Motorcycle industry say '2010 not all bad news'

Despite poor sales, overall interest in motorcycling remains strong

MOTORCYLE SALES started 41% down in 2010 but by the end of the year were only 14% down, compared to 2009's figures.

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) say that despite the drop, there is a growing interest in the use of bikes for commuting, with sub-125cc bikes gaining a 10% increase in market shares and scooters showing a 9% increase.

Government statistics show that there were 1.3 million motorcycles licensed for use on the road in 2010, a significant increase of 77% since 1995.

Steve Kenward, MCIA’s CEO commented, “The industry as a whole is not in decline. It currently employs 65,000 people and generates annual turnover of more than £2 billion to the UK economy.”

Fingers crossed we've seen the end of the decline and we'll see some growth in 2011.

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