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How has motorbike popularity amongst Brits changed?
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The most popular motorbike brands
The number of motorbikes per brand owned in the UK from 2016 to 2018 is presented below. In 2018, the most popular brand was Honda. There were 302,000 Honda motorbikes in 2018, which is almost double the number of the next biggest motorbike brand, Suzuki.
The number of motorcycles sold in the UK in 2018 by type
At 33,570 sold, naked bikes are the most popular type of motorcycle sold in 2018, making up over a third of all motorcycle sales. A fifth of all motorcycle sales are scooters, followed closely by adventure sport bikes at 18% of all motorcycle sales.
The number of motorcycles sold in 2018 by engine size
Motorbikes with 51-125cc engines were most commonly sold in 2018, making up 22% of all motorcycles sold. In second place, and making up close to a fifth of all motorcycles sold, were motorbikes with engines over 1,000cc.
|Engine size||Number of motorcycles|
|More than 1,000c||228,000|
Reasons for motorcycle failing their MOT in 2017/2018
In the 2017/2018 year, 25.6% of motorcycles initially failed their MOTs. Of these failed motorcycles, 37% 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 15% and 12% occurrence, respectively.
|Reason||Reasons for failure|
|Lighting and signalling||37%|
|Steering and suspension||15%|
|Tyres and wheels||12%|
|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 three years, from 2015 to 2018. With an average of a 73% pass rate over the three years, the 21-30-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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