WHAT with increasing theft and the looming ULEZ charge, you’d think that the motorcycling community had been dealt enough bad news recently.
However, autumn has brought a fresh blow, in the form of the Motorcycle Industry Association’s New Registration Statistics for August.
The figures show that new model registrations have fallen across almost every type of motorcycle, with the overall number dropping a huge 17.8 per cent on the same period last year.
Registrations of bikes under 50cc have dropped 11.2 per cent, while that of larger models declined by 18.5 per cent.
Scooters were the worst hit, seeing a 37.8 per cent decline. While 2,030 scooters were registered in August 2016, only 1,262 made it on to the roads this August.
Adventure sport and touring models were on the up in the popularity stakes. The former saw a 23.5 per cent rise, from 812 to 1,003 sales, while the latter rose from 100 to 103 – that’s a 3 per cent increase.
Year-to-date, however, every category of two-wheeler above 125cc has seen a drop in registrations, a total decrease of 13.8 per cent across all models.
Tricycles seem to have fared better, however. While registrations of three-wheeler scooters have dropped by 26.3 per cent ‘other models’ – trikes and models including the Can-Am Spyder – have risen by 35.2 per cent.
Overall, the total number of mopeds, motocycles, scooters and tricycle registrations dropped by 17.8 per cent on August last year, and 14.2 per cent year-to-date.