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MAY REGISTRATIONS FLATLINE

Although they will be interpreted as a sharp improvement on the previous month’s double-digit percentage decline, MCIA registration statistics for May aren’t worthy of much applause. BDN financial editor Roger Willis reports.

Overall numbers increased by a meagre 0.7% to 10,932 units – just 73 additional machines. Mopeds fell by 13.8% to 455 and scooters were 13.5% down at 1666. Better news for motorcycles was a 4.7% rise to 8730.

But the devil lurked in the detail. More lucrative 651cc-plus products, accounting for just over half of all registrations on 5533 units and at least three-quarters of associated dealer revenue, were 1.7% lower. Within that, the 651-1000cc band lost 3.4% to 3115 while over-1000cc stuff put on a thin 0.6% at 2418. Best performances could be found in the 51-125cc and 126-650cc ranges – respectively up by 3.6% to 3058 and 7% to 1865.

In the top-five brand rankings chart, Honda led as usual but dropped by 13.3%. Runner-up Yamaha added 1.2%. Triumph in third sank by 11.7%. BMW Motorrad was 1.9% up in fourth and Kawasaki rose by 1.5% in fifth.

Further down the running order, Harley-Davidson was star of the monthly show, boasting a 35% improvement in sixth spot. Suzuki improved by 11.2% in seventh and eighth-placed KTM stacked on 30.3%. Chinese flag-carrier Lexmoto featured in ninth. However, growth data was unavailable as it had fallen right off the top-ten radar in May last year. Finally, Ducati crept in to tenth place, 21.9% in arrears against 12 months earlier.

For the five months of 2018 to date, registrations are flatlining on 44,695, just 0.4% positive. Motorcycles have risen by 2% to 34,838, scooters are 1.3% up at 7637 and mopeds 23% down on 1927. In addition, for strict accuracy, three-wheelers plunged by 15.3% to 293.

Compared to previous YTD tallies, the picture is worse – 13.8% behind 2016 (51,872) and 6.6% lower than 2015 (47,837).
 

    

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