“Motorcycle registrations declined -0.6% in May for the first time this year, however, the overall market is still up 7% year to date”, said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK.
A total of 47,822 machines have been put on UK roads this year – 3,187 more registrations than the same period last year.
In May sales of larger engine bikes in the 651-1000cc sector were down -11.9%, and in the over 1000cc sector, registrations were down -7.0%. Both the large custom bikes and touring bikes were also down -24.9 and -25.4%.
The 50cc moped market continued its upward trend for 2019 with sales up 7% in May and up 21.6% so far this year.
Latham continued, “Whilst dealers reported a buoyant first quarter last month, there is continued caution amongst motorcycle retailers surrounding economic uncertainty which could see the market stabilising over the coming months.”
About the RMI
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.