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JohnBoehner
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MadelineR
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Dirt bikes should be allowed on the streets

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Started: 11/4/2015 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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JohnBoehner

Pro

I believe that Dirt bikes should be allowed on all roads. No matter the size,stroke,or sound.
MadelineR

Con

The job of Side Pro in this debate is to show us the actual benefits that we will reap from allowing all dirt bikes to be driven on streets. The first argument of Side Pro only stated beliefs and failed to actually provide us with how people would benefit from this resolution; therefore, their points fall. Side Con will be proving to you:
a) Cost of Compatibility
b) Safety Issues and Standards
c) Prolonged and Counter-Productive Process

The point that I will be expanding on in this round is:

1. Cost of Compatibility

Side Con sees that dirt bikes are made for a reason and road bikes are made for a reason. Road bikes are designed in a specific way that allows for safety and efficient riding on the road. Dirt bikes are interesting and powerful automobiles; however, they are not designed for the road. Because of this fact, Side Con sees that they are not compatible with safety standards and road conditions. This not only creates safety issues; however, can damage the roads. The only way that it would be possible for all dirt bikes to be driven on roads would be to make sure that ALL roads are compatible. This would cost a lot of money that we do not have.

While we see that it is possible for dirt bikes to be driven on some roads, their design does not allow for this in every situation. It is possible for their designs to damage the roads, as well as create traffic and pose safety hazards. I will be speaking about the safety hazards in the next round; however, what Side Pro needs to recognize is that the amount of practical benefits that we will reap from passing this resolution is extremely minimal. If anything, we will be suffering from practical costs.

In order to create safe roads for all dirt bikes we would most likely need to repave and create specific traffic lanes, and these enhancements do not come cheap. It costs us our hard-earned dollars. Whether it be through the actual pavement itself or the amount of lanes on the road, adding a new type of vehicle on the road causes many changes to be made. Infrastructure taxes may have to be increased to make sure that all bikes and roads are compatible. Many individuals and families are not able to afford this. Regardless of economic standing, it is unfair to charge people a tax that they reap absolutely no benefits from. Not everyone drives dirt bikes; therefore, this would not benefit them in any way.

General infrastructure tax is not the same, as there are other types of infrastructure that these taxes go towards such as pipelines and community centres. However, we cannot generalize that everyone would be happy with the added tax, especially because not everyone feels the need to drive a dirt bike.

It is clear the the cost of compatibility if this resolution were to pass would be too high. This means we do not reap practical benefits. However, these costs are not moral. Charging people who cannot afford to put dinner on their plates an extra tax so a man or woman that they do not even know can ride their bike is not fair. Those who would want to ride dirt bikes would feel that they are unjustly targeted if they are the only ones being taxed. There is way that this resolution works morally or practically; therefore, we are so proud to oppose.

Thank you.
Debate Round No. 1
JohnBoehner

Pro

Dirt bikes are becoming more and more popular as time goes on. In, 2012 71,000 off-hwy motorcycles were sold in the united states. Some of the 71,000 people do not have the income to purchase anything else. If a person is working full-time minimum wage theyre making 15k a year. That is not much, especially not to buy a car. Dirtbikes are a very cheap and in some cases very reliable means of transportation. An individual could find a pre '85 250 for 400 to 700 dollars. When money is tight poeple have to do what it takes to keep themselves on their feet

Cost of Compatibility can be an issue however, These issues are temporary and are able to be solved. If the tires are put to DOT then the road cant be torn up. Therefore, the road will not need to be replaced and will not The safety concerns that come with dirt bikes, also come with anything that has a motor. The same dangers apply when driving ANY motorcycle, whether it be 2-stroke, 4-stroke, dirtbike, harley, or a ducati.

Lanes will not need to be added. All legal motorcycles as of right now drive and are very capable of driving on the normal road. These machines can go the speed limit just as everyone else, stop, go, turn, and backup, just like any other car or vehicle can do.

Families that can afford a car, can afford the type of motorcycles I am referring to. Motorcycle insurance is far, far, far cheaper than insuring a car or truck. I have a motorcycle and it costs me $60 every 6 months. The registration cost on a motorcycle is also very low when compared to cars. My motorcycle was $35 to get a tag. Yes, this can differ from people to people based on their driving record and other things. Motorcycles on average are cheaper than cars to register and insure.
Not to mention how cheap the gas for these are. I full tank on dirtbikes can cost from $10-$19 to fill and take you roughly 150-300 miles. I also own a truck which gets me less than 300 miles, with a 25 gallon tank. Motorcycles are more affordble in almost every way.
MadelineR

Con

MadelineR forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
JohnBoehner

Pro

JohnBoehner forfeited this round.
MadelineR

Con

MadelineR forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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