Febiac: ‘Motorcycles regained popularity in 2023’

Last year, Belgium registered 25 359 new motorcycles, 2,7% more than the previous year. According to the car and two-wheeler federation Febiac, motorcycles are increasingly popular, so registrations and the number of driving licenses issued are growing.

For a long time, motorcycles were mainly seen as recreational vehicles. However, today, they’re increasingly popular among commuters. More and more people opt for motorized two-wheelers because they save time in traffic jams, are easy to park, and are user-friendly.

Growing number of motorcycles

Consequently, the total number of registered motorcycles in our country increases year after year: by the end of 2023, Belgium had 538 536 registered motorcycles, a 2,9% growth compared to 2022. Today, their share in the total Belgian vehicle fleet is 6,6% – slightly more than in 2022, when it was 6,5%.

With a market share of 24% in 2023 (compared to 27,5% in 2022), motorcycles and scooters up to 125 cc are still the market leaders. However, their market share is gradually decreasing in favor of heavier engines.

Honda and BMW

Honda and BMW are the most popular brands, and in the ranking of the most popular models of the past year, the BMW R 1250 GS is the most registered new model by Belgian motorcyclists in 2023. Gasoline engines dominate, with a market share of 97,1% in 2023.

The number of driving licenses A1 (older than 18, max 125 cc, and 15 hp), A2 (older than 20, and max 47 hp), and A (older than 24, and more than 47 hp) issued is also increasing.

More licenses issued

In the past ten years, the number of A1 driving licenses issued has never been as high as in 2022 (latest available figures), with 10 999 driving licenses issued (compared to an average of 8,368 since 2013).

The number of A2 driving licenses issued also reached a record in 2022: 10 773 units compared to a 10-year average of 8 345. A similar trend is visible for A driving licences, with 10 008  units in 2022, compared to a ten-year average of 8 183 units.

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