Ever wondered how many motorcycles fit in a car parking space or what was the first bike to top 200mph? The petrol-heads at Bikesure, the freethinking motorbike specialists, have put together 10 facts and stats you may not know about all things two-wheeled.
- The first bike to ever top 200mph was supercharged 499cc NSU in Utah, August 1956, achieving 211mph ridden by Wilhelm Herz.
- There are approximately 1.1-1.2 million active riders in the UK, meaning out of 5 million full motorcycle license holders 4/5ths are inactive. More than 1 in 10 active bikers buy a new bike each year. (Source: Motorcycle.co.uk)
- There is much speculation over how many motorcycles fit in a UK car parking space, with motorbikelocal.co.uk reckoning on an average of eight.
- Motorcycles make up 3.5% of the licensed vehicles on the road, with cars making up 83.2%, according to the latest DVLA stats.
- In 10,000 miles, the average four-cylinder bike engine will have done 100,000,000 revs according to various sources http://apfmotorcycle.com/fun-bike-facts/
- The registration of new scooters rose by 7.3% in the period between 2009 and 2012 while the registration of sports bikes was down by 6.9% according to the Department for Transport.
- The front tyre provides 75 per cent of a bike’s grip when cornering according to various sources on the net, includingthisislocallondon.co.uk
- The fastest speed road skiing behind a motorcycle record is held by Gary Rothwell. In 1992 road Gary performed the stunt “The Fastest Man on Skis”, which involved him slipping off the back of the bike and being pulled along on titanium skis fitted to his boots, at a recorded speed of 150.02mph.
- According to visordown.com and stats from the DVLA, there are as many two-wheeled Hondas on the road as there are Kawasakis and Suzukis combined.
- Billy Baxter, holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest blind man on a motorbike, notching up a speed of over 165mph in 2003. He rode solo on an unmodified, high-performance Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R. Billy beat the former world record by 24mph and still holds the record today.