14 consecutive months of growth for motorbikes

Yamaha MT-09

UK motorbike sales have grown for the 14th consecutive month with almost 4,000 units shifted in February.

In total, there were 3,939 new registrations in the second month of the year, up 11.7 per cent when compared to February 2014.

And the increase in sales for the month have had a knock-on effect on sales for the year-to-date with 8,967 units sold this year, up 11.5 per cent for the year-to-date when compared to last year.

Leading models

The figures were revealed by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) with an increase in demand for 651-1000cc models one of the major reasons for the rise in sales.

In February, 630 large capacity models were sold, up 59.1 per cent when compared to the same month last year. And for the year-to-date, 651-1000cc models are up by 34.6 per cent.

51-125cc models remain the most popular models in the UK with 1,883 units sales in February, helping the year-to-date figure hit 3,970 over two months.

The big faller in terms of engine band was the 0-50cc one, with 450 new registrations in February, down 20.6 per cent when compared to the same month in 2014.

That means 0-50cc model sales for the year-to-date have fallen by more than 14 per cent.

Business as usual for manufacturers

In terms of manufacturers it’s generally business as usual with Honda and Yamaha leading the way.

Honda sold 732 units in February, more than 200 ahead of its nearest rival Yamaha.

BMW sold the third most units in the month, with just 247 new registrations, almost 500 behind the leading Japanese manufacturer.

One interesting addition to the top ten manufacturers list is Sym, creeping in to tenth place with 109 unit sales.

Unsurprisingly, Honda leads the way for the bestselling models too, with the PCX 125 and NSC 110 WH scooters both securing 92 unit sales for the month. The PCX is an almost ever-present at the top of the bestselling model list.

Yamaha is next best with 77 and 69 sales of the MT125 and MT-09 Tracer respectively.

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