Alright, here’s a little truth bomb for you, you’ll probably get your dream bike first before you get your dream car if you’re so inclined. Buying a vehicle involves a lot of money, and the more metal there is, the more you have to pay. Even simple functions like steering or braking require a ton of tech just to work in an automobile. Keeping a vehicle safe will also require a lot of metalwork and engineering.
Imagine this, you’re browsing cars or bikes available at dealerships, a majority of motorcycles available in the market can be sold for under P1,000,000 but cars find themselves hitting P1,000,000 all the time. On top of that, your dream bike is probably just as expensive as a normal car. Heck, if you set your sights lower, your dream motorcycle will probably be a fraction of the price of a regular car.
To put things into perspective, a Toyota Vios tops out at about P1,000,000. This is the top-spec, top-dog, in terms of performance and features in the Vios range. However, P1,000,000 can not only get you a nice expressway-legal motorcycle but also all your gear and even a scooter to boot if you’re looking to stretch out your budget.
Though, we will admit that motorcycles and cars are very different. You can’t really store stuff on a motorcycle like a car unless you buy luggage or panniers. That and you can only take one passenger and have the necessary skill set to take one and still ride like normal, so it’s not for everyone.
For the same price as a crossover, you can buy yourself a nice MV Agusta F3, or even a Dragster 800. Though you won’t be able to bring a lot of stuff and haul some passengers, it will break necks and turn heads as you roll past.
However, let’s say that you have a palate for the finer things in life, and you don’t want to settle for just a P1,000,000 two-wheeler. You want something premier, something over a million that will serve as an end-game for you and your garage. Think BMW, Ducati, MV Agusta, and their stellar lineup of bikes in the market. The most exclusive model off the top of our heads is the Ducati Superleggera that is around the same price as a production Mercedes, BMW, or Audi. Still, those are great cars, but not nearly as exciting or as exclusive.
However, let’s say that you are aiming for a dream car. Let’s say you want to sit in the lap of luxury and ride in style and comfort. Even entry-level Ferraris can cost you upwards of eight digits on its price tag. Rolls Royce wil have you pay well into the thirty-million mark to just get into one of its entry-level models. If you want a more affordable option in the luxury market, even a MINI will set you back more money than Ducati’s Superleggera, and you can probably buy two MV Agustas for the price of one hatchback.
Think about the price to performance ratio as well. An entry-level big bike can probably keep up with or outpace most vehicles. The largest disparity would likely be in the high-end of the market. Automakers charge millions for a car that can go 0-100 km/h in about three to four seconds, while motorcycle brands will probably only charge you about a million and a half. The same can be said for even the most entry-level sportscars out in the market. Mazda’s MX-5 is among the most renowned in the world, but it still is down on power even a cruiser or adventure-tourer can make mincemeat of it in the straights.
All that being said, this train of thought isn’t for everyone. It will depend on how strong your dream is to own your dream bike. Also, not everyone wants to end up on a motorcycle. If you don’t have a car and you really need to get one, it’s probably not the best idea to skip the four-wheeler and replace it with a two-wheeler. If you’re married and have kids, your significant other with probably give you a nasty look having spent an exorbitant amount of cash on your dream bike. Though, one argument you can make is that at least it beats the alternative of buying your dream car with similar performance.
We will admit that this is more of an emotional decision, however. Dreams are dreams, but all we're saying is that some dreams are more attainable than others.