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REGISTRATIONS BOOST ROLLS ON

Latest MCIA data for March shows that consistent UK bike market growth has been maintained through the first quarter of 2015. Overall monthly registrations were up by 11.8% to 16,282 units, with the quarterly total rising by 11.7% to 25,249 units.

During March, motorcycles increased by 15% to 12,718 units. Scooters improved by a more modest 6% to 2655 units. However, the 50cc moped/scooter sector continued its long-term decline, falling by 8.7% to 909 units.

The most impressive motorcycle style category was Naked, stacking on 29.7% to 4326 units. Supersport followed that with a 23% hike at 2330 units. Both of these slots were led by larger-capacity machines, rather than the usual 125cc commuter/learner fare — respectively Yamaha’s MT-07 (237 units) and BMW’s S1000RR (283 units). Only Sport/Tour and Touring posted declines. Monthly best-seller was the Yamaha MT-09 Tracer on 333 units, still lurking awkwardly in Adventure Sport guise.

As for engine bands, the 51-125cc range held onto top-dog status, up 11.6% with 4462 units. But 651-1000cc machines were very close behind, surging by 22.8% to 4402 units. And then 1000cc-plus tackle claimed a commendable third spot, down by a marginal 0.5% at 3710 units. This increasing accent on bigger-inch and therefore bigger-ticket products must surely be bringing smiles to trade faces.

 

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