their car or truck and are going up and most motorcycles give anywhere from 30 to 50 miles a gallon," Heller said.

Jason Heller, the General Manager says motorcycles are a good alternative for people who commute.

"If someone drives 30 or 40 miles to work everyday back an forth they are going to pay a tremendous price of fuel every month if they drive a pick-up truck, if they drive a motorcycle  they are going to spend less than a quarter of that in gas," Heller said.

Plus there are bikes for all types of budgets and needs.

"Motorcycles start at about $3,200 for a Hyundai Rebel, you will get 90 miles a gallon and they range all the way up to the twenties for a gold wing, and you will still get high thirties low forties," Heller said.  

One big concern with bikes is safety. Motorcyclists and their passengers are more vulnerable to weather changes and road conditions than drivers in closed vehicles. Experts say if you choose to start riding a motorcycle remember you are less protected during the time of an accident.