Rider Vs Commuter: A Rant

Let me start the scribble by mentioning that anyone who rides his motorcycle, going from one place to another – is what we call- “a commuter”.  This statement was important in context of this blog, this is the reason we mentioned it right away.

With that let us clear the confusion:  Commuters consider themselves riders? As we know it, this is not true, this the confusion we shall clear in this blog;

These two terms are as different from each other as they are pronounced, let’s look at an example here; we have one of the biggest commuter segments in the World;

In a developing country like ours motorcycles are mostly used to carry out daily chores and errands. The machines are of utilitarian need due to lower prices, high fuel economy and easy maintenance.

This segment of two-wheeler riders we would term as the commuter segment. The segment pretty much dominates the market, numerous people especially in small cities, towns, villages use their motorcycle for daily duties. This segment was the one, which kick-started the current motorcycle surge in sale, these Motorbikes were introduced in our market to give best of both world’s - performance and utility.


These motorcycles are often used for daily commute, most often for city riding; when we talk about a person whose main intention is to ride or purchase a two wheeler considering the above factor(Commuting), that person is considered a commuter.


When it comes to defining a Rider, things get a  bit different; let us explain;

Anyone can purchase a motorcycle, buying a motorcycle  with an intention of keeping it in a garage, not putting any effort in maintaining it, makes you a commuter in our book, they like think they are riders, but we are sorry,  they are not.

A rider is what we call a person who wants to purchase a two-wheeler initially with a purest of intention we call “riding your Motorbike”, the machine purchased is taken out to ride the streets, to enjoy the simple pleasure of just twisting the throttle and going somewhere.  

Initially it’s the romance of a ride is what makes a person buy a two wheeler, it’s the twisting of a  throttle, the exhilaration, the excitement.


Once the initial excitement reduces its presence, there is one more crucial reason that separates a rider from a commuter: Passion for Motorcycling, this intention creates a fine line between a Rider and commuter.

It’s not just about riding, it’s about adopting the whole culture of motorcycling, starts from riding, to motorbike maintenance,  to wearing proper gear. It’s when these small habits are developed along with the intention of purchasing a motorcycle, these small intentions separates a True Rider from a Daily Commuter. 


The whole point we want to make is it’s not about riding a motorcycle, anyone can do that, instead,  it’s about a developing a passion for motorcycling.



Final Conclusion: We recommend, you develop a passion for motorcycling, ride with your held high and take care of your machine. There is nothing wrong with being a commuter, but our suggestion is be a rider. 


May the force be with you and your ride! 

With that tell us which category do you fall into? Rider Or Commuter


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