With no intentions to underestimate the economic conditions in Asia, motorcycles are widely found in so many developing countries in the region. It could be said that 58%of all manufactured motorcycles are distributed in Southern, Eastern, and Pacific regions in Asia. Japan, however, is known to be the leading manufacturer of cars and is thus, excluded in the estimates.
The primary reason for the motorbike trend in Asia is its relatively utilitarian nature. It’s cost-effective for the young professionals who need to get to work in distant areas and for the family men who have to fetch wives and children.
The fuel consumption is less as opposed to cars and you only need little investments. You just buy motorcycle helmets apart from the vehicle unit, and voila, you’re ready to go.
Because of these reasons, Asians have also come to maximize the use of motorbikes. Here are some of the practical ways Asians use their motorbikes.
Small that they be, motorbikes have served families in the daily grind of life. It’s a common sight to see children,, donned in uniforms and custom motorcycle helmets, riding motorbikes along with their fathers in some Asian countries. Or, wives and even mothers fetched from offices with just a motorbike. At other times, an entire family of 3 or 4 can be seen riding on a single motorbike which is already a violation against safety rules. But truth be told, this vehicle has held lots of practical uses for an Asian family.
It comes in many names- auto rickshaw in Pakistan and India, bajaj in Indonesia, tricycle in the Philippines, three-wheeler in Sri Lanka, samosa or tuktuk in Thailand, and so many other variations. The point is, motorbikes are now being used as part of public transportation system in some Asian countries.
A covered cart with an additional wheel is attached to the bike, thereby making it a safer means to travel. There’s even no need for custom motorcycle helmets because of this new structure. Plus, you can carry as much as 5 to 7 passengers into remote areas, depending on the style and size of the cart.
Some would opt not to modify their motorbikes. In this two-wheel form, other motorbike drivers still use the vehicle for public transport en route hilly and rocky areas which cannot be reached by cars.
All these innovations have become part of local tourism in Asian places like Madagascar and Tanzania. Families began to see how this new design can potentially become a small-scale business for them.
Yes, Eastern people have found a really productive and economical use of motorbikes which is to convert them into food carts. These innovations keep the business mobile and within the reach of the masses. In China alone, it’s typical to see pizzas and noodles served along the streets in rolling food carts. Because these food carts are designed to be balanced with three wheels and curbs, drivers also find no need for motorcycle helmets. Those without curbs or hoods, drivers are nonetheless required to wear helmets and other safety gears.
In these examples, one can see the resourcefulness of Asians when it comes to moneymaking. A typical motorbike that’s commonly used for single or two-man transport is now converted into a profitable source of livelihood. In the years to come, all these innovations will take their economy to soaring heights.