Top Five Ways To Convince Your Wife to let You Buy A Motorcycle
There are better ways to get a motorcycle than begging
I got lucky. My wife was very gracious and actually let me get a motorcycle. In fact, she was even genuinely supportive of the idea.
However, the more I talk with my married friends, the more I realize their wives just don't want them to get motorcycles. And the women always seem to have good reasons. They often say, "it's too dangerous" or "we can't afford it."
I'm here to tell you that there are ways you can convince your wife to let you get a motorcycle. In fact, I'll list out the top five ways to convince your wife to let you get a bike. Keep in mind that these methods can also be used to convince your friends, girlfriend, parents or other family to let you get a bike.
If you want to buy a motorcycle but someone is preventing you, try these five methods and you will drastically increase your chances. Read all the way through and you'll even find a sixth, bonus method to help convince your wife to let you get that bike of your dreams.
Five Tips to Convince Your Spouse to let You Get a Bike
- Determine what you really want
Don't sell yourself short. If you want a flashy bike, then make that your goal. If you want a shiny new cruiser, make that your goal. There are two reasons why setting this goal is important:
- It will help you have a united front in your argument
- It will let your wife know you're serious about your goal and you've put a lot of thought into it
What type of motorcycle are you interested in?
- 45% Sportbike / crotch rocket
- 34% Cruiser
- 8% Touring bike
- 9% Other type of motorcycle
- 4% Motorcycle? What motorcycle? I'm here to scope out that sweet Nemo scooter!
- Secretly save up for your motorcycle
Don't take out a second loan or steal from the kid's college fund to buy your bike. Secretly save up money on the side. Now when you approach your wife about the idea, place yourself in her shoes and think of which is better- telling her you want a bike or telling her you want a bike and you've got $____ already saved up for it.
If you're a spend thrift and are able to save for the entire purchase price of the bike, even better!
- Promise her you'll be safe on your motorcycle
And don't lie to her here. Genuinely share with her that your desire is to be safe. Tell her that when you get your bike you're not going to do crazy stunts like wheelies and peel outs.
To prove to her that you're serious about motorcycle safety, buy a book to show her. The books below from Amazon are fantastic resources not only in your argument to get a bike but also for your personal safety on your motorcycle.
- Offer her a trade of some sort
A friend of mine got a bike this way. He agreed to buy her the Ford Explorer that she wanted and he was able to buy the sportbike he wanted.
Find something your wife wants and offer her a trade. Don't exploit her and don't let her exploit you, but come up with a proposal and approach her about it.
- Show her the safety equipment you purchased
Note: This is a risky method to try to negotiate to get a bike. At the same time, it's an effective method. Purchase a bright helmet (I'd recommend Arai as they have a very strong reputation for safety) and a nice jacket (best bet is to get a reflective jacket).
When you show your wife the ins and outs of your helmet and jacket, assure her that you'll be safe and secure in your new equipment. Touching and seeing the safety equipment will go a long way to win her over.
Bonus Tip to Convince Your Wife
- Let her know it's not just for you
There are a lot of female motorcyclists out there. Depending on your situation you could propose that she get a bike so that you could both could ride together.
If two motorcycles isn't an option, let her know that you'd love it if she rode on the motorcycle with you. (Trust me, there's nothing sexier than riding on a bike with your woman.)
A big selling point with this tip is that it's quality time. Find me a woman who doesn't care about quality time and I'll find you Sasquatch.