Driving takes up a huge part of our lives, so we may as well get the most we can from it.
When it comes to choosing a new vehicle, consumers have their personal priorities. Some are looking simply for the cheapest motor to run or the easiest to maintain, while others favour safety over the fun factor, and vice versa.
For the majority, choosing a motorbike doesn’t even come into the equation, but perhaps it should. Motorbikes offer advantages in a number of key areas, but does that make them a better option than cars?
Whichever way you look at it, motorbikes are cheaper to buy than their automobile counterparts. At the budget end, a good used motorbike will cost anywhere from £1,000 upwards, while a respectable used car will cost at least £3,000.
In the new market, many quality bikes start well below £10,000, a figure that will get you only the cheapest and most basic car packages.
In terms of higher performance, Kawasaki’s Ninja H2 SX, which boasts a top speed of 209mph, is available on the market from just over £15,000 new. What the car equivalent would cost doesn’t bear thinking about.
Compare The Market put together a report on the running costs of motorbikes versus cars, with two wheels prevailing over four in most areas.
On average, motorbike insurance is cheaper than car insurance, with premiums typically sitting around £371 a year for bikes and £700 for cars.
Fuel costs vary widely depending on what type of vehicle you’re running, although with smaller bikes like the Honda CBF 125 offering an average mpg of 93.2, you’d suspect better efficiency tends to lie with motorcycles.
Following changes in April 2017, new cars will cost at least £140 to tax for the year. Motorbike tax is based on engine size, and ranges from £19 a year through to a maximum of £82.
As for repairs and servicing, prices again vary depending on what you require and the age and condition of the vehicle. Overall though, Money Supermarket suggests that motorbike users will pay hundreds less across the year than car drivers.
For many people, driving is just as much about enjoyment as practicality, and this plays a significant factor in what defines a good vehicle.
It’s difficult to establish which is better fun between a car and a motorbike as the matter is completely subjective, not to mention there are thousands of different models of both car and bike offering different levels of performance, driveability and overall satisfaction.
On one hand, many riders own a bike simply for pleasure riding on a weekend, attesting to their fun to use. On the other, many people wouldn’t dare even sit on a bike.
For cheap thrills, one suspects you might be able to get more from a low cost, high-performance motorbike, but that’s not to say many wouldn’t prefer taking their car for a spin about town or along some winding country roads.
Overall, it’s tough to declare a winner in a simple car versus motorbike debate. Motorbikes tend to be significantly cheaper to buy and run over the year, and easy accessibility to high-speed machines will appeal to the thrill seekers amongst us.
Both cars and motorbikes boast significant and passionate followings, meaning the argument very much comes down to personal preference.