The National Motorcycle Dealers Association has revealed that February registrations continued the strong start to 2015 witnessed in January, with double-digit year-on-year increases. As with previous months the 51-125cc sector showed an increase of 12.4 per cent as the biggest sector in volume terms, which means 207 more machines registered over February 2014. While sales in most power ranges increased, the sub-50cc moped segment decreased 20.7 per cent.
“It is encouraging to see that the motorcycle market has got off to a positive start, with dealers reporting an 11 per cent increase in January registrations”, said Stephen Latham, head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK.
“It is extremely positive to see that motorcycle registrations in 2014 were at their highest since 2009, suggesting that the improving economic recovery is finally having a positive effect on bike sales”, said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK.
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“September marked another stable month with a 6.4 per cent growth for the motorcycle market.” said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK. In total, 757 more machines were registered in September 2014 than in September 2013, however it was expected there would have been a higher demand on the back of the new 14-plate change.
“July marked another good month for the motorcycle market with sales up 13.9 per cent,” said Stephen Latham, head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK.
Research carried out throughout most of 2009 by Encircle Marketing reveals that independent dealers sold a pair (front and rear) of motorcycle tyres at an average of up to £32 cheaper than other channels. Additionally regional independent dealers kept prices relatively flat throughout the year, hovering between £213.77 and £216.35, while local independents and national fast fitters increased prices on average each quarter. Dealers meanwhile were the most expensive in each quarter. The data was collected using 8,492 mystery calls between January and November 2009, during which 25,794 prices were collated across eight key tyre brands – Avon, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Maxxis, Metzeler, Michelin and Pirelli.
Just over a year after Tyres & Accessories reported that a newly rejuvenated Michelin two-wheel department was aiming to lead the market, T&A met up with department head, Dr Olivier Gros and Jonathan Brett, manager of the new two-wheel Michelin Business Programme to find out how much progress has been made.
The short story is that Michelin is definitely moving towards its goal of becoming the UK’s number one motorbike tyre manufacturer. Last year, the company gained a six-point share in the sports/sport tyre segment compared with the other leading premium brands (such as Pirelli/Metezler, Dunlop and Bridgestone). And what’s more, because the total market size has remained relatively static, this means that the French manufacturer has actually been gaining sales from its competitors. Looking forward, Michelin is just as confident about next year and Olivier Gros predicts that the company will achieve a further six-point growth next year. In Olivier Gros’ words, 2008 will join 2006 and 2007 as “very successful years” for Michelin motorbike tyres in the UK. When you consider that 2006 and 2007 were both sales records for the company, its demonstrates just how confident the team is that they will achieve their stated aim of becoming number one.
Continental AG is going to increase its involvement in motorbike tyres and the OE-market. So far, the Hanover group has concentrated mainly on passenger car, truck and industrial tyres. All this is now subject to change. The fact that, after belonging to the commercial tyre business unit, two-wheeler tyres were merged with the group’s passenger vehicle tyre unit from January, 1st this year, could be an indication for the company’s reborn interest in the motorbike tyre market. As stated by Continental, the group achieved a 50 percent increase in turnover of motorbike tyres last season, and according to their motorbike tyre marketing leader Jörg Essiger, entering the radial ply tyre segment with the “ContiForce” would be another step in the right direction. The new two-wheeler tyre had already been presented to public at the Intermot fair in Munich last autumn, and was officially presented to the press at the Contidrom fair in May. Essiger explains, “the ContiForce offers both excellent handling and a very reasonable price, which is 10-15 percent lower than the competition.” He says, that ContiForce would be the appropriate tyre for sports-bike riders, and real sportsmen can also demonstrate their efficiency on it. Who knows, whether with their next new motorbike tyre the Hanover group might enter into the pure sport machine segment. Already next year, the tyre manufacturer will probably put another newly-developed motorbike tyre on the market; so said Jörg Essiger at the Contidrom presentation – however no further details were forthcoming.