We’re going motorcycle mad.
Motor cycle registrations grew at a faster rate than any other type of vehicle over the past five years, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Registrations were up 31.2% from 567,569 to 744,732 from the 2008 census to 2013.
Western Australia experienced the biggest rise with registrations up 47.8%, followed by Tasmania on 42%.
In the past year, bike registrations around the country rose 5% which is just under the annual growth rate of 5.8% from 2008-13.
By comparison, passenger vehicles rose an average of 2% in the past five years, campervans 4% and light rigid trucks 4.6%.
NSW continues to have the highest number of registered bikes with about 200,000-, followed by Queensland (about 170k), Victoria (165k), WA (120k), SA (50k), Tas (15k), ACT (10k), NT (5k).
ABS director of transport statistics Sybille McKeown says there are now about three-quarters of a million motorcycles on the road and 13 million cars.
“Once you add in trucks, campervans, buses and so on, there are over 17 million registered motor vehicles in Australia; up nearly three per cent since last year.” she says.