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NMDA Comment on April motorcycle registrations

Motorcycle registrations were down -83.5% for April due to the Covid-19 pandemic, only 1,623 machines were registered compared with April 2019 when 9,820 motorcycles went on the road. It is thought that many of these registrations were from online sales that are permittable during the current pandemic and many have been sold to ‘key workers’ as their safe independent option for travel to work.

All sectors of machine were negatively affected with ‘touring’ motorcycles worst effected -96.3% while even the least effected ‘scooters’ registered a loss of -69.2%. This point is further confirmed from the 1,623 machines registered, that 615 (38%) were scooters, disproportionately higher than normal.

As far as brand dominance and the preference for lower powered machines allowed Lexmoto to be in second position with 177 registrations, behind Honda who registered 312 new motorcycles.

With the ongoing ‘lockdown’ many motorcycle businesses are struggling to survive and many more our looking to having a digital presence to sell new and used bikes online.

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