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The over-50s are taking up motorcycling like never before. Saffron Alexander speaks to some older bikers and finds out it's no longer a man's hobby.

It's official, the days of retirement being synonymous with reclining on a sun lounger on a cruise ship are over. Cruises are out and motorcycles are in.

Saga, the insurance company that specialises in products and services for the over-50s, recently acquired Bennetts, the UK's leading motorbike insurance specialist, after it noticed a surge in beginner motorcyclists within their target audience.

Research from the Centre of Economic and Business Research found that between 2008 and 2014, the money spent on motorcycles by the over-50s grew by an average of 41 per cent, compared to just 4 per cent for those under 50. In 2014, the over-50s spent £340 million on motorcycles, almost a third of the country's total motorcycle spending.

From April 2014 to March 2015, the Department for Transport reported that the over-50s made up for almost 10 per cent of those who passed their practical test. Of the 3,500 over-50s who passed their test, 92.3 per cent were male.

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Photo taken @ New Orleans on 20 May 2017 (© Neil. Moralee / Flickr)

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