Motorcycling definitely not a midlife crisis - and here's proof

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Published on 23 June 2016 by Robert Drane

One third of motorcyclists in the UK are over 46, new research from comparethemarket.com shows, and 68% of motorcyclists over 45 have held a licence for more than 15 years.

“The average UK biker is male, lives in Leeds and works in operations, construction or engineering. He rides a Honda motorbike costing between £1,000 and £2,000 which he uses for all means of transportation, including commuting to work.” That is the conclusion comparethemarket.com has reached from their data.

Daniel Bass, Head of Motorcycle Insurance at comparethemarket.com, said: “[A] benefit of owning a motorcycle at a later stage in life is that your insurance is likely to be a lot cheaper, as older drivers tend to be more experienced on the road and are therefore lower risk.”

But this leads us to question: where are younger new motorcyclists who should be joining our ranks? Does this demonstrate a lack of younger riders taking up our lifestyle? With it being Ride to Work Week, now is a great opportunity to encourage new motorcyclists to start out.

Do you know a young future motorcyclist? Encourage them to begin riding!

For more information about Ride to Work Week, see its website. How long have you been a biker? Tell us on our Facebook page.


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