Cheapest Countries in Europe To Buy a Motorcycle

If you are looking to buy a motorcycle, there is no better place than Europe to make that purchase. Motorcycles and scooters are the most popular in European countries. Local markets offer a wide range of brands, models, and prices you can choose from. Whether new or used, the European vehicle market will satisfy your needs.

Motorcycles are most prevalent in Germany, the UK, France, Spain, and Italy. These countries sell the majority of two-wheelers in Europe and have large markets to satisfy buyers’ needs. Therefore, you will find the best offer and price in one of these places. The average price of a new motorcycle (Yamaha MT-07) in Germany is €7,374.

All European counties have different trends and prices when it comes to vehicles, including motorcycles. Shopping for a used motorcycle will be more successful in competitive and developed markets such as Germany or France. While buying a new bike might be more cost-effective in high VAT countries like Denmark or Sweden.

If you are looking to get the best value for your money, read through the post and pick a country for your next bike purchase in Europe. Also read our article about the cheapest places in Europe to buy a car.

Cheapest European countries to purchase a motorcycle

If you buy a motorcycle in a foreign country, you will need to go through several official procedures and figure it all out in the foreign language. Yet, in the end, you might also benefit from a great deal you will be getting compared to your home country.

European vehicles are often cheaper because you will pay VAT or import taxes in your country and not the country where you are buying a motorcycle. Besides, some countries like Germany have large vehicle markets with constant trades. This gives you a great choice and favorable prices as a buyer.

Most European countries have export plates, so you can easily bring a vehicle where it needs to go. When you import the car back home, you pay VAT which is common in your country. Savings can be up to 30%.

If you are looking to save on taxes, some good countries to buy a motorcycle include Denmark, the Netherlands, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Finland, and in some cases, Belgium and France. Here is the example of VAT in some EU countries:

  • Denmark: 25%
  • Italy: 22%
  • Sweden: 25%
  • Poland: 23%
  • Netherlands: 21%
  • Finland: 24%

The net price of motorcycles and other vehicles is set lower, so buyers can afford it with the higher VAT rates. Therefore, you benefit from paying less when bringing a bike to your home country.

Besides VAT, motorcycle manufacturers set prices in some EU countries more favorably than in others. This contributes to the cost of living and wages in particular places. For instance, you shouldn’t look for a great deal in expensive countries like Switzerland, where that might be the case in Poland.

In addition to VAT, buyers in some EU states must pay other taxes, like it’s in Denmark, for example. To register a car there can cost as much as 180% of the initial price. That makes manufacturers set lower net prices, so residents can even afford to buy a vehicle.

Best country to buy a motorcycle in Europe

Germany is the best country in Europe to purchase a motorcycle due to its large market and proficiency in English. You can easily get a good deal since there are thousands of offers.

Read our detailed article about how to buy a motorcycle in Germany.

Motorcycle prices in Europe

Here are some typical prices for popular models in various EU countries, plus current trends in the motorcycle market.

Germany

In 2021, the average price for a used motorcycle in Germany was €7,367, which is 12.66% more than in 2019.

Prices for new motorcycles range between €5,000 and €15,000. But you will receive a warranty for the first few years, which makes purchasing a new vehicle worthwhile.

If you decide to buy a used motorcycle, make sure to go through the checklist of what to pay attention to.

The most popular motorcycles in the Germany market are BMW R 1250 GS, with 5,896 vehicles sold in 2022. Followed by Kawasaki Z900 (2,256) and the Yamaha MT-07 (1,683).

In the light motorcycle category, the most sold brands are:

  • Yamaha (2,508)
  • Honda (2,485)
  • Aprilia (1,938)
  • Brixton (1,669)
  • KTM (1,408)

Some typical prices for new motorcycles in German shops:

ModelPrice (€)
Yamaha MT-098.490
BMW R 120014.990
Honda PCX 1253.699
Honda MSX1254.099
Suzuki SV 650 ABS6.890
Husqvarna 1254.390
Kawasaki Z900 SE 11.750
Kawasaki Z650 RS8,345 
Yamaha XSR 1254,650
Yamaha MT-077.374
Yamaha XSR 90012.000
BMW C 400X6.774
BMW G 310R5.039

See used models on this website.

France

According to Statista, in 2018, the average price of a new motorcycle was about €4,500 in France. However, the heavier and more powerful, the more expensive it gets.

So motorcycles over 125cc cost €6,118 on average. Scooters, however, are very affordable and sell for about €1,500 on average.

Here are the average prices for bikes in France according to Statista:

Bike typePrice (€)
Heavy motorcycles over 125cc6,118
All two-wheelers4,460
Light motorcycles up to 125cc2,400
Scooters1,428

Prices for different types of motorcycles in France:

Type of motorcycleEntry level priceTop-level price
Road motorcycles
GT€15,000€20,000
Roadsters€1,500€3,900
Trial€2,000€10,000
Sport€5,500€13,600
Moto TT
Cross€3,200€6,700
Trial€2,000€6,000
Enduro€2,000€8,000
Supermoto€3,000€4,000
Moto custom
Custom motorcycle€3,500€10,000
Retro€10,000
Moto 125€3,000€13,000
Source: acheter-une-moto.ooreka.fr

Spain

In Spain, the national average price of a used heavy motorcycle is €6,080, which is an increase of 6.4% from the previous year. Besides, the average price in Madrid was €5,985, and €5,920 in Catalonia.

The cheapest place to buy a bike in Spain is Castilla y León. There you can get a decent motorcycle for €5,316.

In the first half of 2022, 99,905 motorcycles were sold in Spain. Honda is the preferred motorcycle brand among locals, followed by Yamaha.

