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Motorbike or Car?

When it comes to deciding on your vehicle of choice the way you make your selection will depend on a number of factors; what you need the vehicle for, how old you are, how far you are likely to go using the vehicle, the time of year you will use the vehicle most and so on and so forth. The two main options for a new driver are motorbike or car, and deciding on which of these you will start with is important, but it won’t impact you forever.

Cost of Learning;

The cost of learning to drive/ride a vehicle can be greatly determined by the requirements to drive/ride the specified vehicle.

The process of getting a full driver’s licence includes getting a provisional licence (£50), Theory Test (£31), Practical Test (£75). The average driving lesson costs between £20 and £30, it is estimated that the average UK driver will need 47 lessons and an additional 22 hours of private driving practice before they can pass their test, which costs an average of £1,128. In total you can expect to pay around £1,300 to learn to drive a car.

The process of getting a full motorcycle licence includes getting a provisional licence (£50), passing the theory test (£31), Compulsory Basic Training (£80 – £120), passing the practical test (£75). The average motorcycle lessons cost around £30, plus bike hire if you’re not using your own motorcycle, and usually includes the cost of equipment hire. However – most motorcycle riders only take up to 10 lessons and do up to 20 hours practice before taking the test, as the CBT covers everything in a full day training. The total average cost for learning to ride a motorcycle is around £500, assuming you pass your tests first time.

Cost of the Vehicle;

Naturally how much you spend on your vehicle is going to impact upon your decision, so you will want to ensure that you select something you can afford.

A typical A1 motorcycle license will allow you to ride a motorcycle up to 125cc. For a new motorcycle of this standard you can expect to pay anything from £900 to £3,500. Add to this the annual costs such as road tax (£17), MOT (£30) and of course insurance which can range from £130 a month to £650 a month depending on the rider and the bike. In total the purchase of a bike and the cost of keeping it on the road for a year (not including fuel costs) would be between £2,507and £11,347.

With a full drivers licence your choice of car is not limited as to the power of the vehicle you can drive. A new car would cost you anywhere from £6,000 to £30,000. Add the annual cost of road tax (£140), MOT (£55) and insurance which varies greatly depending on you, your vehicle and where you live, with the current average being between £652 and £1,080 depending on where in the UK you live. In total (not including fuel costs) it will cost you anywhere between £14,019 and £43,155 to buy a car and keep it on the road for the first year.


Other Considerations;

Many will tell you that motorcycles require specific protective equipment, which is very true and can cost you between £500 and £1,000 for good, new equipment; but given the amount of money you saved on a bike compared to a car it certainly won’t be over-extending yourself by too far to purchase the safety equipment. Of course it is important to remember that a motorcycle is certainly more dangerous, will be harder to control in poor weather conditions and does not offer you much in terms of additional storage space, warmth, comfort or space for passengers. If you do want a sidecar for a passenger or to use as storage you have to take an additional test / training class and have your licence adapted to allow this.

Then there is fuel consumption to think about; most 125cc motorbikes can achieve 100mpg if ridden with care, some even reaching 125mpg or more. The average fuel capacity for the bikes is between 10 litres and 15 litres (2 – 3 gallon). The average fuel consumption for a car is between 25mpg and 30mpg according to recent surveys. However the average fuel tank size is 60 – 70 litres (13 – 15 gallons) which means that cars do generally go further on a single tank.

Despite the fact motorbikes are cheaper and more economic there are many, many people who prefer the comfort and convenience of the car, which is almost an essential item if you have a family. Then of course there are the risks that come with riding a motorcycle that you will have to be aware of and careful of.

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Katy Quinn About Us

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