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Belgians buying bigger bikes

2023 motorcycle registrations data from Belgium

It’s not all drinking Trappist beers and munching on moule frites in the EU land of Belgium, as the most recent motorcycle registration figures show a modest gain in sales last year, taking the overall parc to a record 538,536, indicating that increasing numbers are enjoying getting out and about on two wheels.

Big bikes are a favourite, with BMW’s R1250 GS pair topping the sales charts. There is also a good showing for other big-capacity machinery throughout the top 20 list. Scooters and other sub-125cc bikes make up just 24% of the overall market (in comparison they have a 38% share in the UK), and continue to lose some of the share they gained during the Covid years.

In better news, the Belgian government has reported record numbers of A1, A2 and A-category licenses being granted during the year, meaning a record number of new riders keen to purchase a new or used machine to get them on the road.

As with the UK, petrol bikes still make up the vast majority of sales (97.1%), with electric-powered machines struggling to maintain a foothold in the market.


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