November 10th 2004.

Insurer ChoiceQuote has announced the results of its latest customer survey. The figures, which provide a snapshot of the market, show that sales of new scooters have decreased by 50 per cent over the past two years and, likewise, the number of riders aged between 16 and 20 has fallen by a similar amount.

On the other hand, the over-35 age group has increased its share by 75 per cent. The report finds that most motorcycles on the road are worth between £1,000 and £3,000, while there are fewer which cost less than £1,000 and a greater proportion of over-£3,000 machines.

ChoiceQuote's examination of the social profile of riders shows that the number of married riders has halved while the number of single riders has doubled. The company claims there has been no change in the proportion of female riders (which remains at one in ten, most of whom are single).

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Pictured: Bar graph shows how scooter manufacturers are facing tough times