New bike sales still dropping

February's figures: grey as the winter sky...

NEW motorcycle registrations in the UK continued their downward trajectory last month, with a 4.6% drop in bike sales year-on-year (compared to February 2012). A total of 3,660 bikes were registered in the month, compared to 3,835 during the same period a year ago.

Good performances from the Naked (+7.3%, to 591 units), Trail/Enduro (+35.2%, to 307) and Touring (+53.4%, to 89) segments were countered by the Sport/Tour (-46.4%, to 96 units), Adventure Sport (-15.9%, to 318) and Supersport (-16.2%, to 351) segments. Scooter and Custom registrations also took small hits.

In terms of engine capacity, only the 126-650cc band saw positive activity, with a 11.3% rise in sales. While the fall in sales of bigger bikes is not surprising, the usually strong 51-125cc band also suffered a small dip of 3%, shifting 1,685 units compared to 1,738 in February 2012. 

The best-selling models in many segments were Hondas: CBF125 (Naked & 51-125cc), PCX125 (Scooter), CRF250X (Trail/Enduro) and NC700X (651-1000cc). Predictably, Honda stayed at the top of the sales charts with 600 units, accounting for nearly a fifth of all UK two-wheeler sales, followed by Yamaha (455), Piaggo (247) and Triumph (182).

February's ranking of top ten manufacturers includes three Chinese-bike brands - Lexmoto, Direct Bikes and Pulse, at No. 6, 7 and 9 respectively, together accounting for 406 sales. Pulse's Scout 50 was the month's best-selling scooter, while its Adrenaline 125 led in the Adventure Sport segment. 

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