If you are a regular reader of these blogs, you will no doubt be aware of the age old debate regarding cars versus motorcycles. No matter who you ask, it seems everyone has an opinion on which is better. If you are unsure yourself, then you might be interested to know about some of the ways in which they differ, and some of the ways in which they are similar. To that end, we have put together this short post on just that subject. Here, we are going to look at a few of the main arguments between cars and motorcycles, and see if we can once and for all settle which is the overall winner.
Something which is always relevant to motorists of any kind is the costs. There are two main types of cost for both motorcycles and cars: upfront and ongoing. The upfront cost is that which you actually have to pay as you buy the vehicle itself. This varies widely for both cars and motorcycles, but as a general rule it does appear that motorcycles win on this front. No matter whether you are buying first- or second-hand, you will find that more often than not a motorcycle is considerably cheaper. There is a huge selection of used motorcycles to choose from too, so you don’t need to feel that the low cost is a reflection on poor choice. Of course, when it comes to ongoing costs such as fuel, here again motorcycles do win out more often than not. But that is not to say that they are always better – there are certain instances when a car will be cheaper to run.
Safety is always going to be a big concern for anyone on the roads. It makes sense that it is also an important part of this debate, as the safety of cars and motorcycles do vary quite a lot. If you are looking for safety above all else, you might decide that a car is your best option. With most cars, you have more protection in the way of the actual body of the vehicle. However, if we are talking statistically, then you are much more likely to be in a car accident than a biking accident. It all depends on how you ride whatever you’re riding. If you are keen on being safe, it doesn’t matter too much what you ride – just make sure that you are riding it in a way which reduces the likelihood of you having an accident.
This next one is quite hard to gauge overall for either motorcycles or cars, as it varies so much from model to model and make to make. However, that is not to say that you can’t judge it at all. As a rule, you will find that a new motorcycle needs much less in the way of repairs and so on than a new car. Of course, once you start to look at older and older vehicles, it is much harder to say which is better or worse. But overall motorcycles tend to need taking to the garage considerably less even as they get older.