Of course, there are many reasons to own a motorcycle. Its driving economy, for one thing, can’t be rivalled by any car, no matter how small, compact, and green. There’s also a cool factor that the rider won’t get from any other vehicle. However, there are some disadvantages to owning and driving a motorcycle. If you’re looking to choose between the two kinds of vehicle, you’ll need to take several pros and cons into account.
One major advantage of motorcycles is that they take up far less space than even the smallest car. The average garage can, for example, hold three or four motorcycles, even if the building is on the small side. Out and about during the day, the diminutive size of a motorcycle compared to a car also makes parking far easier to find, and driving through congested traffic is less of a problem.
Another advantage is cost. The purchase price of even a classic motorcycle tends to be a fraction of the cash required for a car. Fuel consumption is much lower, which is an important point in a world where fuel prices worldwide are rising almost exponentially. Finally, mechanically inclined people can save on repair costs by maintaining and repairing their own vehicles. The need for body work and paint is also far less than that required for a car.
Many make an argument for safety. Cars generally offer better protection in an accident as cars have seatbelts and a lot of protective metal around them. Motorcycle drivers don’t have these, even if they do wear protective leathers. So the argument for cars then goes that these drivers are at far less risk of injury or death when involved in a serious accident than motorcycle drivers involved in the same type of accident.
If it’s about the cool factor, there are many small cars that have a good cool factor and fuel economy going for them. The Ford Focus, for example, is reported to have a relatively cool look, with superb handling, fuel economy, and a good price for its size and quality. It compares as well as a small car can with a motorcycle.
So which kind of vehicle is best? The answer, as for so much else in life, is that it’s up to each individual. Motorcycle drivers will stand by their choice, as will car owners. Choice is, after all, what makes driving worth doing today.