Upswing in September motorcycle sales

BMF News 12 10 19

Published on 12 October 2018 by Charlie Bliss

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Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

UK motorcycle sales were up 2.2 per cent in September with 12,493 bikes sold in total.

The positive results marked an encouraging plate change month which saw 34 per cent more units sold than the average figures for 2018.

Sales performance was strong across the sector, but the naked bikes range was particularly lucrative, seeing a 19.2% rise throughout September to become the largest sector in the UK market. Most gains were made in the 51-125cc and the 126-650cc range. 

The expansion of the market share of low power models was expected following oversupply and self-registration occurring early last year. The growth in popularity of mid-range vehicles could be explained by the introduction of a more diverse portfolio of motorbikes intended to appeal to younger riders.

Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) Stephen Latham said: “Manufacturer wise, Honda, Yamaha and BMW were the market leaders this month, and the bestselling machine was the ‘supersport’ Yamaha YZF R125 ABS registering 341 machines. Dealers are optimistic that 2018 registrations will continue to grow and be up at least 2% up on 2017 and in line with predictions.”

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Picture Credit: William Grieb (Cropped)