UK bikes pass 50,000 mark for 2016

Bikes lined up on the streets of Daventry

Almost 52,000 motorbikes, scooters and mopeds have been sold in the UK in 2016.

The big hitters in that number are Nakeds and scooters, both of which have cleared 13,000 unit sales in 2016 with Adventure Sport bikes the next most popular bodystyle with more than 8,500 new registrations between January and May.

Improvement on 2015

Last year, sales of two wheelers didn’t pass the 50,000 mark until June with overall registration figures up 7.5 per cent compared to last year.

Nakeds continue to dominate

Naked bikes have been sitting pretty on top of monthly sales charts for a while now and the UK obsession with the fairing-less bikes doesn’t look like it’s about to stop.

In May, 3,663 nakeds were sold in the UK, up 7.5 per cent compared to May last year and enough to push year-to-date sales up to 13,709.

That’s thanks in part to the Triumph Thruxton 1200 R, which managed 185 sales on its own, making it the UK’s most popular bike in May 2016.

Scooters aren’t far behind

Scooters kept the pressure up on Nakeds last month with 2,940 sales, despite new registrations falling by 3.8 per cent when compared to May 2015.

Once again, it’s the Honda PCX 125 that leads the way in UK scooter sales with 143 units sold last month.

Other pluses for the industry

Custom bike sales experienced something of a revival last month after 1,069 new registrations, up 14.6 per cent when compared to May 2015 and up 16.7 per cent for the year-to-date with 4,379 sales from January to May 2016.

Sales of Trail and Enduro bikes are also on the up, with 2,684 year-to-date sales, up 15.9 per cent when compared to the same period in 2015.

Manufacturer and model sales

Honda remains the best selling manufacturer in the UK with 1,895 sales in May but its Japanese compatriot Yamaha was hot on its tail with 1,741 sales.

Triumph flew the flag for the UK in third place after shifting 1,100 new models.

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