The UK is renowned around the world for its drizzly weather but nonetheless, we’re passionate about outdoor pursuits and buy far more motorcycles per head of population than many nations with far more bike-friendly climates.
But even inside the UK, there are areas where bikes are particularly popular, and thanks to the way the DfT keeps its records, we can tell exactly which postcodes have the most motorcycle registrations.
We last did this some six years ago, and surprisingly there’s been a distinct shift in some of the motorcycle population. Last time around the SW6 area of London was in the number one spot, now it barely scrapes into the top 20.
That’s potentially a reflection of the drop in the moped market. In recent years, bicycles and electrically-assisted bicycles have become vastly more popular, particularly in cities, at the expense of sub-50cc bikes. Now, bigger bikes make up a larger proportion of the overall motorcycle population, and as a result, we’re seeing a shift away from big cities and the South East towards areas where motorcycling is likely to be enjoyable rather than mere practicality.
Click here to find the ten most bike-rich postcodes, as of the 3rd quarter of 2018…