Less than 1% of motorcyclists want to ride at speed

Under 1% of motorcyclists want to ride at speed, research tells us.

A study into modern motorcycling behaviour and found that motorcyclists tend to be the ‘anti-daredevils’, with 90% saying they’re “concerned for safety” when riding next to other vehicles.


The survey found that over 99% of riders don’t set out to ride at speed, preferring a steadier journey to an supercharged trip.

In fact, fewer than 1% (0.21%) said their goal was to ride fast. The research shows that taking care on the road is the top priority for many motorcyclists, with more than two-fifths (41%) saying it’s their number one concern when they are on their bike. The research, undertaken earlier this year, reflects the views of 1000 British car drivers and 1400 motorcyclists.

Meanwhile, the actions of car drivers were also found to be an ongoing concern for many bikers, with nearly three quarters (71%) saying car drivers are distracted and a further two thirds (62%) claiming their fellow road users are impatient on the road.


When car drivers were asked the same questions about their journeys, the results were surprisingly different. The majority (61%) said reaching their destination was their first priority. In fact, under a fifth (19%) cited safety as a primary objective. When asked whether they thought bikers were impatient, nearly half (48%) of drivers surveyed said they were, but fewer than one in 20 (4%) considered motorcyclists to be distracted on the roads.

Further to this, a third of male drivers (67%), and almost three quarters of female drivers (73%), said that they were especially vigilant when driving near motorcyclists for fear of being involved in an accident.

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