NMDA announces strong gains for bike sales

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Published on 17 May 2019 by Mike Waters

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Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

The National Motorcycle Dealers’ Association (NMDA) has confirmed that bike sales saw strong gains last month in a promising sign for the industry.

The 36,951 registrations thus far this year are significantly above what was achieved in the same period of 2018, with an additional 3,188 machines sold – “7.3% ahead of the same period last year and up 9.4% year-to-date", as the National Motorcycle Dealers Association's Stephen Latham noted.

The best news came in the 50cc moped category, where registrations were up a spectacular 64.2% on the same month last year, and it is hoped that this reflects new bikers taking up life on two wheels. The naked bike category also did well, with a 10% increase on last April’s figure to reach a new total of 3,183 registrations.

The leading manufacturer was Honda again with 1,679 registrations, followed by Yamaha (1,074) and BMW (811).

Mr Latham also said: “Dealers have reported a buoyant first quarter and are optimistic that the strong motorcycle market trend is here to stay. While there is some concern about additional business costs related to upgrading facilities revising corporate identity, we look forward to seeing what the second quarter brings.”

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