Article By Ministry of Bikes
Posted on 16 Jan 2017
UK motorcycle sales up for 2016
According to the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), the UK has had a great year when it comes to motorcycle sales. The MCIA has reported that the UK motorcycle sales for 2016 were up by 11.7%, with 128,644 registrations being made between January and December. This is the third consecutive year that the UK has seen sales double, even after a slight decline in sales after the Brexit referendum.
It has been said that around 40% of the overall UK sales came from small commuter bikes (between 50-125-cc), which the MCIA believe is due to unreliable public transport and increased traffic congestion, so people are looking to find a more affordable and dependable way of commuting.
In addition, it was found that the most popular bike style was the ‘naked’ which is said to have gained around 35,621 registrations in the UK in 2016, following closely by the scooter with 27,482 units sold.
Moreover, there has been a great increase in popularity with adventure and trial bikes over the last year, as these bikes accounted for just over 20% of overall sales for 2016.
Many of the manufacturers have still to post their individual 2016 results, some of which we are not too sure what to expect. However, it has been highlighted that both BMW and KTM are up 5.9% for the year, while Polaris Industries also had an excellent year, even though they still made the decision to wind down the Victory Motorcycles brand.
On the other hand, not everyone has had a great year. In fact, the US market is down in sales by 2.1%, and even though we are still awaiting official results, it has been predicted that Harley-Davidson and Ducati will have faced a decline from last year.
Overall, the UK has seen a 12% increase from 2016, and a 10% increase from 2014, so it looks as though 2017 will be an even better year. We hope!