Many people in Arizona don't like motorcycles or motorcycle riders for a number of reasons. They think that motorcycles are loud, dangerous, and everyone who rides one is a criminal. Many times, this perception is not just annoying, but it could affect a personal injury case. All insurance companies are fully aware of this bias, and they reduce settlement offers as a result. But as most, if not all Phoenix motorcycle riders know, the perception is simply not true. In fact, motorcycles are good for the environment.
How so? They are very very fuel efficient and the emissions output of a motorcycle, even a big, bad, loud Harley, is minuscule in comparison to a car. Some of the statistics are dramatic. For example, a Harley Davidson, which are typically bigger and heavier than other motorcycles, can get an astounding 60 miles per gallon. That is quite a bit better than the third generation Toyota Prius, which is estimated around 50 mpg. So the next you are on your motorcycle riding on the streets of Phoenix and the beautiful deserts of Arizona and some driver gives you a dirty look from the seat of his big, heavy, gas guzzilin' Cadillac, have the quiet satisfaction you are the one saving the world, one Hawg at a time.
Just as odious is the idea that all motorcycle riders are criminals or outlaws. That is one perception I can refute from personal experience. While there certainly are some motorcycle riders who are on the wrong side of the law more frequently than they ought to be, there are plenty of professional and law abiding motorcycle riders. The recent upswing in professional Hawg riders is very well documented. But even before some upscale consumers starting riding motorcycles, plenty of law abiding Americans, police officers, soldiers, blue collar workers, ... were riding motorcycles not just for the joy, but because of simple economics. Motorcycles are not just more fuel efficient than cars, they are much cheaper all around. They cost less to buy, run, and maintain than a car.