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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 and the UK is now 15.4 years old. 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 15.4 years in 2020—a rise of 63%.

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
201915.0
202015.4
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 8.6 years old, nearly 7 years less than motorbikes. One benefit of driving an older motorcycle is a lower cost of insurance.

Age Profile of Motorbikes in the UK

Over 20,000 additional motorcycles were registered for the first time in the past year, a noticeable boost compared to cars, of which there were fewer vehicles registered in 2020 compared to 2019. Remarkably, there are 451,955 motorcycles registered in the UK that are over 13 years old, accounting for over a third of motorbikes on the road (34.8%).

Age Profile of UK Motorcycles 2020Number of MotorcyclesPercentage of Total (%)

Up to 1 year
95,1497.3%

1 up to 2 years
85,9466.6%

2 up to 3 years
76,7415.9%

3 up to 4 years
67,0995.2%

4 up to 6 years
128,5659.9%

6 up to 13 years
252,13519.4%

13 years +
451,95534.8%

Unknown
140,21210.8%

Total
1,297,802100.0%
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.

Erin Yurday

Erin Yurday is the CEO, Co-founder and Editor of NimbleFins. Prior to NimbleFins, she worked as an investment professional and as the finance expert in Stanford University's Graduate School of Business case writing team. Read more on LinkedIn.

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