6 motorbike trends emerging in 2015
More motorcycles for sale, more customers in showrooms; it has been a positive year so far for the UK motorcycle industry, with registration figures up significantly on this time in 2014.
The MCIA has released its latest set of motorcycle figures up to the end of May 2015, revealing what motorbikes and scooters are selling, what aren’t, and where the market is in relation to this time 12 months ago.
We have identified six motorcycle trends which stand out from the first half of this year. These are:
- The Honda PCX 125 looks like it will claim the title of most-sold bike of 2015. The new scooter released by Honda has recorded 942 new registrations, nearly 150 ahead of the second best-selling model, the Yamaha MT-09 TRACER.
- Mopeds may be becoming less popular. It’s not all good news, as moped sales in the first five months of 2015 are down 11.1% on 2014, with May seeing a 14.4% drop.
- Mid-range engine bands are seeing the strongest growth. Bands 51-125cc (sales up 13.7% vs. January to May 2014), 126-650cc (up 17.3%) and 651-1000cc (up 23.2%) are all performing strongly.
- Are touring bikes on the decline? Sales of new bikes in the touring and sport/tour category are down 18.6% when compared to last year.
- However, bikes under the ‘adventure sport’ category are seeing somewhat of a resurgence. More than 7,000 new registrations in the first five months of 2015 compares to just 6,000 during the same period in 2014.
- The used sales market is also showing signs of doing well. High levels of showroom traffic is being reported and 60% of dealers are reporting that sales are up versus last year. The supply of second bikes to sell is also steadying out according to the MCIA.
The number of applicants for motorcycle tests is also increasing through 2015, another sign that the industry is on the up. Will these trends change as the year progresses?