UK's top-selling motorcycles in October 2013

What's selling across every sector

Posted: 13 November 2013
by Visordown News

MOTORCYCLE sales figures have recently been published by the Motorcycle Industry Association for October 2013.

Sales of motorcycles overall are 10% up on the same month last year, with 5,955 registered, compared to 5,407 in October 2012. The Naked sector showed the largest percentage increase, up 30.7% from October 2012 and 1.8% up year to date. Year to date motorcycle sales are only up 0.3% on the same time period in 2012.

The top-selling motorcycles in each MCIA category for October are as follows:

CUSTOM Yamaha XV 950 42
NAKED Yamaha YBR 125 151
SCOOTER Piaggio VESPA LX 125 3V 149
SPORT/TOUR Kawasaki ER 6F 50
SUPERSPORT Yamaha YZF R125 125

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Blimey. Can you publish the top 100 on the chance that I might spot one that I might buy in 5 to 10 years?

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 14:46

What a weird list.

I assume top selling would be the top selling not the top selling by a category. Since when was a Yamaha YZF R125 a Supersport? How do you compare something that sold 149 with something that sold 42.

How about the 10 best selling bikes please?

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 15:31

If they did a list of the top 10 best sellers they'd all be 125cc bikes. Such is life with a system such as ours.

Now a top 10 or top 5 in each class might be the ticket

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 16:28

These are just the headline MCIA numbers, you can get them yourself from:

Bit of a "steady away" month, which is pretty good after 5 years of falling sales.

That's the first time I can recall seeing Piaggo sneak in at #3 after Honda and Yamaha. Suzuki are at the bottom of their sales rollercoaster, being out of the top 10 again. Blimey, even Harley-Davidson sold more bikes than Suzuki. In October.

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 19:55

Going by the list manufacturers should drop all their bikes over 125 and just sell 125, apart from BMW with a single model.

Its scary when a best seller only sells 149 bikes (again a 125)

This begins to show why the various motorcycle shows in the UK are half-hearted affairs, sponsorship is low at race meetings, and prices are rising day in day out hoping to recover their costs.

Ultimately can we see major brands like Suzuki withdrawing completely from the UK market followed closely by other marques?

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 08:04

UK... go out and buy more bikes!

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 09:20

Bubblin, Suzuki are the one that concern me. Their sales are feast-or-famine, being as high as #3 when they've got one of their big sales on, but then they regularly drop out of the top 10 with numbers that work out to fewer than one new bike per dealer per month.

Given that Suzuki cars have withdrawn from North America, you do have to wonder if there may be trouble ahead. It was a genuine consideration for me, I passed on buying a V-Strom 650 this year because I'm not 100% convinced that there will be a Suzuki UK around to back the warranty.

I hope the V-Strom 1000 sells like gangbusters, and also they could really do with a commuter 125 to introduce younglings into the marque.

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 13:21

Multipronged soft kill....

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 19:34

Rogerborg, yes agree, I had the same with my latest purchase, I loved the GSR750 but really after looking at it, it hasn't been changed or altered in 5 years, and no new bikes coming from Suzuki to set the heart racing.

There are only so many special (special as in new stickers) 600, 7500, 1000 sports that can be made, and as sports bikes are dropping in sales, naked, adventure and other styles coming out.

Would the UK really miss Suzuki, ten years ago, yes, today I doubt it.

Look at Triumph, there bringing out the bikes people want, street naked's, useable power, cheapish, dependable.

Harleys, have no new bikes but an image certain people want, so it can work in the right hands.

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 08:21

I will be looking at two new bikes at the NEC. The NC750 S OR X and the CBR650F. All in my price range and cheapish running costs and good MPG. The MT-07 looks good as well and priced just right.

Until the mass media embraces the bikeer lifestyle i.e. Adverts with David Beckham riding his custom bike selling aftershave or something it will always be a quirky lifestyle choice.

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 10:53

Saying that for example Italy where the climate is more suited to bikes there are around 5 million two wheeled folk riding around compared to around 1.50 million here,(dont quote me on those figures only what I read). They love bikes over there and its much more mainstream and in the public consciousness.

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 11:03

lol 125 as supersport, did i waste my money getting the new r1 lol

Posted: 27/11/2013 at 19:55

Darren from South Wales here, I go to abbergaveny often and see this bike I nearly got one my self but I got a KTM supermoto instead and wow how much fun do I have :) all these sort of bikes are so much fun

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 19:14

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