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UK REGISTRATIONS SURGE IN MARCH

Spring has certainly sprung in fine style with a welcome double-digit UK bike registrations boom during March, according to latest Motor Cycle Industry Association data.

Overall registrations for the month were up by 18.2 per cent to 14,563 units. Motorcycles rose by 22.7 per cent to 11,065 units. Scooters grew by 10.6 per cent to 2502 units. However, the 50cc moped/scooter sector was still negative — four per cent down at 996 units — but at least its rate of attrition is improving.

All dedicated style categories were comfortably positive, apart from Supersport, which dropped by 5.5 per cent to 1895 units. Naked tackle posted the biggest increase with a 45.1 per cent gain to 3334 units. Adventure Sport machines led the large-capacity field on 2539 units, a handsome 29.9 per cent advance made up almost exclusively of products with high price tags.

As for engine capacities, over-125cc bands combined stacked on 25.8 per cent to 9569 units. The 51-125cc commuter/learner slot was up by 8.9 per cent to 3998 units. Best-selling bike in March was BMW’s R1200GS on 354 units.

Honda headed the monthly market chart with 2691 units. Yamaha (1831 units), BMW (1477 units), Triumph (1422 units) and Kawasaki (1210 units) completed the top five.

For the first quarter of 2014, total registrations have now risen by 12.6 per cent to 22,606 units. Motorcycles have grown by 18.2 per cent to 15,808 units. Scooters are 5.4 per cent up at 4613 units. Mopeds are down by 6.1 per cent to 2185 units.

For full details and analysis, see the May issue of British Dealer News or click here
 

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