Motorcycle sales clear 100,000 ahead of 2015

Bikers lined up on the promenade at Southend

Motorcycle sales have cleared 100,000 units in October for the first time.

According to stats form the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), 101,832 new registrations have been recorded for the year-to-date.

In 2015 it took until December for sales of new bikes to clear 100,000.

It’s the first time that new registrations have made it into six figures in October since the MCIA started publishing new registrations in 2010.

2,265 scooter sales, along with 2,254 Naked bike sales, forced October sales up to 7,745, enough for YTD details to clear the 100,000 mark.

Adventure Sport bikes also fared well in October, with 1,005 new registrations while sales of Trail/Enduro and Touring bikes also grew compared to the same month in 2015 by 11.1 and 8.5 per cent respectively.

Engine size matters

Sales of 51-125cc bikes continue to dominate, with 4,008 new registrations in October pushing total sales for the YTD up to 41,226.

0-50cc two wheelers are the least popular engine size in the UK with 7,509 unit sales for the YTD, down 7.7 per cent compared to the same period in 2015.

Sales of 126-650cc bikes improved most significantly compared to last year, growing by 13 per cent to fall just below 17,000 new registrations for the YTD.

Manufacturer monopoly

Honda and Yamaha continued their stranglehold on the top two positions within the manufacturer charts, but behind them it gets more interesting.

Lexmoto has continued its solid work throughout 2016 and sits in third place, around 600 sales shy of Yamaha in second but around 160 units ahead of Triumph in fourth.

KTM rounds out the top five with 421 unit sales, squeezing Harley-Davidson (with 414 sales) into sixth spot.

The bestselling models

Honda can lay claim to the two-bestselling two wheelers in the UK, in the form of the PCX 125 and CB 125 F, which achieved 269 and 239 unit sales in October respectively – confirming the dominance of 125s in the UK.