New data reveals true story of UK’s female motorcycle and scooter riders

New data accessed from The Bike Insurer’s database has revealed the most accurate picture to date of the UK’s female motorcycle riders.

Female motorcyclist wearing custom pink rose helmet at the Worlds Largest Female biker meet 2018

The number of women riding motorcycles in the UK is on the rise as modern motorcycles have been made more accessible and the motorcycle industry has worked hard to meet the demands of women riders.

Jade Isabelle, Commercial Director at The Bike Insurer said: “As more women take to riding motorcycles and scooters, we’re interested in looking at who these women are and how we can help them achieve their cheapest insurance price in the easiest possible way. We welcome them all to the world of two wheels.”

Motorcycle insurance quotes generated by female riders in the past 18 months were analysed from our quote data, with female riders making up 8 per cent of the total quotes made during the period.

All of the data analysed has been completely anonymised so actual customer information cannot be identified, but the information has still revealed an incredibly interesting snapshot of the UK’s female motorcycle and scooter riders.

So complete is the data, we know female motorcyclists in the UK are most commonly to be seen riding the Honda CB125F, her name is most likely to be Sarah, and she’s a student living at home in Surrey, or East or West Sussex.

Red Honda CB125F static

Our data has revealed a fascinating and complete picture of a large amount of information about the women riding motorcycles and scooters in the UK; everything from the motorcycles they choose to ride, to the most common first names of those on two wheels.

The sample of data presented here was taken between May 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018 to ensure it’s as up-to-date as possible with more than 23,000 female quotes sampled.

Most popular motorcycles among women

An overview of the top 20 bikes owned by female riders reveals the Honda CB125F is the most popular by almost double that of the second placed motorcycle; the Honda CBR125R. Honda dominates the top 10 bikes taking six of the top spots.

Honda UK’s Motorcycle Business Planning Department Manager, Andy Mineyko, said: “It’s great to see Honda is the leading manufacturer on the minds of female motorcyclists. We’re proud to offer a broad range of models which women enjoy riding. In addition, we hope to play a part in growing the female rider community moving forward through the Honda School of Motorcycling and Just Ride.”

British manufacturer Triumph is one of only two firms to sell enough bikes in the midsize category to reach the top 10 with the Triumph Bonneville T100 sixth best-selling. The Triumph Street Triple and Street Triple R feature in the top 25.

Triumph Motorcycles’ Head of Brand Management, Miles Perkins said: “We certainly see many changes in the motorcycle market and the growing number of female riders is one of the key shifts we see as being a good sign for the future.

“We always try to listen to customers and have seen changes in the way people are using their bikes and what they want from a motorcycle, along with a shift in the general demographic of riders, including a pleasing increase in the number female riders coming into motorcycling. This one of the influences in the re-invigoration of our modern classic line-up in 2015.

Female bikers talking next to motorcycles at the Worlds Largest Female Biker Meet 2018

“The Triumph Bonneville T100 has always been a popular motorcycle for all types of rider, particular those reasonably new to biking and for female riders. It’s low seat height, easy handling and responsive performance and the ability for everyone to get both feet on the floor make it a really accessible way into biking. That’s not just about the height; its more about giving them confidence and control.

“The work we have done on some of the modern classic range has been directly down to making motorcycles as appealing and accessible as possible and the rise in female riders who choose a Triumph potentially reflects that. Our Street Twin model is our biggest seller in the modern classic line-up and also has a greater number of female owners than any other Triumph.”

Overview of the data

TOP 20 MOTORCYCLES AND SCOOTERS OWNED BY WOMEN

HONDA CBF 125
HONDA CBR 125 R
YAMAHA YBR-125
HONDA MSX 125
YAMAHA YBR 125 CUSTOM
TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T100
KAWASAKI ZX-6R
HONDA PCX 125 (11 HP)
HONDA CG 125
HONDA VISION 110
HONDA CB500X
YAMAHA YZF-R125
SUZUKI SV 650 S (69 HP)
HONDA PCX 125 (11HP)
AJS MODENA 125
PIAGGIO ZIP 50
SUZUKI GZ 125 MARAUDER
SUZUKI VANVAN 125
YAMAHA NMAX 125
YAMAHA MT 125 ABS

TOP FIVE BIKES OWNED BY WOMEN OVER 125cc

TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T100 (61)
KAWASAKI ZX-6R
SUZUKI SV 650 S (69 HP)
KAWASAKI ER-6F
TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE R

TOP SELLING BIKES WITHIN EACH AGE BRACKET

Age bracket Manufacturer Model
16 DIRECT BIKES SPORTS DB50QT-11
17-24 HONDA CBF 125
25-34 HONDA CBF 125
35-44 YAMAHA YBR-125
45-54 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T100
55-64 HONDA CB500X
65+ HONDA C90 SUPER CUB

TOP TEN NAMES OF WOMEN MOTORCYCLISTS

Sarah
Emma
Rebecca
Laura
Karen
Samantha
Julie
Claire
Nicola
Helen

TOP FIVE REGIONS FOR WOMEN MOTORCYCLE OWNERS AND AVERAGE AGE

1. Surrey, East and West Sussex, 35-years-old
2. East Anglia, 35-years-old
3. Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bath/Bristol area, 35-years-old
4. Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire, 40-years-old
5. Greater Manchester, 33-years-old

