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Latest monthly registration statistics from the Motor Cycle Industry Association are still in negative territory — 4.6 per cent down in total at 3660 units — but considerably better than January’s snow-bound gloom.

Motorcycles and scooters dropped by 4.2 per cent to 3026 units while the 50cc moped sector lost 6.1 per cent at 634 units. Positive style categories were Naked (up by 7.3 per cent), Touring (up by 53.4 per cent) and Trail/Enduro ( up by 35.2 per cent). Worst performer was Sport/Tour, plummeting by 46.4 per cent.

In capacity ranges, the only growth was displayed by the 126-650cc slot, up by 11.3 per cent to 520 units. Next-best performer was the high-volume 51-125cc band, down by three per cent to 1685 units.

Monthly market leader was Honda on 600 units, followed by Yamaha on 455 units and Piaggio on 247 units. The top five was rounded out by Triumph on 182 units and Kawasaki on 167 units.

For the two months of 2013 to date, motorcycles and scooters are down by 9.4 per cent at 6463 units and mopeds are in arrears by 12 per cent at 1289 units. Overall, the market has shrunk by 9.8 per cent to 7752 units.

For full details and analysis, see the next issue of British Dealer News.