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2020 UK motorcycle sales complete recovery as Lexmoto outsells Honda

A big boost in sales for December allows the market to make an almost entire recovery in 2020 compared with 2019 despite lockdown impact

Suzuki V-Strom 650

Sales of motorcycles and scooters in the United Kingdom made an almost complete recovery at the conclusion of 2020, ending the year just 3% shy of the 2019 total despite the impact of the coronavirus and various lockdown measures.

Buoyed by a remarkable end to the year in December that represented a huge +58% rise in sales compared with December 2019, a total of 104,612 PTWs (powered two-wheelers) were sold during the entire year, down just -2.6% on 2019 (107,408).

The figures represent a superb recovery for an industry that was left reeling by the effects of lockdown during periods of 2020, one that in May saw YTD (Year to Date) figures drop to as low as -30% down. By contrast, the four-wheel industry suffered its worst year for sales since 1943.

In December sales of motorcycles boomed by +54.8%, complemented by a +93.9% growth in scooter sales compared with the same month in 2019.

Assisted by deals across the manufacturers looking to clear stock ahead of incoming Euro5 regulations, save for the Sport/Tour category, there were big jumps YoY in all categories

This has cushioned the blow of lockdown measures, though it remains to be seen if the current strict measures will affect trading in the first months of 2021.

What were the best-selling motorcycles for December 2020?

Interestingly, Honda - which normally tops the sales charts in the UK - slid to third in the December 2020 ranking as scooter specialists Lexmoto rose to the fore with a huge jump in monthly sales of 1,875 units.

Meanwhile, Suzuki leapt from the bottom end of the top ten to second with 726 motorcycles sold during the month, ahead of Honda in third on 691 units, BMW (513) and KTM (440).

Lexmoto also had the best-selling PTW overall with the Lexmoto Enigma ZS 125 T-46 shifting 309 units, complemented by the ZSB topping the Custom rankings, the ISICA leading the naked category and the LXR 125 the best-selling supersport.

Among the larger displacement motorcycles, the BMW R 1250 GS Adventure and RT topped the Adventure Sport and Touring segments, with the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX retaining its position as the best-selling Sport/Tour bike for the month.

CATEGORYHIGHEST SELLING NEW REGISTRATIONSDec 2020
SCOOTER (MOPED)Yadea C-LIKE YD 1200 D-1197
OTHER (MOPED)Surron Light BEE24
SCOOTERLexmoto ENIGMA ZS 125 T-48309
SCOOTER TRIKEHonda GYROCANOPY21
ADVENTURE SPORTBMW R 1250 GS ADVENTURE125
CUSTOMLexmoto ZSB 125 EFi SK 125-8175
NAKEDLexmoto ISCA 125 SK 125-L240
SPORT/TOURKawasaki Ninja 1000 SX22
SUPERSPORTLexmoto LXR 125 SY 125-10236
TOURINGBMW R 1250 RT32
TRAIL/ENDUROKTM 300 EXC TP165
CATEGORYHIGHEST SELLING NEW REGISTRATIONSDec 2020
0-50ccYadea C-LIKE YD 1200 D-1197
51-125ccLexmoto ENIGMA ZS 125 T-48309
126-650ccSuzuki DL 650 V-STROM104
651-1000ccSuzuki GSX-S 750 Z PHANTOM181
1000cc +BMW R 1250 GS ADVENTURE125

RANKMAJOR BRANDSDec 2020
1LEXMOTO1,875
2SUZUKI726
3HONDA691
4BMW513
5KTM440
6YAMAHA380
7TRIUMPH274
8KAWASAKI222
9PIAGGIO212
10ROYAL ENFIELD195