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Top 10 Motorcycles Destined For Extinction by 2030

These are the Ones That Won't Last

Fashion trends and tighter emissions controls will inevitably force some motorcycle models to disappear from the showrooms.
Estimating when that will happen is difficult.

But British motorbike insurer Bikesure has analysed UK Department for Transport data to determine the extinction date for every model on the local market.

While it doesn’t consider the pressure of European emissions controls which could terminate some models even sooner, it basically looks at the rate of sales from 2010 to 2020 and calculated the current average change per quarter.

Bikesure business manager Robert Balls says the estimated change data was then applied for the next decade to produce a list of estimated model expiring dates.

yamaha R6

Some of the most popular motorcycles which feature in the list include Yamaha R6, Kawasaki ZX600, Honda CBR900, Peugeot Speedfight, Piaggio Zip, among many other rider favourites.

“While these bikes were popular in their time, in many cases it was probably due to their affordability and reliability as first-time bikes rather than because of their style,” Robert says.

“Many will think fondly of the bikes on this list, but unless that reaches beyond nostalgia, these bikes will continue to become an increasingly rare sight. Whatever you choose to ride, we will continue to offer bespoke policies that keep your wheels on the road.”

Here’s a list of the top 10 motorcycles and scooters that are destined for extinction by 2030, followed by the number of vehicles on British roads at the start of this year and the quarter of their expected extinction:

Vehicles on road
Extinction date
Yamaha YBR125
Q3 2029
Suzuki GSF 600
Q4 2029
Kawasaki ZX600
Q2 2028
Piaggio Vespa LX
Q3 2027
Peugeot Speedfight
Q4 2026
Honda CBR900
Q3 2029
Honda CG125
Q3 2029
Piaggio Zip
Q4 2024
Kawasaki ZX900
Q3 2029
Yamaha R6
Q2 2027

Other motorcycles which could, sadly, no longer be seen on British roads by 2030 include:

  • Yamaha XC 125
  • BMW K1200
  • BMW R1100
  • Yamaha WR 125
  • Honda XL125
  • Honda VTR1000
  • Piaggio Fly
  • Honda NT650
  • Yamaha NXC 125
  • Honda ST1100
  • Qingqi QM125
  • Kawasaki ER500
  • Honda FES125
  • Suzuki GSX 750
  • Gilera Runner
  • Honda PES125
  • Aprilia SR
  • Suzuki GZ 125
  • Piaggio Vespa ET4
  • Yamaha YZF 600