On the other hand, in 2021, Spanish residents and visitors bought 186,763 motorcycles. Honda again in the first place with 35,132 bikes sold, the second is Yamaha with 25,970 sales. Other popular brands in Spain are Piaggio with 16,956 sold items and German BMW with 11,923.

Among other brands are Kymco, SYM, Kawasaki, and KTM.

In 2022, Honda was sold 34,126 times, Yamaha 30,880, and Japanese Suzuki – 16,143 bikes. At the moment, Yamaha T-Max 500 and Honda SH 125 are the most popular motorcycles in Spain.

Italy

In 2022, the prices for popular bikes range from Aprilia RS 125 for €5,640 to Honda NC75OX for €8,840 and Yamaha Tracer 9 for €1,550.

An impressive number of 173.197 motorcycles were sold in Italy in 2022. Among the market leaders are brands like Honda with 31,840 sales (-20.2%), Piaggio with 21,830 bikes sold, and Yamaha with 16,092.

Moreover, in 2021, the Italian motorcycles market was the fastest growing in Europe.

Among other popular motorcycle brands are:

  • Kymco, with 24,239 sales
  • BMW ranked 5th with the new all-time record of 16,225 sales (+20.1%)
  • Benelli with 12,655 sales (+55.8%)
  • SYM with 12,060
  • Ducati with 8,703
  • KTM with 8,274
  • Kawasaki with 5,240

The UK

Here are the average prices of the top best-selling motorcycles in the UK:

RankBrand and modelPrice
1.Lexmoto Echo£1,099.99
2.Honda CB125F£2,829
3.Honda PCX125£2,929
4.Royal Enfield Interceptor 650£5,499
5.Yamaha MT-07£6,349
6.Honda CBR650R£7,729
7.Kawasaki Z1000SX£10,299
8.BMW R 1250 RT£14,415
9.BMW R 1250 GS/GSA£13,415/£14,415
10.Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty-Eight£9,995
Source: MCIA

Austria

Despite being a small country, motorcycles are quite popular in Austria. Besides, the market is quite comprehensive with decent pricing.

Here are prices for popular motorcycles in 2022 (for new vehicles):

ModelPrice (€)
Aprilia RS 125 E55,390
Aprilia Tuono 125 E55,390
Beta Motorcycles Enduro 10,140
Beta Motorcycles Trial6,450
Yamaha XMAX 125 Tech5,499
Yamaha Tricity 3008,599
Suzuki V-STROM 6508,490
Kawasaki z6507,899
Kawasaki z1254,499
Kawasaki Ninja 6508,699
Source: ginzinger.at

Used motorcycles will be, of course, cheaper. You can expect to pay at least 30% less. Check out second-hand bikes in Austria on the largest marketplace.

Most sold bikes in different countries

Germany

ModelNumber of items
BMW R 1200 GS/Adventure7.223
BMW R 1250 GS6.583
Yamaha MT-09/Tracer3.601
Yamaha MT-073.142
BMW R nineT2.623
Kawasaki ER-6n/f2.590
Honda CB650R Neo Sports1.506

France

ModelNumber of items
Yamaha MT-074.763
Yamaha MT-09/Tracer4.431
BMW R 1200 GS/Adventure3.451
Kawasaki ER-6n/F3.257
Kawasaki Z 8003.069

Netherlands

ModelNumber of items
BMW R 1200 GS/Adventure614
Yamaha MT-09/Tracer508
Kawasaki Z 1000500
Suzuki V-Strom 650419
Yamaha MT-07335

Switzerland

ModelNumber of items
Yamaha MT-09/Tracer1.459
Yamaha MT-071.088
BMW R 1200 GS/Adventure734
Ducati Scrambler514
Kawasaki Z 800435

Austria

ModelNumber of items
Yamaha MT-07513
BMW R 1200 GS/Adventure463
Yamaha MT-09/Tracer392
Ducati Scrambler230
KTM 1290 Super Duke R222

Italy

ModelNumber of items
BMW R 1200 GS/Adventure5.228
Yamaha MT-09/Tracer3.687
Ducati Scrambler2.476
Honda NC 700/7502.292
Yamaha MT-071.943

Spain

ModelNumber of items
BMW R 1200 GS/Adventure2.240
Kawasaki Z 8002.228
Yamaha MT-071.639
Yamaha MT-09 Tracer1.072
Honda CB 500 F883

The UK

ModelNumber of items
BMW R 1200 GS/Adventure2.699
Yamaha MT-09/Tracer1.549
Yamaha MT-071.362
Kawasaki Z 1000 SX1.025
Ducati Scrambler1.015

How popular are motorcycles in European countries?

Motorcycles are most popular in the five largest European markets, which are France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK. In 2022, there was a 14.6% increase in sales across all these countries compared to 2021.

The major growth has been seen in the UK (+56.4%), Germany (+30.4%), Spain (+16.3%), and France (+2.3%). That also means that motorcycles are becoming more popular in these countries.

Besides motorcycles, the interest in mopeds is also growing.

Total number of sold motorcycles across the EU

CountryYear
Austria24.838
Belgium21.557
Croatia1.511
Czech republic13.418
Danemark2.417
Estonia489
Finland3.157
France153.239
Germany200.200
Greece32.434
Hungary1.808
Ireland1.020
Italy171.952
Latvia595
Lithuania294
Luxembourg1.654
Netherlands11.687
Poland23.864
Portugal17.611
Romania648
Slovenia1.855
Spain132.532
Sweden9.419
UK105.358
Total885.018

According to these numbers, you can judge which country is more affordable to buy a bike. Logically, the more vehicles are sold, the more affordable it is.

Nicholas

Anna is an enthusiastic expatriate with experience of living in Germany, Austria and Greece. She shares her passion for living abroad on this website.

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