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Record bike figures for Festival of Motorcycling


The Festival of Motorcycling brought a record-breaking number of bikes to the Isle of Man for its two-week period, official figures from the Steam Packet have shown.


The revamped festival incorporated the 90th anniversary Manx Grand Prix, Classic TT, Festival of Jurby, parades and two trials events.


Figures show the Packet carried 3,324 motorcycles, the highest number on record for this period and fifteen per cent up on last year.


The Packet says it's thought many machines may have been transported in vans, meaning the number of motorcycles actually carried may have been even higher.


Total passenger numbers increased by four per cent to 28,360 – the highest number for five years – and the number of cars and vans carried was also at a five-year high of 5,547, up just over one per cent on 2012.

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