I've done quite a bit of research on this topic, as I am a teenager (19) who aspires to get a motorcycle in the near future. I am still at home for a tad bit longer, but my parents are only a factor in terms how they'd be worried for my safety on a bike. All financial factors (bike, gear, insurance, gasoline, etc) would be paid in full by me. People tend to be weary of teenagers or young adults on motorcycles, typically due to their apparent instability and how presumably dangerous they can be as opposed to your standard car. I can understand and respect this position, because many bad examples and precedents such as the wheelies on the highway, incessant lane weaving, riding without appropriate gear, et cetera. The reasons that I want a motorcycle: 1. Oddly enough, I think it would be safer for me. I have been in three 'accidents' since I started driving three years ago (only one went on insurance), one being in a parking lot (hit a parked car my first week in driving), and the other two were rear ending people at red lights. The cause of the first one was lack of parking skill, and the latter were caused by me not paying attention. Whether it be me checking something on my iPhone, changing a song, looking in the mirror, eating, shaving (electric), or whatever pedantic task seems to always preoccupy myself in the car, I always am distracted and not devoting my full attention to the road. With a motorcycle, I have no other option but to pay attention. I'd be much more aware of my surroundings, and the distractions simply wouldn't be there. I understand that I need to be aware of others as well, as other drivers can cause accidents just as easily as I can; but I feel that if I'm aware like I'd plan to be then I would be as safe as possible. 2. Financial standpoint. Gas is cheaper due to having increased fuel economy, as well as filling up less than I do know. Bikes are also cheaper if they need replacing, whether it be parts, customization, or anything along those lines. I would be starting out with a Suzuki sv650s, a bike recommended to me by my boss who said it would be a very sufficient beginner bike, not holding the ludicrous amount of power that a GSX-R, Ninja, or R6 has. Also, he said that Geico or Progressive (who I would do my insurance through) should still classify the 650s as a sport-crusier biker, meaning it would be significantly less to insure than a super-sport bike like the ones I listed above. 3. Safety. I've had family members paralyzed by motorcycle related accidents, and I know how horrible than can be; so I would appropriate myself with adequate boots, gloves, a jacket, and helmet at all times. I'd probably be spending about $1500 on all new gear. On another tangent of safety, with a motorcycle I am virtually limited to one other person with me. Going 60mph with someone on your back isn't the best way to talk, neither would it be able to communicate through two helmets. When I have friends in the car now (I have a sedan, comfortably fits 5) it most definitely is easier to be distracted in addition to the existing distractions that were already there. So, if a teenager can be responsible at all times, appropriate themselves with gear, and be as cautious as possible; do you all think it would be fitting for them to get one?