After seeing and living through the nightmarish traffic jams and rerouting during the Colorado wildfire last summer, I started thinking about the wisdom and utility of having a motorcycle in SHTF scenarios.
There are pros and cons to it that I can think of, but I’d like other’s opinions. An off-the-top of my head list:
1) Bypass traffic jams and stalled/out of commission cars.
2) Saddle-bags can carry a lot more than than a human
3) Much faster than on-foot bugout.
4) Handles off-road with suitable tires
5) Fewer people could drive it compared to a car, so lower theft risk
6) Small profile makes it hard to shoot
7) More maneuverable than a car, harder target to shoot
8) Very fuel efficient
9) Can add a trailer for added hauling capacity, limited by bug-out route terrain
1) Zero protection – rider at high risk
2) Easy to stop or slow down with chains, cables, fences, etc.
3) Can’t carry loads of supplies
4) Gas-powered, not diesel. [With a very few exceptions.]
5) Difficult to operate when injured
6) Limited personnel transport capability
7) Some models headlights are “always on” which is a visibility problem unless you install a secondary switch.
8) Spare parts may be hard to find
I’m considering trading a diesel sedan I have for one of these, but would love to hear what other people think.
Thanks for your noble work, – E.M.P.
JWR Replies: This has been briefly discussed before in the blog. The general consensus was to buy a fairly quiet dual sport bike with as much cargo capacity as possible. But I welcome additional input.