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REGISTRATIONS WEAKEN AGAIN

A fourth consecutive month of negativity in October, if fairly marginal, still kept year-to-date figures in front of 2020’s and even 2019’s headline tallies. BDN financial editor Roger Willis reports.

According to MCIA data, total monthly registrations fell by 3.8% to 8517. Motorcycles were actually 0.6% up to 5784. But scooters lost 5.5% at 2013, mopeds sank by 24.4% to 658 and trikes suffered a 41% dive to just 62. Really wet and windy autumn weather was hardly conducive to showroom footfall.

The up-to-125cc (or 11kW) mobility sector dropped by 11.2% to 4286 machines. But 126cc-plus bikes predominantly in the enthusiast/leisure firmament stayed shiny side up with a 5% rise to 4231. Perhaps the brightest news came from headline numbers 19.5% ahead of the 7126 registrations recorded in pre-Covid October 2019.

Outright highest-registered powered two-wheeler during the tenth month of 2021 was Royal Enfield’s Meteor 350 baby cruiser, thanks to 226 machines plated. It was pursued by 170 fleet-friendly samples of the Yamaha NMax 125. Leading electric steed and fourth-ranked overall was VMoto’s Super Soco CPx 4.8kW scooter on 150 units. Despite BDN advice to the contrary, the MCIA continues to count this among 1-4kW models which can be ridden on AM licences.

Running from top down in the major brands chart, Honda and Yamaha made respective 12.6% and 10.9% volume gains versus October 2020. But Lexmoto in third dived by 48.1%, presumably with a paucity of wares to sell. Triumph was 6.3% up, while KTM stock shortages elicited a 20.2% plunge. Contrary to that, BMW Motorrad put on 20.3%.

Guest appearances by MotoGB’s Keeway and SYM brands in October last year were replaced by Royal Enfield and Harley-Davidson, bracketing Piaggio’s 14.5% rise in eighth spot. Most tragic of the lot, way down on the bottom rung in tenth, Kawasaki’s registrations slumped by a horrendous 50.8%.

For the year to date against 2020, up-to-125cc mobility products rose by 12.9% to 44,748. And 126cc-plus machines enjoyed a 10.3% gain to 56,343. Total YTD registrations grew by 11.4% to 101,091. Motorcycles improved by 8.9% to 70,877, scooters were 22.9% up to 23,352, mopeds added just 2.9% to 6019 and trikes increased by 9.8% to 843. Among motorcycles, the Adventure style segment was unchallenged leader, climbing by 20.9% to 17,594 and claiming a dominant 24.8% market share.

However, YTD comparisons with the same period in pre-pandemic 2019 were less satisfactory. Although the booming up-to-125cc mobility market was an impressive 25.2% higher, larger machines at the heart of most dealers’ profitability declined by 7.1%. Taken together, they stood only 4.9% up. 

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