More commuters on motorcycles as 101-125cc sales hit 30-year high in 2015

commuter with helmet

Published on 12 January 2016 by Gill

More ‘commuter sized’ motorcycles and scooters were sold during 2015 than for any other year since comparative records began in 1983.

The Motorcycle Industry Association, which collates new registration data for the industry, also reports that total registrations for bikes of all sizes were more than 12% up on 2014.

During 2015 more than 43,700 new motorcycles (including scooters) between 101-125cc were sold. This sized motorcycle is very popular for commuting and also includes the scooter style.

Total registrations for 2015 for all sized motorcycles and mopeds will exceed 114,000, which is the highest annual total since 2008.

Honda PCX 125

The Honda PCX 125 was the most-sold bike in 2015

Steve Kenward, CEO of the MCIA, says news about sales of new motorcycles between 101-125cc is consistent with anecdotal evidence that commuting via motorcycle is becoming more popular:

“We’re seeing an increase in sales of new motorcycles of all sizes, but our records show that we’ve never seen as many bikes of this size sold before.  We think it is likely that they are being used for commuting, as they are economical to run and easy to park.

“Motorcycle dealers have been reporting an increase in families swapping a second car for a motorcycle, to beat the misery of sitting in traffic during rush hour.  Motorcycles and scooters can filter through slow moving traffic and are tremendous fun, with riders tending to rate their commute more enjoyable than other transport users”

BMF Public Relations Executive Graeme Hay comments: “We at the BMF have been watching with cautious optimism as the sale of new motorcycles has risen steadily over the past couple of years. 

“This news from the industry justifies our feeling that more and more people are again realizing that a scooter or small motorcycle is a clean and cheap way to get about in our congested towns and cities. 

“Sales of all types of motorcycle are up at 114,000, a number not seen since 2008, but it is the 101 to 125cc figure which shows the strongest growth with 43,700 new 101 to 125cc bikes joining the fleet. This must be good news for motorcycling and for Britain’s car-choked cities.”