Small motorcycle sales soar
For many people, the daily commute can be frustrating and time consuming. That's why more and more commuters are choosing to ditch four wheels for two, especially in congested areas as they can half their journey time into work. Furthermore, with fuel prices going up and up, opting for two wheels is saving commuters' hard earned cash due to the fact that a motorbike fuel tank costs, on average, less than half the price of a car to fill.
As a country we are always looking for new ways to 'go green' and in doing so save money on road tax, which is why small bikes (125cc and under) are forecasted to be the main motorcycle category that contributes to growth in bike sales over the next couple of years. Suzuki's VanVan 125, the Gladius 650 and the luxury Burgman 650 are examples of fuel efficient bikes that have seen strong growth in sales specific to commuters.
The biggest increase in motorbike usage has been seen in London as more of the capital's city workers are looking to jump the traffic jams and find a more cost-effective method of transport around the city. Additional benefits for London bikers include exemption from congestion charges and zero parking fees in selected parking zones for motorcycles, scooters and mopeds. The capital's fast food delivery industry and courier services are also turning more frequently to motorbikes as a preferred method of transport, saving thousands of pounds on their insurance schemes for their business bike fleets.
Not only are these new bikers saving themselves time and money, they're also saving it for car drivers, as well as cutting emissions.
So think bike, give room for them to pass or better yet - get on a motorbike too! You'll get where you need to be a lot quicker and much less stressed.
29.09.12 - Adam Hale