Starting a Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Business

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: May 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • Trading and legal issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Motorcycle maintenance and repair services carry out routine servicing and repairs on private and commercially used motorcycles, including scooters and mopeds. Trade customers include motorcycle training schools and hire services, courier services, the police, the NHS and other public sector organisations.

Typical services include mechanical and electrical fault diagnosis and repair, wheel replacement, parts replacement, accident repair, MOT testing, general servicing and winter vehicle checks. Some repair services also provide modification, tuning and other customisation work or specialise in particular types or models of vehicle.

The UK motorcycle service, maintenance and repair (SMR) market was estimated as being worth around £270 million in 2014. There are around 1.47 million motorcycles in use in England, Wales and Scotland. Around 107,000 new motorcycles were registered by the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) in the UK during 2014, compared to almost 92,000 during 2013, indicating that the industry is returning to growth after stalling during the economic downturn.

Some repair services supply a range of protective clothing and other motorcycle accessories. These activities are covered separately in MBP 313, Motorcycle Accessories Shop.

This profile provides information about starting up and running an independent motorcycle maintenance and repair service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends, and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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