“Motorcycle registrations remained stable with just a small -1.8% sales decrease in October, as both economic and political uncertainty continued to affect demand for bikes”, said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK.
A total of 7,126 bikes were registered in October, which is typically a low volume month as the winter months close in. On average throughout 2019 so far, 9,640 bikes a month have been sold, thus demonstrating the low sales volumes this month.
Scooter sales were up 7.5% in month, whilst in comparison, sales of pure motorcycles declined -4%, indicating the slowing of the leisure market and an increased demand for commuter bikes.
Once again Honda was the leading seller in the month registering 1,224 bikes, followed by Yamaha in second position with 820 registrations, and budget brand Lexmoto in third place with 668 motorcycle sales, demonstrating the demand for entry level commuter transport. The best-selling machine in October was the Yamaha NMAX 125, registering 247 units.
Latham continued, “Compared to the car market which has been affected by the new emissions regulations, it is important to note that the motorcycle market is still healthy and buoyant and up 2% year-to-date on the same period last year.
“We look forward to seeing what the final few months of 2019 have to bring for the market."
Results taken from the Motor Cycle Industry Association Press Statistics October 2019 – New Motorcycle registrations.
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.