New motorcycle and scooter sales begin to bounce back

New motorcycle sales have been strong in the last month, with the total number of PTWs sold just down on the same period last year

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THE MCIA has released its new motorcycle and scooter sales data for March 2021, and while it doesn’t show a total return to normal as we move out of lockdown, the early signs are promising.

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According to the MCIA’s stats, Powered Two Wheelers (PTWs and the collective name for all motorcycles and scooters) are still the transport of choice for commuters looking to get off public transport and onto something more socially distanced.

Specifically, scooter sales were up 26.2 percent in the same period last year, while new motorcycle sales ended just over 1,400 units down on the same period. It is worth noting that for much of March 2020, the UK still wasn’t in a full lockdown, unlike 2021 when many retail businesses including motorcycle dealerships were forced to close.

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Those jumping onto the new breed of electrically powered scooters and motorcycles have been highlighted by the MCIA data, with March registrations up a whopping 151.5 percent year-on-year. That statistic is covering full-size electric motorcycles and smaller, cheaper electric scooters.

The highest seller in March 2021 was the highly successful Yamaha NMax 125, with 813 units sold. Also selling well is the new Triumph Trident 660 with 306 units of the quick and classy roadster shifted.

The best selling manufacturer was, fairly predicably Honda, with 1,768 units shifted in March alone. The total number of new bike registrations in March 2021 topped 12,268, 20% down on the same period last year, but looking good for a strong 2021.