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Motorcycle registrations grow in August ahead of plate-change

NMDA 10/09/2018

“It is encouraging to see that registrations of motorcycles in the UK grew by 9.1% in August from the same month last year”, said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK.

In number terms, August registrations are always low due to the volume of customers who prefer to wait until September to obtain the latest registration plate on their new machine. As a result of the monthly increase, the year to date picture shows a steady growth of 2% for the first eight months of this year.

One of the positive movements in August, as well as throughout the whole year, is the upturn in sales of scooters. This segment of the market rose by 28.4% in August and it is 4.3% up year to date, despite the concerns surrounding theft and crime in the main metropolitan cities.

All power ranges, apart from the sub 50cc machines, showed growth in August. Despite the -9.4% decline throughout the year, the mid-range 651-1000cc machines were up 9.5% in August.

Latham continued, “Honda continued to lead with 1,259 registrations in August. Yamaha was in second position with 919 new motorcycles on the road, followed by Triumph with 500 machines licensed and Lexmoto with 462 bikes sold.

“Due to low overall volumes being registered, the Royal Enfield Classic Bullet was the top selling motorcycle in the 126-650cc range with 106 units sold in the month.

“Although August was a small volume month in relative terms, dealers are feeling optimistic about September. Going forward, the market is expected to remain steady throughout the remainder of 2018”.

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notes to editors: 

Results taken from the Motorcycle Industry Association Press Statistics August 2018 – New Motorcycle registrations.

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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.