Motorbike sales highest on record

December bike sales on the up

December 2016 was the most successful December for new motorcycle sales according to stats released by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA).

10,990 new motorbikes were registered in the month, more than double the number for the same period in 2015.

That’s partly down to the continued rise in popularity of naked bikes over the past few years and this year is no different with nakeds up 18.3% on 2015.

Custom motorbikes are also on the up with 1,078 new registrations in December 2016, compared to just 306 the December before.

The same can’t be said for Sports Tourers which are the only style to see an overall decrease from the same period last year.

Small capacity engines dominate

51-125cc engines outperformed other engine sizes with December sales up 3,721 on the year before.

Small capacity engines were also the most popular for the year as a whole, with 51-125cc engines making up over a third of all bike sales in the UK in 2016.

Mid-range bikes are, however, showing signs of increasing demand, with the 126-650cc band seeing the largest percentage increase in sales over the past year.

Bestsellers in December

If you bought a Keeway SUPERLIGHT in December then you’re not alone. The model was the top selling two wheeler of the month with 261 sold, followed by the Hyosung GT 125 RC COMET with 233.

Lexmoto was the best-selling manufacturer in December with 1,620 new models registered. Honda takes second position with 1,070, with Yamaha in third after shifting 574 bikes.

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