Sales increase again as motorcycle industry enjoys positive start to 2016

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Published on 8 February 2016 by Tom Wadlow

The motorcycle industry is showing promising early form this year with new registrations in January significantly up on 2015.

According to figures released by the MCIA, January sales of new motorbikes, mopeds and scooters increased by 14.2% - this translates as 5,789 models registered versus 5,068 in this time last year.

Moped sales continue to struggle, down 8% in January on 2015, however, all other categories are showing signs of growth.

The most prolific increases are as follows:

  • Sport/tour – up 30.8%
  • Scooter – up 27.2%
  • Custom – up 26.7%
  • Adventure sport – up 21.9%

In terms of engine bands, only 0-50cc (down 8.5%) struggled. Both 51-125cc and 651-1000cc saw growth of more than 20% in January 2016 compared to January 2015. The top-selling model once again was the Honda PCX 125 (132 sales), the manufacturer selling 1,096 motorbikes in total in January, comfortably ahead of Lexmoto (624) which was the second-highest selling brand.

For a full breakdown of January 2016 sales statistics, please click here