Touring bike paint could cost a motorcyclist up to the equivalent of a home insurance policy for a year, according to a report.
The survey of 1,000 British riders by motorcycle company RideSafe was carried out between November 2015 and March 2016.
It found that a rider wearing a motorcycle protective jacket would pay between £3,000 and £5,000 for a single year, while a rider using a touring helmet would pay £8,000.
However, the most expensive motorcycle paint would cost between £10 and £20 per bike, while most would cost less than £2.
It’s a bit of a bummer, especially for the ones that aren’t wearing helmets, the report said.
RideSafe said it wanted to highlight the issue of pollution, safety and the health risks associated with cycling.
“The average helmet cost for the UK in 2016 was £1,542, which was more than twice the average cost of paint for cars,” a spokesperson said.
“That’s a lot of money to invest into protecting your face, but a lot less than the cost of a helmet, which is often in the thousands of pounds.”
The survey found that riders in the northern and southern regions of the UK were least likely to have access to affordable paint, while riders in London were the most likely to buy the paint.
There are many other factors that affect the purchasing of motorcycle paint, such as the cost, colour and style.