UK motorcycling set for strong 2015 as bike sales and test bookings rise

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Published on 29 May 2015 by Gill

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Increasing numbers of riders taking module 1 and 2 tests combined with a strong growth in motorcycle sales are pointing towards a positive year for the UK industry.

The number of people in the country taking practical riding tests is set to rise to its highest level since 2012-13, according to motorcycle insurance broker Bikesure, while monthly sales in 2015 have consistently come in at more than 11% higher compared to the start of 2014.

Key figures at a glance include:

  • 5,022 more module one tests and 5,079 more module two tests have been taken in the first three quarters of 2014-15 vs. 2013-14, each quarter up between 10% and 17%.
  • 36,199 PTW year-to-date registrations, an 11.5% year-on-year increase
  • Moped sales down 10% vs. last year
  • 651-1000cc bikes the most registered in 2015 to date, up by 26% on last year

Rob from BMF partner Bikesure, said: “The data shows the number of riders taking tests in the first nine months of this financial year is only just short of the total number for the whole of 2013-14.

“So looking ahead, it’s very likely the next set of DVSA statistics will show the number of riders taking tests across the UK is at its highest level for two years. We’ll have to wait to see what the official figures say in June, but it looks like it was a great year for the motorcycle industry.”

The proportion of people passing is also looking healthier, with this reflected in growing motorcycle sales figures. Figures released by the MCIA showed that registrations of powered two-wheelers rose by exactly 11% in April 2015, to 10,950 machines. 

The year-to-date total is 36,199 machines, an increase of 11.5%, though moped sales continue to struggle, down by around 10% compared to this time last year.

According to feedback gathered by the MCIA across the UK, there continued to be strong consumer demand for second-hand powered two-wheelers alongside new machines, with showrooms reporting high conversion rates among prospective buyers visiting their outlets.

More information on motorcycle test pass rates can be found at Bikesure while in-depth sales figures can be accessed via the MCIA