Today’s figures indicate that this is the eleventh month in a row that the motorcycle industry has seen a rise in new registrations of 10.2% including scooters and mopeds. A massive 96,723 powered-two-wheelers (PTWs) being registered since January.

Naked bikes continue to be popular, with new registrations 32% up on the same time last year.

Touring bikes have increased 12.7%, with sales of larger bikes between 651cc and 1000cc up 18.8% and bikes over 1000cc up 13.8%.

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None of the specified motorcycle categories have shown a decrease, and here are the bikes ordered by largest increase:

  • Naked +32%
  • Touring +12.7%
  • Custom +11.5%
  • Trail/Enduro +8%
  • Adventure Sport +4.7%
  • Sport/Tour +2%
  • Supersport +2%

When ordered by number of registration for the year to November, the order changes somewhat:

  • Naked 17,203
  • Adventure Sport 12,090
  • Supersport 11,178
  • Custom 7054
  • Trail/Enduro 4254
  • Sport/Tour 3909
  • Touring 2617

Nearly a third of all new PTWs sold this year have been scooters with 29,614 have been registered since the beginning of January; likely to have been bought for commuter use.

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Motorcycle Live also saw a 10% increase in visitors. Numbers at the show are generally seen by manufacturers as a barometer of success for the coming year, so 2015 looks like being equally promising.

Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association is delighted with the news: “The more motorcycles on UK roads, the better. They save time and money, take up less space on the road and to park and small motorcycles meet ultra low emission requirements. The MICA is working with police and government to make sure roads get safer for motorcyclists, who can make a valuable contribution to keeping traffic moving on UK roads”.

 

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Tony Carter

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