Overall demand for motorcycles is up 7.5 per cent in the latest year-to-date figures. Commenting on the Motor Cycle Industry Association new bike registrations statistics, Stephen Latham, head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA), said: “Demand for motorcycles continued to grow in May with a 3.5 per cent increase over the same period last year.”
Latham continued, “There has been continued speculation that consumers are holding back on making larger purchases until the outcome of the EU Referendum, however this is not the case in the bike sector.
“Low power ranges continued their downward trend with the sub 50cc sector down -9.8 per cent, and unexpectedly the 125cc sector was also down -1 per cent following a positive month in April.
“With the summer month’s approaching, it is not surprising to see that growth in the trail/endure sector was up a massive 39.6 per cent compared to this time last year, and accounted for 126 – 650cc powered machines being up 19 per cent for the month.
“As with previous months, Honda led the manufacturer brands with 1895 sales, followed closely by Yamaha who registered 1741 sales, and Triumph in third place with 1100 registrations. Triumph also led the field with its new 1200cc Thruxton model being ranked top seller in the categories of top Naked bikes and bestselling model over 1000cc.”