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With no relief from bitter winter weather, UK powered two-wheeler registration figures for the third month and first quarter of 2013 are distinctly subdued.

According to the latest Motor Cycle Industry Association data, total registrations for March were down by 10.8 per cent to 12,319 units. Motorcycles dropped by 8.7 per cent to 9019 units, scooters by 9.9 per cent to 2263 units and 50cc sector by 27.3 per cent to 1037 units.

Beyond the moped massacre, much of this attrition was concentrated in the key commuter-related 51-125cc capacity class, which declined by 14.8 per cent to 3670 units. Only the 125-650cc range was positive — up by 5.3 per cent to 1965 units — but a surge in new-model middleweight dealer demonstrators was primarily responsible for that.

Market leader for the month was Honda on 2657 units. Yamaha claimed a distant runner-up spot with 1414 units and BMW took third step of the overall podium and the over-500cc title thanks to 1217 units. Completing the top five were Triumph on 1117 units and Kawasaki on 741 units.

As for the first quarter of the year, total registrations have fallen by 10.4 per cent to 20,071 units. Motorcycles are down by 9.2 per cent to 13,368 units, scooters by 8.7 per cent to 4377 units and mopeds by 19.5 per cent to 2326 units.

For full details and analysis of these monthly MCIA statistics, see the next issue of British Dealer News or check them out online at