Slow start for sales in January

More grim reading for the industry after a significant drop on last year

THOSE hoping for a new year bounce-back after a flat 2012 will be disappointed, as MCIA new registrations statistics for January of this year reveal few winners. 

Although January was a better month than December 2012 (with 393 more bikes sold), there was still a 14% drop in two-wheeler registrations year-on-year, down from 4,759 in Jan 2012 to 4,092 in Jan 2013. 

Sales of Adventure Sport and Supersport bikes were down 28% and 28.6% respectively on Jan 2012. (Adventure Sport, the biggest loser in terms of sector, was also the second-largest fall in December 2012, dropping 12.3%). 

The wooden spoon capacity-wise goes to the 651-1000cc bracket, where sales fell 23.4% on the same time last year, while the best-selling category remains 51-125cc, despite a 12.7% drop over the same period. 

The only positive figures for this period were in the Touring sector, with a 1.1% increase, and the Trail/Enduro sector, up by 29.9%. 

January's leading manufacturer was Honda, with 841 bikes sold (helped, no doubt, by having by far and away the two biggest selling bikes, both in the 125cc capacity - the CBF 125 and PCX 125), followed fairly distantly by Yamaha with 433.

Lexmoto continued its impressive climb, becoming the fifth best-selling manufacturer of the month with 174 new registrations, compared with eighth place in the December 2012 tables. 

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