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'Don’t read everything into month one’s results'

The first registration figures for 2016 have been described as “an encouraging start”, by the dealer association, the NMDA.

As reported on Friday, registrations for motorcycles were up 17% and scooters up 16.5% compared with January last year. Overall, the total is 14.2% above 2015 sales, which in turn was 11.3% up on 2014 registrations.

NMDA boss Steve Latham, pictured right with staff on a dealer recruitment drive at Expo, said: “As in the past, the sub-50cc mopeds lost share against last year, being down 8%, but most other motorcycle styles improved, the only other exception being a decline in the Supersport sector of 4.1%. Bearing in mind the inclement January weather, this is not surprising, and probably explains why Ducati were not in the top 10 manufacturers.

“It is important to bear in mind that a January market is small in volume terms and this month’s total of 5789 motorcycles equates to just 4.65% of the 124,359 registrations that are predicted by MCIA for the total of 2016. Therefore the January figures are not the most accurate indicator for the future, hence some of the anomalies such as the 125cc budget brand of Lexmoto recording the second highest volume for the month of 624 registrations behind Honda at 1096 units in the month.

“Irrespective, all this is positive for the future market and we look forward to similar growth in the next couple of months to consolidate market confidence in higher demand for motorcycles for both leisure and economic commuting.”



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