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COLD COMFORT IN OCTOBER REGISTRATIONS

After two months of tentative positivity, total registrations for October have slid back into the red. BDN financial editor Roger Willis reports.

MCIA monthly figures showed a 2% overall decline to 7259 units. Scooters achieved the best performance, 7.2% up at 1640. Motorcycles were 0.9% down to 5108 and mopeds fell off a cliff again, plunging by 27.2% to a mere 470. To be fair, though, as autumn assails us, the numbers weren’t huge anyway. That represented 110 more scooters, 48 fewer motorcycles and 176 missing mopeds.

Good news was to be found in the 651-1000cc engine band, rising by 16.2% to 1599. And although over-1000cc stuff fell by 5%, it was topped by 129 examples of BMW’s impressive new R1250GS late-season invader, that’s likely to become a welcome winter warmer for Motorrad merchants should adequate stock be available. 126-650cc middleweights were basically static, dropping by 0.6% — just eight machines fewer. The 51-125cc entry-level and commuter slot lost 4.8%.

Most eye-catching brand was KTM, pursuing its cheerfully disruptive progress through 2018. The 125 Duke and 300EXC Six Days respectively led Naked and Trail/Enduro style categories, while the 390 Duke took 126-650cc engine band honours. And the brand as a whole climbed to third spot in top-10 manufacturer rankings with a 26.6% registrations surge.

Those rankings were headed by Honda, of course, plating exactly the same quantity as it did in October last year. Runner-up Yamaha dropped by 11.9%. BMW in fourth crept 2.5% higher, followed by Chinese flag-carrier Lexmoto in fifth on an 11.3% rise.

Triumph sank dramatically by 25.8% in sixth place as Kawasaki’s good fortune continued thanks to a 10.2% improvement in seventh. Gloom was henceforth all-pervasive. Harley-Davidson suffered a 16.6% retreat in eighth, Piaggio dropped by 9.9% in ninth and Suzuki was tail-end charlie with an 8.3% shortfall.  

Ten months in, 2018’s total YTD growth now stands at an anaemic 1.7%, adding up to 94,523 units — 14.1% lower than 2016’s falsely inflated YTD tally and 8.3% down on the position in October 2015.   
 

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