Each month we take a look at the UK motorcycle and scooter (powered two wheelers) registration statistics.
Last month new registrations rose by 13% compared to January 2013. Is this a sign of the economic recovery?
There were 4,517 new registrations in January this year compared to 4,092 last year. While moped and scooter registrations fell by nearly 5%, motorcycle registrations increased 13%, with the Custom, and Adventure Sport categories enjoying the biggest gains (40% and 26% respectively).
Honda leads the way
As the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world, Honda has been a permanent fixture at the top of the brand charts. In January it sold 983 powered two wheels, compared to Yamaha’s 482. Triumph occupy third place with 301 units.
What is interesting to note is that despite the release of the new V-Strom 1000 Suzuki didn’t make the top ten. In months when the company offers 0% APR on its vehicles it tends to fair well, but without any deals on the table it seems that the UK public aren’t convinced with the value Suzuki offers.
The top selling motorcycle was the Honda NC700X, which beat BMW’s R1200GS by a single unit (55 vs. 54). Oddly the NC700X wasn’t even available until February.
All figures were compiled by the Motorcycle Industry Association during 1 January 2014 – 31 January 2014.