Rider Vs Commuter: A Rant

Rider Vs Commuter

Let us start the blog by mentioning something important, "any person who rides his Two wheeler from one place to another – is what we call- a commuter”.  This statement is important in context of this blog, this is the reason we mentioned it right away.

With this statement of Intent, with this blog we intent to clear a confusion: Are the so called commuters the same as riders?

Let's look at how can we differentiate a commuter from a rider?

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

In a developing country such as ours,two wheelers are used for carrying out daily chores and errands most of the time. A two wheeled machine is manufactured for utilitarian purpose where main precedence is given to low price, high fuel economy and easy maintenance. These low powered machines has created the largest segment in India as well as the world known as commuter segment.

The segment pretty much dominates the market, numerous people especially in small cities, towns, villages use their two wheeler for daily chores. This segment kick-started the current motorcycle surge in sales in developing countries, these two wheelers were introduced in our market to give best of both world’s - decent performance with maximum utility, 

In context of our debate, we differentiate a commuter from a rider through a simple habit, when a person whose main intention is to purchase a two wheeler is to use it for commuting or finishing daily chores, this sort of a person automatically qualifies as a commuter.

Now then, how does one classify as a rider; When it comes to defining a Rider, things get a bit different; let us explain;

Anyone can purchase a two wheeler, simply purchasing a two wheeler for commuting slots you as a commuter, they ride and keep it in a garage without really caring for the machine. Sole intent here is to ride it daily, complete their chores, keep it in the garage. These people begin to consider themselves as riders, now here comes our argument, just because you rider does not qualify you as a rider, to become a rider you need to do so much more; 

What do you need to do; let us explain;

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 Riding, this intention creates a fine line between a Rider and commuter.

It’s not just about riding, it’s about adopting the whole two wheeler culture which starts from riding, motorbike maintenance, wearing proper gear and many responsibilities which come along, being a two wheeler owner. It’s when these small habits are developed along with intention of purchasing a motorcycle, adopting these small habits is what separates a True Rider from a Daily Commuter. A true rider is able to adopt these habits, absorb the whole two wheeler culture, to fuel their passion for owning and Riding a Two Wheeler. 

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

Final Conclusion: We recommend, you develop a passion for motorcycling, absorb the whole two wheeler culture, 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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