The latest figures from our friends at the Motorcycle Industry Association show that new bike sales are up year-on-year again, with nakeds topping the sales, thanks no doubt to machines like the Yamaha MT-09 and MT-07.
Overall UK registrations are up 12.3%, with the biggest increase (23.2%) seen in the 651-1000cc engine capacity. The only sector to drop was 0-50cc, which saw sales of 3953 in May 2014, down from 4084 in May 2013.
The largest sales are still seen in the 51-125cc class, with 14,535 sales in May 2014, up 10.0%. 126cc-650cc increased 6.0%, and bikes over 1000cc were up by 18.6%.
The number of bikers passing their test in 2008/09 was a whopping 70,000. This plummeted to just 32,000 in 2009/10, then has slowly climbed to 45,000 for 2012/13.
In 2009 3.2 billion miles were travelled by bike, but that dropped to 2.8 billion by 2012.
Touring bikes saw an increase of 26.4% in May 2014 (but are still the slowest sellers, just before sport-tourers), while nakeds shot up by 34.4% and have taken over from Adventure Sports (up 8.2%) and scooters (up 8.7%) as the best-selling powered two wheelers with 9722 registrations.
Trail/Enduro bikes are outstripping sales of touring machines, and increased 4.1%, while the supersport market is up 3.0%, selling more bikes than tourers and sports-tourers put together:
New registrations for May 2014 are as follows:
Adventure Sport: 6051