December 04, 2011 19:00 ET

Santa Ditches Reindeer Sleigh for Festive Motorcycle This Christmas

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 4, 2011) - According to a recent survey by Swinton, the UK's leading bike insurance broker, if Santa was to ride a motorbike he'd most likely opt for a festive version of the classic Harley Davidson, the Holly Davidson.

Over 60 per cent of those surveyed said good old St Nick would be best suited to a Harley Davidson Fat Boy, closely followed by a Honda CB500.

It seems that the majority of Brits think Father Christmas would be suited to the classic vintage style motorbikes rather than the more modern 'boy racer' superbikes that are popular with riders today.

Just under a third questioned said they hope Santa would consider riding an environmentally friendly motorbike such as the ENV (Emission Neutral Vehicle) bike which uses hydrogen rather than petrol, as he clocks up considerable miles during his journey on Christmas Eve.

Over 10 per cent of customers surveyed said Santa's bike would most likely have a side car for passengers and also a trailer on tow to carry Christmas gifts.

According to the survey, the top bikes you'd most likely see Santa riding are:

  • Harley 'Holly' Davidson Fat Boy

  • Honda CB500

  • Yamaha TMax

  • BMW R1200R Roadster

  • Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

  • Honda GL1800 Goldwing - luggage capacity

  • BMW R1200GS adventure - So he can get to the children that live down the beaten track

Anthony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bikes said: "It's funny to think of Santa on a motorbike, but clearly it's something that our customers have thought about! We'd hope that Santa made sure his tyres were fit for the snowy conditions associated with the festive period and that he had the correct motorbike insurance, particularly if he plans on taking a side car with him on his travels."

For more information please contact Mairead Rodden or Lucy Gordon at SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or email firstname.surname@skvcommunications.co.uk.

About Swinton

  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer

  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community

  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance

  • With a dedicated team of sales executives on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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