Motorbiking is booming with new research suggesting more than a million households could own a motorcycle by 2034.
More people switched to motorbikes, mopeds and scooters, some to avoid public transport, during the Covid pandemic. Now the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has seen sustained growth for two-wheeled vehicle ownership in the UK.
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So what is driving people on to two wheels?
Dave Willis said: “I think some of it is down to Covid, and people getting a bit of freedom back and enjoying life, as a motorcycle gives you ultimate freedom.
“It would not surprise me either if people are getting rid of a second car, with rising fuel prices and the cost-of-living squeeze, and replacing it with a moped or scooter for shorter journeys.”
Fellow director Rob Walters added that people working from home found they could manage with one car in the family.
Changing weather patterns could also be encouraging people on to motorbikes with warmer temperatures and dry days throughout the year.
The motorcycling season seems to be extending into November, hard winters are less common and many motorbikes and scooters offer good protection from the elements.
Motorbike clothing has also improved with warm, waterproof and breathable jackets, trousers, gloves and footwear. It’s also more fashionable and can be worn as casualwear.