FROSTY REGISTRATIONS RECEPTION

With winter increasingly upon us weatherwise, more than a week of trade distraction for Motorcycle Live at the NEC and an ongoing cost-of-living crisis, November registrations were never going to be memorable. BDN financial editor Roger Willis reports.

Total numbers were 5% down to 6316 units. The petrolhead contribution fell by 3.6% to 6077. Battery-electric products executed a 30.9% dive to just 239. Segmentally, motorcycles were 8.6% in arrears at 4070. Scooters put on 4.1% to 1790. Mopeds endured a 2.1% retreat to 414. Trikes sank by 16% to 42.

The up-to-125cc basic mobility and delivery sector absolutely flatlined on 2922 units. Following Yamaha’s even bigger fleet input during October, some 431 of these were NMax 125 scooters. The mixture of mobility and budget enthusiast products spanning the 126-500cc range achieved a marginal 0.9% positivity. An overall tally of 985 were led by 51 samples of Honda’s ADV350 “urban adventure” scooter.

Everything upstream was negative. Machines in the 501-750cc slot plunged by 22.9% to 481; 751-1000cc stuff was 3.9% down; and 1000cc-plus premium kit dropped by 6.1% to 878. That figure included 108 samples of BMW’s new R1300GS adventure stallion showcased at Motorcycle Live, probably registered by Motorrad dealers as demonstrators.

“Best-selling brands” is a bit of a misnomer at this time of the year. Only Honda was in four figures, 4.8% down to 1235 units. Yamaha was close, 15% up to 913. Of course, its result was heavily dependent on all those aforementioned NMax scooters, soon to be bearing seasonal takeaway meals or whatever. They accounted for 47.2% of Yamaha’s entire registrations.

Then we plunge into an abyss, to reach BMW Motorrad in a distant third spot, 12.9% down to a seriously depleted tally of 411 bikes plated. That demo R1300GS fleet represented more than a quarter of the brand’s total. Although to be fair, it also topped the Touring style category with a 31-strong pack of R1250RT products — welcome business at the back end of autumn.

KTM in fourth was a useful 19.3% up to 383, while Triumph closed the top five with a 14.2% slump to 338 — presumably now awaiting keenly priced 2024 stock from distant climes that aren’t Hinckley. Nevertheless, it did snatch 751-1000cc glory by registering 43 Tiger 900 Rally Pro adventure bikes.

Unusually for Lexmoto, this formerly leading Chinese flag carrier then only incurred a 1.6% loss to 252. At least it narrowly beat Kawasaki, which was 0.8% lower at 247. Suzuki, on the other hand, could boast a 34.6% increase to 214 in eighth. And Royal Enfield staged a modest 10.6% recovery to 197, 30 of which were Interceptor 650 twins heading the Modern Classic accolade. Finally, another Chinese interloper, Qianjiang’s Keeway brand orchestrated by MotoGB, put in a tail-end appearance thanks to selling 151 bikes. 33 of them were Superlight models claiming top Custom status.

Eleven months into a difficult year, the position is as follows: Total registrations are 2% down to 108,353 units. Motorcycles are actually 1.9% up to 79,117. Scooters have fallen by 8.6% to 23,244. Mopeds plunged by 23.3% to 5181. And trikes added 4.8% to 811. Petrolheads can only rejoice YTD to the tune of a 0.1% gain at 104,547 units. Our wonderful electrified future plummeted by 37.9% to 3806 units.