Bike registrations see May dent
Registrations of new motorcycle declined last month and recorded their first fall this year, according to new statistics released by BMF Corporate Members the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA).
With 10,871 registrations of machines of all kinds last month compared to 10,932 in the same period last year, sales fell by 0.6%. The decline was most severe for touring bikes, which saw a severe 25.4% drop, and custom machines were close behind with a 24.9% drop.
However, there were some brighter spots in the statistics. Scooters saw a 16.6% jump, while supersport machines eked out 2.6% of growth.
While bike sales are still up by 7% for the entire year so far, this interruption to the trajectory of growth while weather is improving is an unwelcome development. Commenting, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NDMA) Stephen Latham said: “While dealers reported a buoyant first quarter last month, there is continued caution among motorcycle retailers surrounding economic uncertainty which could see the market stabilising over the coming months.”
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