Bikes Are Better

A good friend of mine is an auto enthusiast with an incredible collection.  Recently, he posted a picture on Instagram reminiscing about the Mclaren F1.  Once the fastest production car in the world, it could purportedly reach speeds of 240 mph.  0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds.  And F1s currently demand over $15 million.


“Never mind,” I said, "Bikes are better."  I’ll prove it.

My Triumph Thruxton R has 97 horse powers and weighs 448 pounds. It can do 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds. It costs $15,000. And it's not some space-age rocket-fueled track bike that you have to wear a power ranger suit and airbags to ride. It's an instant classic that looks amazing and is comfortable to pilot.

But, you might say, the Thruxton cannot go 240 mph.  Nope.  Not even close.  “So what?” I say.  Do you know the last time I rode a motorcycle 200 mph? .... never.  Do you know the last time I drove a car 200 mph? .... never again.  Pretty confident I never will.  But do you know the last time I rode my Thruxton 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds .... this morning, on my way to breakfast.

I think it can be as fun to push a 500cc Royal Enfield (at a price tag around $5000) to 75 mph as I imagine it is to push a supercar to 200 mph.  Maybe moreso since you won't poo yourself.

So, there it is, irrefutable proof that bikes are better...

Unless it's raining.  And you have an E-Type Jaguar Coupe (the most beautiful car ever made).  Then let me in.

Ps.  If you're looking for an E-Type and/or it's raining, check out our friends at Churchill Classics ( ... amazing cars sold and serviced by good blokes.