The Scoop: BikerMatch launched in 2006 as one of the U.K.’s first biker dating sites, and it has grown largely through word of mouth in the biker community. Today, the niche website has more than 100,000 members and sees about 2 million page views per month. It’s free to join BikerMatch and explore this authentic, flirtatious, and edgy world in search of new friendships and relationships.
A British developer named Matt was running a general biker chat room in 2003 when he noticed a lot of users were more interested in dating than chatting. Bikers share many common interests, and that can be a good foundation for a romantic relationship or marriage. The only problem was that not every member of BikeChat.net was single and looking for a riding partner.
A member suggested that Matt set up a separate dating site where single bikers could meet one another more easily. And that’s exactly what he did.
After years of tweaking and testing, Matt officially launched BikerMatch in July 2006. This niche dating site became Matt’s passion project, and he put a lot of effort into making it a success.
“I took a big gamble and threw every penny I could scrape together into small adverts,” Matt said. “Now 14 years later, we have 100,000 members and counting.”
BikerMatch has opened a separate lane in the online dating industry and made a name for itself as one of the top dating websites for bikers in the U.K. The website can offer its members the opportunity to socialize by browsing discussion forums, local event listings, and biker profiles.
Bikers of all ages can mingle on BikerMatch and cruise into their next dating adventure without running into any speed bumps or detours.
A Unique Social Space With 100,000 Members in the U.K.
BikerMatch is a combination of a dating site and a biker club. Its main purpose is to bring motorcyclists together, and it’s up to them to decide where to take those new relationships. Whether they’re looking for a new riding crew or a new romantic partner, members can start their journey with a free membership.
It’s free to join BikerMatch; however, paid members can get extra perks that can facilitate online connections. Paid members can send more daily messages and post more photos to their profiles — and they also have the pleasure of supporting this niche network.
Matt and his team do not take a salary for their work on BikerMatch, so all membership fees go into the website and its community events.
During a typical year, BikerMatch lists over 6,000 events on its biker calendar. These events range from local bar meetups to large motorcycle rallies. Of course, during the coronavirus pandemic, BikerMatch members haven’t been able to get together in person as often as they have in the past, but they remain active on the website and have plans to reunite when it’s safe.
BikerMatch members send over 31,000 messages per month, and over 100 new members join the site each day. The bulk of users are between 25 and 55 years old. Only residents of the U.K. are permitted to join the social network, and moderators check every dating profile to ensure they’re authentic bikers.
“Once you join the site, you need to create a profile to tell others a little about yourself,” Matt said. “As soon as you’ve added a photo, the rest of the site will be open for use.”
Singles can search for compatible matches on BikerMatch by gender, age, location, and other criteria, or they can scroll through the Notifications & Activity page to get to know the members in their neighborhood. It’s free to send messages on the site, though BikerMatch puts a cap on the number of messages a free member can send per day.
Anyone caught sending inappropriate or spam messages will be removed from the dating site immediately.
BikerMatch was created by bikers for bikers, and it provides a variety of opportunities to network in person and online. Its chat room and events calendar are open to any adult biker seeking a fresh start in the U.K. dating scene.
Dedicated to Helping the Community Thrive
Matt has been in the biker community for decades, so he understands the big personalities and big hearts involved in the biker dating scene. He runs BikerMatch alongside a small team of moderators, event organizers, and other volunteers.
BikerMatch is a passion project for these dedicated members. They spend their free time checking dating profiles, monitoring the site, and organizing biker rallies and events to ensure the online biker community continues to grow and prosper.
“We’re a friendly bunch of like-minded individuals,” Matt said. “The site makes no profit. We all do it just for the community. Any profits are reinvested back into events or bringing in new members.”
Throughout the years, BikerMatch has inspired conversations and laughter through its online forums and offline events, which include ride outs, barbecues, camping weekends, and biker rallies. The event organizers had to put the breaks on its in-person activities during the coronavirus pandemic, but they look forward to the day when it’s safe to bring everyone back together in person.
BikerMatch has fostered a social atmosphere where single people can share their interests and forge new relationships. Matt said he has heard about many engagements, marriages, and babies born thanks to the dating site.
“Even after 14 years, these emails always make me smile when I think of the butterfly effect and that none of this would be possible if I hadn’t started the site,” he said.
The site has published dozens of testimonials from people who fell in love, made new friends, or grew their families thanks to BikerMatch.
For the last six years, BikerMatch has hosted the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid) biker rally every year as a thank-you to its most outgoing and zealous members. In 2014, one couple chose to tie the knot at the K.I.S.S. rally, and it was a memorably wacky celebration.
The groom dressed as the Mad Hatter, and the bride dressed as the Queen of Hearts, and they rocked out to heavy metal music surrounded by hundreds of their closest biker friends.
BikerMatch Can Pave the Road to Romance
BikerMatch is an independently owned and operated dating site dedicated to supporting the U.K. biker community. Its members come to the site looking for excitement and entertainment, and they stick around because of the feeling of solidarity that ties everyone together.
Even during a pandemic, BikerMatch can put its members on a fast track to new connections and potential romances. The site’s chat rooms have facilitated a lot of social activity over the last 14 years, and Matt told us he intends to keep that momentum going for as long as possible.
“Our goal is to bring people together, but COVID requires people to stay away from each other,” he said. “When everything clears up, I’d like to have a really big 100,000th member celebration party. For now, I’ll keep working at my day job, and our members will have to continue meeting each other online.”