My thing is, cars & gas are getting expensive as shit, so motorcycles are beginning to make sense from a purely practical POV.
My car (140 bhp and 120 mph, so not particularly slow even by no stretch of imagination a sports orientated vehicle) does 55 mpg. My bike does 49 mpg.
Car costs £200 for a 12K service. Bike costs £450 - and needs a £200 intermediate service at 6K.
Car costs £500 per 30K miles for tyres, bike costs around £750 per 30K miles.
Road tax and insurance are about the same. Bike needs riding gear, car doesn't.
Car is warm/cool, dry, comfortable and has a decent stereo. Bike is fast through traffic.
Bike is middleweight Street Triple R - an ideal commuter. ER-6 was a bit cheaper to run. Bigger bikes are not. Car is a turbo diesel,
On the other hand a small bike can be very cheap to run and some cars, particularly in the States, need a fuel tanker to follow them.
All that apart, why don't we go back to tubed cross-ply tyres, drum brakes, manual ignition advance and acetylene lights. Some of you seem to want to pick and choose what safety aids suit you (high grip tyres and slipper clutches for example) but despise other safety aids. That is not a logical position to take.
The best safety aid is also the best performance aid. It's your brain, and I'd like to see some of you making more use of it. Some of you talk as though you have the skill set of a moto-GP professional. You don't, or that's what you'd be doing for a living. Accept that your skills are limited and you'll live longer. Learn how to use the safety aids and add them to your riding and you'll live longer still - and might even be faster in a wider range of adverse conditions.