You should know before reading this that I am an avid motorcyclist and as such this article presents an extremely slanted view. What follows are a collage of my opinions. So by all means take offence.
The car, by definition, was created to transport people under its own power from A to B. It was designed to be a modern alternative to the horse and carriage. A tool to improve the standard of living.
Today cars come in many different shapes and sizes but they have retained their practical origins. Cars are meant to take you, your partner, 3 kids and your dog home with the groceries. If the average car gets driven aggressively it doesn't like it. It's tyres squeal in distaste. They aren't built for that. Most cars aren't much fun, but like Bob and his gang, they get the job done.
Unfortunately for the car, getting the job done isn't good enough anymore. Every Friday night car enthusiasts stand about in a parking lot somewhere. They debate which of their two doored turbo charged (or supercharged for that matter) touring cars, which range from rebadged Datsuns to anything ending in 'i', are better than the others. All the while disregarding the fact that these cars are a contradiction of their purpose.
It's like standing in a pharmacy arguing about which form of contraception is most inefficient and expensive - and then using it to prevent pregnancy. It completely defeats the whole concept. What are they thinking?
The point is: you can't have it both ways. A car can't be fun and practical. It's not possible without compromise. Unfortunately cars are trying to do exactly that, compromise. If compromise is an agreement where neither party gets what they want and instead make some sort of hybrid between practicality and fun, I would rather have a minivan.
Enter the motorbike. Designed solely for the benefit of enjoyment. They are often referred to, at least in Australia, as "big boys' toys". In the interest of equity, they can also be referred to as big girls' toys (my wife will see this).
The motorcycle is a machine of pure fun. There is only space for you and your partner. They are relatively cheap, they go fast, turning is brilliant and they look good. To top that all off, we don't stand around and talk about them - we go for a ride.
Motorcycles are completely uncompromising in every way and that's what makes them great. Yes it makes them more dangerous and they come with a steeper learning curve. But that just increases the sense of elation when you conquer a new skill. They punish your mistakes harder and reward you like no other vehicle can.
And so they should because you don't drive it, you are part of it... but more on that in Part 2.