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UK Motorcycle Sales: Double digit growth, Royal Enfield star in June

The new Royal Enfield Meteor 350 and Yamaha Tracer 9 make a big impression on the June 2021 UK sales charts and figures overall continue to grow

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Sales of motorcycles in the UK continued their upward trend in June, lifting year to date sales up to a huge growth of 31% at the mid-way stage of 2021.

With June 2020 signalling the easing of the first lengthy lockdown and June 2021 getting towards ‘normality’ following the latest restriction measures, the two months provide a relatively even like-for-like comparison.

However, as with March, April and May, sales of ‘Powered Two Wheelers’ (PTW) continued to grow into the summer months with overall gains of 11.2% over the same period a year earlier, according to the MCIA.

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In total, 14,863 PTWs found homes in June 2021, compared with 13,361 PTWs in June 2020.

It strengthens what is already a sizeable gain over 2020 - when the market was hit badly by the closing of dealerships for two months because of COVID-19 - to growth of 31.4% year-on-year. It means 58,105 PTWs have been sold during the first half of 2021, compared with 44,206 in 2020.

The electric sector continued its vast growth with June 2021 alone seeing a 155.2% gain on June 2020, allowing for a 210.3% gain in the year to date.

The biggest selling motorcycles in the UK for June 2021

Honda, as ever, maintained its comfortable position at the top of the sales charts with 2,661 models flying out of the showrooms in June, well clear of Yamaha in second on 1,901 units sold.

Yamaha is coming increasingly under threat for its usually safe second spot with both BMW and Triumph posting good months with 1,464 and 1,278 models sold, the latter firm continuing to do great business off the back of the popular Trident 660.

Kawasaki rounds out the top five from Lexmoto, KTM, Ducati, Royal Enfield and Suzuki completing the top ten.

Indeed, arguably the stand out performer of the month was Royal Enfield, who topped two segments - Custom and Modern Classic - with the brand-new Meteor 350 performing well in its first months to lead the former and the Interceptor yet again leading the latter.

The biggest-selling PTW was the Yamaha NMAX 125, while the Honda CBF 125 M was the best-selling motorcycle. Of the 600cc and higher, the BMW R 1250 GS Adventure rules the roost, though it is closely challenged by the new Yamaha Tracer 9.

CATEGORYHIGHEST SELLING NEW REGISTRATIONSJun 2021
SCOOTER (MOPED)Lexmoto CYPHER ZS 1500 D-226
OTHER (MOPED)Surron LIGHT BEE46
SCOOTERYamaha NMAX 125781
SCOOTER TRIKEYamaha TRICITY 30020
ADVENTURE SPORTBMW R 1250 GS ADVENTURE251
CUSTOMRoyal Enfield METEOR 350110
NAKEDHonda CBF 125 M310
SPORT/TOURLexmoto LXR 125157
TOURINGBMW R 1250 RT110
CATEGORYHIGHEST SELLING NEW REGISTRATIONSJun 2021
0-50ccYadea C-LIKE YD 1200 D-11A121
51-125ccYamaha NMAX 125761
126-650ccRoyal Enfield INTERCEPTOR INT 650178
651-1000ccYamaha TRACER 9 GT160
1000cc +BMW R 1250 GS ADVENTURE251
RANKMAJOR BRANDSJun 2021
1HONDA2,661
2YAMAHA1,901
3BMW1,464
4TRIUMPH1,278
5KAWASAKI871
6LEXMOTO629
7KTM590
8DUCATI514
9ROYAL ENFIELD508
10SUZUKI445