Curious what everybody thinks...? And what vehicles you all have paired up with your motorcycles and why (if there's any reason at all)...?
I have a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser. Yes it's a gas guzzler, but I want and need it's utility, and although it's not PC in this era of Hybrids and Subcompacts, I love it.
When I bought mine, they started at $22,000 new without options. About $1000 more than a standard Camry today. Now they start at $25000, which is 5000$ less than a 4runner, which has more seats, but the same engine and more weight.
It comfortably seats 2, and uncomfortably seats 5. Those other 3 people wont always be bumming rides unless they are children, and then the children will be happy in the back anyways.
Has a good crash/rollover rating. Lots of airbags, including side curtain. It has a traction control and stability control, and doesn't get tipsy in turns due to thick sway bars.
It has a 4.0L, 240hp, 280 ft/lb, V6. It has a carrying capacity of 1000lbs, and a towing capacity of 5000 lbs. Mine has a 5 speed automatic transmission with a 2 speed 4wd transfer case and a rear axle differential lock, which makes the beach and camping without the bike a little less worrying in sandy or muddy conditions. There's also a factory supercharger from TRD for 4000$ if you want more power and less mpg.
The interior has no carpeting which makes cleaning easily. The rear seats fold down alright enough to hold a large amount of cargo. The rear window opens to transport 2x4's and fishing poles no problem.
The spare tire is rear door mounted eliminating the annoyances of tire changes involving lowering the spare with a underslung winch, which is handy on the side of the road when it's muddy. Mine has a roof rack with a high carrying capacity. The trailer receiver can hold 500lbs which will hold a rear motorcycle carrier (I've done it)
Why I don't like pickups: I own a half-ton trailer with a rear ramp. It's a million times easier to load my bike on a trailer, than in a pickup bed IMO. Also pickups tend to be lighter in ass, and I've had issues in the rain with traction in turns. I've owned an 4x4 S10 4.3L and a 2wd Silverado 5.3L before, they were nice inside, but they got the same mileage as the 4x4 SUV's I've owned: 4x4 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0, and 2007 FJ Cruiser 4x4 4.0. I would probably never buy a 4 cylinder pickup, simply because I feel it kills a lot of their utility.
That said, I would buy a car. I'm interested in the Mazda MX-5 Miata or the Suburu WRX Impreza STI. Neither are fuel efficient, but I imagine are a lot of fun.
You might notice I'm not really up on fuel efficiency on my four wheel vehicles. It's not that I hate the environment. Hell I live in Texas, I got family in Houston, Dallas and El Paso. I should really be interested in fuel economy.
1. I've been stuck in mud before in other vehicles: it sucks, it sucks so much I have a winch. Most people don't go to places unpaved, I do.
2. I use my bike as my economic choice. I ride it most of the year every day.
3. When I drive someplace in my truck I want to be comfortable and be able to haul ****. Usually when I use my truck it's because I have to pick something large up.
4. When I go long distances I want to either ride my bike or carry my bike so I can ride it where I'm going. I'll also be carrying maybe more than 2 people, so why would I use a 4 door pickup which is a less comfortable SUV with a bed that I don't want to load a bike into.
This is all just my opinion, I feel this vehicle is the right one for me. I realize it's not the right one for everybody, not everyone needs this type of vehicle. I bought it new in 2007, it's got 80,000 miles on it so far, with ZERO mechanic problems. I expect to keep it till over 200,000 miles.
My bike isn't a trailer queen, I did an 1800 mile trip over the summer. However I do like the option of bringing my truck and bike to places at the same time.