Huge fall in bike sales confirmed

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Published on 11 May 2020 by Mike Waters

A major fall in bike sales and registrations last month has been confirmed by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), with total sales down by a grim 83.5% year-on-year. 

With extensive lockdown arrangements in place across the country restricting non-essential travel, widespread economic upheaval deterring consumers from making big-ticket purchases and many dealership staff furloughed due to the COVID-19 epidemic, sales have suffered in every category of powered two-wheeler.  

While the MCIA previously forecast a major fall in sales that it said would be “entirely due to the Coronavirus epidemic”, new statistics have demonstrated the scale of the problem. Total motorcycle sales dropped by 83.9% year-on-year to 1,467 machines, while total moped/scooter sales dropped by 76.7% to 142 machines 

Some categories saw such serious decline, they were in danger of being wiped out entirely. Touring machines saw a near-total 96.3% drop in sales and registrations and just seven machines were sold in the entire country last month.   

Taken as a whole, total sales in the UK last month amounted to just 1,623 machines of all kinds. The same period last year saw 9,820 sales.  

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