New motorcycle registrations on the up
Recent figures show that November 2014 was the 11th month in a row that the industry has seen a rise in new registrations.
Nearly a third of all new powered two wheelers sold this year have been scooters and 29,614 have been registered since the beginning of January; likely to have been bought for commuter use.
Among motorcycles, the ‘naked’ style remains popular, with new registrations up 32 per cent on the same time last year.
Touring bikes too have increased 12 per cent, with sales of larger bikes between 651cc and 1000cc up 18.8 per cent and bikes over 1000cc up 13.8 per cent.
Attendance was up 10 per cent at the MCIA's flagship show, Motorcycle Live, which took place last month at the NEC. Motorcycle Live attendances are generally seen by manufacturers as a barometer of success for the coming year, so 2015 looks promising.
Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, is delighted with the news: "The more motorcycles on UK roads, the better. They save time and money, take up less space on the road to park and small motorcycles meet ultra low emission requirements. The MCIA is working with police and government to make sure roads get safer for motorcyclists, who can make a valuable contribution to keeping traffic moving on UK roads.”