ALL REGIONS FEMALE DATA

REGION COUNTY/COUNTIES AVERAGE AGE
East Midlands Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire 37
East Midlands Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire 40
East Midlands Lincolnshire 37
East of England Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire 34
East of England East Anglia 35
East of England Essex 35
London Inner London – East 35
London Inner London – West 35
London Outer London – East and North East 34
London Outer London – South 35
London Outer London – West and North West 35
North East Northumberland and Tyne and Wear 35
North East Tees Valley and Durham 37
North West Cheshire 36
North West Cumbria 35
North West Greater Manchester 33
North West Lancashire 35
North West Merseyside 35
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 36
Scotland Eastern Scotland 37
Scotland Highlands and Islands 38
Scotland North Eastern Scotland 38
Scotland Southern Scotland 39
Scotland West Central Scotland 36
South East Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire 34
South East Hampshire and Isle of Wight 34
South East Kent 35
South East Surrey, East and West Sussex 35
South West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 35
South West Devon 36
South West Dorset and Somerset 36
South West Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bath/Bristol area 35
Wales East Wales 35
Wales West Wales 36
West Midlands Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire 35
West Midlands Shropshire and Staffordshire 34
West Midlands West Midlands 33
Yorkshire and The Humber East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire 36
Yorkshire and The Humber North Yorkshire 37
Yorkshire and The Humber South Yorkshire 34
Yorkshire and The Humber West Yorkshire 35

AVERAGE AGE ACROSS ALL UK REGIONS

37-years-old

REGION WITH LOWEST AVERAGE AGE

Greater Manchester and West Midlands, 33-years-old

TOP FIVE OCCUPATIONS
Student
Housewife
Unemployed
Health Care Assistant
Cleaner

AVERAGE ANNUAL MILEAGE

3,000 miles

DETAILED VIEW OF MOTORCYCLES OR SCOOTERS OWNED IN EACH AGE BRACKET

16 year olds

Rank Manufacturer Model
1 DIRECT BIKES SPORTS DB50QT-11
2 PEUGEOT KISBEE 50
3 LEXMOTO ECHO 50 LJ50QT-3L
4 PIAGGIO ZIP 50
5 HONDA VISION 50
6 DIRECT BIKES RETRO DB50QT-A
7 PEUGEOT V CLIC EVP 2 (3 HP)
8 DIRECT BIKES NINJA DB50QT15B
9 LEXMOTO HUNTER 50 TD50Q
10 LEXMTO SCOUT 50 BT49QT-9

17-24 year olds

Rank Manufacturer Model
1 HONDA CBR 125 R
2 HONDA CBF 125
3 YAMAHA YBR-125
4 HONDA MSX 125
5 HONDA CB 125 F
6 YAMAHA YBR 125 CUSTOM
7 HONDA CG 125
8 YAMAHA YZF-R125
9 YAMAHA MT 125 ABS
10 PIAGGIO ZIP 50

25-34 year olds

Rank Manufacturer Model
1 HONDA CBF 125
2 KAWASAKI ZX-6R
3 HONDA CBR 125 R
4 YAMAHA YBR-125
5 HONDA CB 125 F
6 HONDA MSX 125
7 YAMAHA YBR 125 CUSTOM
8 YAMAHA YZF-R125
9 HONDA PCX 125 (11HP)
10 HONDA CG 125

35-44 year olds

Rank Manufacturer Model
1 YAMAHA YBR-125
2 HONDA CBR 125 R
3 HONDA CBF 125
4 HONDA CB 125 F
5 HONDA PCX 125 (11HP)
6 HONDA MSX 125
7 HONDA VISION 110
8 TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE R
9 YAMAHA YBR 125 CUSTOM
10 HONDA PCX 125 (11 HP)

45-54 year olds

Rank Manufacturer Model
1 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T100 (61)
2 YAMAHA YBR-125
3 HONDA CB 125 F
4 HONDA CBF 125
5 HONDA CBR 125 R
6 AJS MODENA 125
7 HONDA PCX 125 (11 HP)
8 KAWASAKI ER-6F
9 HONDA MSX 125
10 SUZUKI SV 650 S (69 HP)

55-64 year olds

Rank Manufacturer Model
1 HONDA CB 500 X
2 YAMAHA YBR-125
3 HONDA VISION 110
4 HONDA CBF 125
5 HONDA CB 125 F
6 SUZUKI SV 650 S (69 HP)
7 YAMAHA XV 535 S VIRAGO
8 YAMAHA XV 535 VIRAGO
9 HONDA REBEL CMX 500 (45 HP)
10 PIAGGIO ZIP 50

65+ year olds

Rank Manufacturer Model
1 HONDA C 90 CUB
2 DIRECT BIKES SPORTS DB50QT-11
3 HONDA CG 125
4 TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE ABS
5 PIAGGIO ZIP 50
6 YAMAHA XV 535 VIRAGO
7 APRILIA HABANA CUSTOM 125
8 DIBLASI P7TB 60
9 HONDA ANF 125 INNOVA
10 HONDA CB 500
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