Total new moped and motorcycle registrations across almost all engine
sizes and styles showed general improvements in October 2006, a total of
9,889 bikes were registered- an overall increase of 9% compared to the
same month in 2005.
The total number of registrations for the year to 31st October is
Declining Moped registrations, which are affecting the overall figures,
are being offset by the rising numbers of 125cc motorcycles, keeping the
vital 0-125cc commuter and novice sector sustained. This change is noted
in the switch from Moped Scooter, down 82 registrations, to Motorcycle
Scooter, up 209 registrations.
Motorcycle (ie; excl. Mopeds) registrations rose by 13% compared to
October 2005 and there was a 2% increase year to date.
Three of the Top-Ten selling machines of 2006 are in this category, as
the machines provide a practical transport solution and an accessible
way in to motorcycling.
Sports bikes remain as popular as ever and several manufacturers were
displaying their exciting 2007 models at the NEC Show alongside the many
multi-purpose machines in the Naked and Adventure Sport categories.
Notably, the Sport/ Touring sector achieved a 40% increase in October.
Craig Carey-Clinch, MCI's Director of Public Affairs said, " As the main
biking season comes to an end it is reassuring to observe stabilisation
in bike registrations. The Industry is aware that there are new markets
out there and with an estimated 120,000 new riders each year the entry
level machines should continue to sell as people opt for a more
flexible, economic form of transport.
"One of the more popular features at the Motorcycle Show this year was
the 'try a bike' opportunity for potential riders to get free basic
tuition The industry now needs to capitalise on this and attract more
women and younger riders.
"Sustaining the market in the economy is a challenge, but we must
continue to make motorcycling accessible and highlight that it is
becoming safer, particularly in areas where motorcycling is being
integrated into mainstream transport policy."