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ANOTHER GOOD MONTH IN THE UK

April registration figures from the Motor Cycle Industry Association underline a consistent recovery in the UK bike market.

Total registrations grew by 16.1 per cent to 9864 units. Motorcycles were up by 19.6 per cent to 7093 units. Over-50cc scooters put on 12.5 per cent at 1931 units. And the moped sector was only marginally negative, down by 1.3 per cent to 840 units.

Among the various style categories, a surprise was Adventure Sport’s decline by 7.4 per cent to 1320 units. Everything else was cheerfully positive. Naked bikes ruled the roost among higher-volume slots with a muscular 44.5 per cent growth to 2322 units.

As for capacity bands, 651-1000cc machines billed the best performance, up by 26.7 per cent to 2155 units. But that total was beaten by over-1000cc products on 2192 units (plus 23.7 per cent) and 51-125cc commuter or learner A1 kit on 3367 units (plus 18.9 per cent).

Honda led the market with 1652 registrations, followed by Yamaha on 1298. Triumph completed the podium on 946. BMW and Kawasaki filled out the top five with, respectively, 736 and 610 units.

For the four months of 2014 to date, the overall market is up by 13.7 per cent at 32,470 units.

For detailed analysis, see the next print edition of British Dealer News. For the complete statistics click here

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