Each month we take a look at the UK motorcycle and scooter (powered two wheelers) registration statistics.
And they're down again. In January new registrations rose by 13% year on year. It seems however, that increase has been short lived as motorcycle registrations fell 2% compared with the same period last year, and new scooter registrations fell by 11%.
There were 2,962 new motorcycle registrations in February, compared with 3,660 last year. Yet it's not all bad news though. The year-to-date (YTD) figures show an overall increase in new motorcycle of 6%, and despite the overall fall in sales compared to February last year, the Adventure Sport (+18%), Custom (+21%), and Naked (+3) sectors all enjoyed growth.
The top seller in January was the new Honda NC700x, and Honda conintued this trend with the Honda CBF 125 M, selling 75 units in February. The best selling large motorcycle was the BMW R1200GS with 56 new registrations, a figure that would have seen top the motorcycle charts in January. It's worth giving a nod to the KTM 350 EXC which was joint 1st in the 126cc - 650cc category with 21 new registrations, showing that is still some enthusiasm for off road roading in the UK despite restricted access to decent riding areas.
In the manufaturer charts, Honda lead Yamaha 650 units to 425, with Piaggio in third place with 187 units registered.
Kawasaki shifted 146 units, leaving them in 5th place overall, but once again Suzuki was absent from the top 10.
All figures were compiled by the Motorcycle Industry Association during 1 Febrary 2014 – 28 Febraury 2014.