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How has motorbike popularity among Brits changed?
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The most popular motorbike brands
The number of motorbikes per brand owned in the UK from 2016 to 2019 is presented below. In 2019, the most popular brand was Honda, with 453,000 motorbikes in 2019.
Some brands have seen considerable increases in number of owners. BMW ownership has increased by 164%, from 118,000 owners in 2016 to 311,000 owners in 2019. This now makes BMW the second most popular motorbike in the UK. Aprilia has also seen a huge jump in popularity, with ownership increasing 178% since 2016.
The number of motorcycles sold in the UK by type
At 34,320 sold, naked bikes were the most popular type of motorcycle sold in the UK in 2019, making up over a third of all motorcycle sales. A fifth of all motorcycle sales are scooters, followed closely by adventure sport bikes at 19% of all motorcycle sales.
The number of motorcycles sold by engine size
Motorbikes with 51–125cc engines were most commonly sold in 2019, making up 32% of all motorcycles sold. In second place, making up 22% of all motorcycles sold, were motorbikes with engines 651–1,000cc. This was closely followed by 126–650cc (21%) and then over 1,000cc (20%), while 0–50cc had the lowest proportion of sales at just 6%.
|Engine size||Number of motorcycles|
The top reasons motorbikes fail their MOT
In the 2018/2019 year, 23% of motorcycles initially failed their MOTs. Of these failed motorcycles, 38% failed due to lighting and signalling issues, making it the most likely reason to fail. Brakes were the second biggest reason for these motorcycles failing their MOTs, with almost a fifth of all failed motorcycles failing for this reason. Steering and suspension and tyres and wheels closely followed as the next most common causes for failing an MOT, with a 14% and 12% occurrence, respectively.
|Lighting and signaling||38%|
|Steering and suspension||14%|
|Tyres and wheels||12%|
|Reg plates and vin||5%|
|Fuel and exhaust||4%|
|Body and structure||3%|
Which age group is best at passing the practical motorcycle road test?
The pass rate for the practical motorcycle road test is shown for 3 years, from 2015 to 2018. With an average of a 73% pass rate over the 3 years, the 21- to 30-year-old age bracket has the highest pass rate. Despite the jump in 2017/2018, the 61+ age group has the lowest average motorcycle pass rate, at 64%.
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