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UK motorcycle sales dip in May

UK motorcycle sales have fallen for the first time in 2019 following an impressive Q1.

According to data published by the BMF Corporate Members and the MCIA motorcycle registrations have dipped.  

During May last year, 10,932 motorcycles were sold, but in May 2019 sales fell to 10,871 - a small but unexpected decrease of 0.6%. These figures come as a bit of a shock, as the first quarter of 2019 has seen some impressive growth.

The category of motorcycle most affected in May was touring bikes, which saw a 25.4% decrease in sales; as well as custom bikes which fell by 24.9%.

Unsurprising, the scooter market is still booming (growing by 16.6%), with Honda PCX 125 leading the way. Also, there’s hope for the supersport market which saw growth of 2.6%. So, it’s not all doom and gloom.

For 2019 sales are still up 7% on last year, but an unwelcome 0.6% dip in May will no doubt make dealers cautious moving forward - as summer is normally their busiest time.

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