Motorcycle sales grow again

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Sales of motorbikes in the UK have grown again by almost 14 per cent for the year-to-date when compared to the same period in 2014.

Once more it’s naked bikes that have helped push new registrations up with 3,107 units sold in April; an increase of 33.7 per cent on April 2014.

Adventure Sport models were the other big movers in the month after an increase of 27 per cent compared to April last year.

There was less good news for Sport Tourer and Touring models where sales were down by 12.7 per cent and 16.7 per cent respectively for the year-to-date.

The number of scooters registered in the month also dropped when compared to 2014 with 2,626 sales, 81 fewer than April of last year.

Engine band

Large capacity engine models have upped their game in 2015 with 651-1000cc unit sales, up by 26.3 per cent for the year-to-date.

However there has still been significant growth in the small to mid-size engine range as well.

51-125cc engines improved their April sales by 12.6 per cent while 126-650cc sales jumped by 15.2 per cent.

The models

The best selling models in the UK market unsurprisingly come from the Adventure Sport, Naked and Scooter motorcycle types.

Last month’s market-leader, the Yamaha MT-09 stays on top of the pile after 200 new registrations in April; 133 less than in March.

This time round, the MT-09 shares the top spot with the Honda PCX 125 which, after dropping out of the top two monthly bestsellers for the first time this year in March, secured 200 sales as well.

In third spot is the Honda CBF 125 M, which managed 199 new registrations for the month.

Once again, Honda sits on top of the pile for manufacturers with 1,890 new registrations for the month.

Yamaha remains in its near-permanent position of the second bestselling manufacturer with 1,526 while there’s good news for British manufacturers with Triumph in third.

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