"The biggest popularity for motorcycles age-wise is probably 32 to 45; that's where the bulk of motorcyclists are these days," Mr Stone commented.
"When it comes to motorcycles, the insurance a youngster is paying in his early twenties is probably more than his bike's worth. £1500 a year is not unusual for insurance," he added.
"Lads now will have a scooter to get around in to get to college or wherever, and as soon as they're old enough and can afford it they'll get a Citroen Saxo or a Peugeot 106 or a Vauxhall Nova. That's what they aim for."
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