Giving you the top 10 bikes from sales figures is one thing, but it doesn’t really tell us what people are mainly riding today! We’ve delved into the data and are bringing you the top 10 most popular motorcycles of today! These are the most popular models which us bikers have got taxed and on the roads. The data is taken from the Department for Transport, and looks at the current licensed motorcycles on UK roads.
One thing to bear in mind when looking at this data is that the ‘most popular’ group of bikes are actually listed as ‘model missing’ – this will be an amalgamation of different brands and models where the model is not correctly recorded on the bikes registration document. We’re not entirely sure how that happens, but it appears to… a lot.
So with that in mind, here’s our list;
1. YAMAHA YBR 125 (11,778 bikes)
Well, it’s not the most stylish bike we’ve seen, but as a basic, learners bike, the Yamaha YBR125 offers pretty good value for money. It’s a single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke engine, displacing 124 cc
2. YAMAHA FZS 600 (6,618 bikes)
This FZS600 is a versatile all-rounder with great brakes and a reliable motor. The Yamaha FZS600 Fazer was discontinued in 2004 due to Euro-2 emissions laws, which the bike failed to pass.
3. BMW R 1200 GS (6,451 bikes)
The BMW R 1200 GS is a dual sport motorcycle. It as a 1,170 cc (71 cu in), two-cylinder boxer engine with 4-valves per cylinder. This model is BMW’s top-selling Model by far!
4. YAMAHA YZF R125 (6,195 bikes)
With its radical bodywork and features like upside down front forks and an aluminium swinging arm – as well as a short-stroke liquid-cooled engine and ABS – the YZF-R125 is built to thrill.
5. HONDA CBR 600 F (5,422 bikes)
This is a sport touring motorcycle, part of the Honda CBR series. It was released in 2014 alongside its naked sibling, the CB650F.
6. YAMAHA YZF-R1 (5,311 bikes)
Packed with MotoGP YZR-M1 technology, a crossplane engine, short wheelbase chassis and high-tech electronics, the R1 is ready to connect to your body and take your riding to a new level.
7. YAMAHA XJR 1300 (4,585 bikes)
The XJR1300’s slim racer-style fuel tank and aluminium handlebars show off the aggressive large displacement air-cooled muscular engine.
8. HONDA VFR 800 F (4,340 bikes)
The VFR800F’s distinctive bodywork elegantly mixes sharp angles with soft curves to create a sport tourer silhouette like no other. It pays respect to VFR history with details like the evocative air-intake ducts on the fairing flanks.
9. BMW R 1200 RT (4,226 bikes)
The BMW R1200RT is a touring or sport touring motorcycle that was introduced in 2005 by BMW Motorrad to replace the R1150RT model. It features a 1,170 cc (71 cu in) flat-twin engine with a six-speed gearbox and shaft drive.
10. TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T 100 (825) (4,096 bikes)
The dedicated T100 chassis and suspension work together to provide a smooth ride, along with easy, neutral handling and sensitive incorporation of rider focused technology, with ABS, traction control and a torque-assist clutch to give that extra level of comfort and control.