UK motorcycle sales and registrations surge again in October

The UK motorcycle industry has again seen growth, as new motorcycle sales across the board hit new highs in October

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THE Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has reported that new motorcycle sales and registrations have again grown in October.

The figures show that bike sales and registrations have continued on the upward trend that began as lockdown restrictions eased, with sales and registrations of powered two-wheelers climbing by 24.3% compared to the same period last year.

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October saw the total number of powered two-wheelers (the collective name for motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, and tricycles) climb to 8,856 units. That number if made up of 5,990 new motorcycles and 2,866 scooters.

The data, which can be found here, also shows a massive increase in the number of people turning to electric motorcycles. With the biggest jump being seen in the Over 35kW category. That area of the market saw growth of 122.2 percent in October when compared year on year. The next best performing electric market segment was the 1-4kW sector, with a 120.7 percent increase.

There are some big names in the top-ten most sold bikes by segment too, with Yamaha scooping best-selling adventure bike with the Ténéré 700, Kawasaki being the best selling sport tourer and the BMW R 1250 RT being the best-selling touring motorcycle of October.

With sales and registrations of new motorcycles again on the rise in October, the trend to shun public transport and move to a more socially distanced form of commuting seems to still be at the forefront of many people’s minds. Whether that trend continues into November – when many dealerships look set to close – remains to be seen.

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