Motorcycle sales fall compared to previous year

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January Motorcycle sales fell for the first time since 2013 last month according to statistics from the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA).

It marks a poor start to the year after January sales experienced year-on-year growth for each of the last four years.

Total registrations for January 2017 came to 4,884, 15.6 per cent less than the 5,789 new bikes registered in January 2016.

This drop follows a continued rise in motorcycle popularity over the last year, where 2016 saw 13,523 more bikes sold than the previous year, making it the biggest annual motorcycle sales figure of the last five years.

Style stakes

Sales have decreased for all styles except Trail & Enduro bikes, which rose slightly from 500 units sold in January 2016 to 514 in January this year.

Naked motorbikes continue to be the most popular style of bikes in the UK but they too experienced a drop in sales compared to last January with 1,211 bikes sold, three per cent less than last January.

One feather in the cap for nakeds was the fact that their drop in sales was the smallest of any bike type.

Scooters on the other hand have nose-dived after a successful 2016. Although remaining the second bestselling style last month, the total number sold was 27.7 per cent less than the same period last year.

Engine size stable

Almost all engine bands have experienced a decline in sales over the past month but the standings have stayed the same as last January’s.

51-125cc engines dominate with 1,877 motorbikes sold, despite seeing a 26.2 per cent decrease compared to the previous year.

Sales of 0-50cc motorcycles dropped by 23.6 per cent to 404 unit sales, cementing their position as the least popular engine size.

January’s bestsellers

Honda takes all three top spots for the bestselling models with the CB 125 F (109 units sold), PCX 125 (108 units sold) and CBR 125 R (72 units sold).

This helps place them as the bestselling motorcycle manufacturer of the month with a total of 1,054 units shifted.

Lexmoto sold consistently well in 2016 but was the 10th bestselling manufacturer of January 2017, a steep drop from ranking second for the same period last year.

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