END-OF-YEAR figures from the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) show that more ‘commuter sized’ motorcycles and scooters were sold during 2015 than for any other year since comparative records began in 1983.
During 2015 more than 43,700 new motorcycles (including scooters) between 101-125cc were sold. If that range is expanded to include all bikes up to 125cc, the total jumps to 53,203.
Total registrations during 2015 for motorcycles and mopeds of all capacities reached 114,160 - the highest annual total since 2008.
Sales of new motorcycles of all sizes fell dramatically during the recession, but recovery began during 2011. The rise for new sales in 2015 builds on an increase of 10% for 2014.
Steve Kenward, CEO of the MCIA, says news about sales of new motorcycles between 101-125cc is consistent with anecdotal evidence that commuting via motorcycle is becoming more popular. Commenting in a press release, he said:
‘We’re seeing an increase in sales of new motorcycles of all sizes, but our records show that we’ve never seen as many bikes of this size sold before. We think it is likely that they are being used for commuting, as they are economical to run and easy to park.
‘Motorcycle dealers have been reporting an increase in families swapping a second car for a motorcycle, to beat the misery of sitting in traffic during rush hour. Motorcycles and scooters can filter through slow moving traffic and are tremendous fun, with riders tending to rate their commute more enjoyable than other transport users.’