Nakeds and Adventure Sports drive market growth

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An increase in the sale of Naked and Adventure Sport bikes has driven market growth in the UK motorcycle industry.

Naked models sold more than 3,400 units in May, pushing year-to-date sales to almost 13,000, up 32.2 per cent when compared to them same period in 2014.

That’s enough to make nakeds, including the likes of the Yamaha MT-07, the most popular type of bike in the UK this year.

Adventure Sport models have followed a similar rate of growth with sales up by 22.1 per cent when compared to the same point in 2014.

The growth in new registrations for Scooters is less remarkable however it remains the second most popular type of motorbike in the UK in 2015 with just over 9,000 registrations in total.

There was less good news for Touring and Sport/Tourer models that both saw a drop in registrations of 24.9 per cent and 16.8 per cent respectively.

Engine bands

51-125cc motorcycles continue to be the market leaders in the UK with a further 4,296 sold in May 2015, pushing total year-to-date registrations up to 16,250 and an increase of 13.7 per cent when compared to 2014.

651-1000cc models are the other big improvers with an increase in sales by 23.2 per cent in 2015 to date.

The leading brands

Honda has once again maintained its stranglehold on the UK market, securing both the bestselling manufacturer and model card thanks to the PCX 125 scooter.

Yamaha remains in perennial second, some 184 new registrations behind Honda but 864 sales ahead of British manufacturer Triumph in third place.

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