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Average Motorcycle Age UK

Have you ever wondered how old the typical motorcycle is in the UK? Whether you're considering buying an older motorbike or you're just curious about motorcycle lifespans, we've gathered the statistics on motorcycle age to give you a broad picture of the state of motorcycles in Great Britain and the UK.

Motorcycle Age

How old is old for a motorcycle? The average age of motorcycles in Great Britain is 14.7 years (and 14.6 years in the whole of the UK). Data from the Department for Transport shows that motorcycle owners are keeping their bikes on the road longer than ever before. In fact, the average age (i.e., the number of years since first registration) of motorbikes has risen from a low of 9.4 years in 2002/2003 to 14.7 years in 2018—a rise of 57%.

Average Age of Motorcycles in GBYears Old
199411.6
199511.8
199612.3
199711.8
199811.2
199910.4
20009.8
20019.5
20029.4
20039.4
20049.6
20059.8
200610.0
200710.1
200810.4
200910.9
201313.1
201413.5
201513.7
201613.8
201714.1
201814.7
chart showing average age of motorbikes in Great Britain
The average motorcycle on the road is older than ever

Motorcycles stay on the road longer than cars—the average age of cars in Great Britain is only 8.2 years old, a full 6.5 years less than motorbikes. One benefit of driving an older motorcycle is a lower cost of insurance.

Number of Motorbikes in Great Britain

In 2018, there were 1,242,690 motorcycles registered in Great Britain (and 1,265,142 in the UK). After rising nearly 80% in the 15 years from 1994 to 2008, the number of motorcycles in GB has remained relatively steady since.

Number of Motorcycles in Great Britain
1994720,922
1995702,493
1996738,756
1997752,357
1998813,784
1999889,364
2000953,737
20011,009,954
20021,070,022
20031,134,682
20041,191,168
20051,206,389
20061,209,557
20071,248,321
20081,274,568
20091,275,641
20101,234,369
20111,238,321
20121,224,849
20131,219,399
20141,216,168
20151,230,779
20161,248,074
20171,233,590
20181,242,690
chart showing the number of registered motorbikes in Great Britain
There were 1,242,690 motorcycles registered in Great Britain in 2018

Age Profile of Motorbikes in the UK

Over 96,000 motorcycles were registered for the first time in the past year, a significant boost from new motorcycle registrations in recent years. Remarkably, there are over 420,000 motorcycles registered in the UK that are over 13 years old.

Age Profile of UK Motorcycles 2018Number of MotorcyclesPercentage of Total (%)
Up to 1 year96,0517.6
1 up to 2 years82,1616.5
2 up to 3 years89,9627.1
3 up to 4 years70,3225.6
4 up to 6 years102,3088.1
6 up to 13 years275,39221.8
13 years +420,42333.2
Unknown128,52310.2
chart showing the age profile of motorbikes in the UK
How many older motorbikes are in the UK?

Older motorcycles are also appealing as they may be less likely to be stolen than a flashy, new motorbike.

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