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UK Motorcycle Sales | September sales dip but 2021 gains remain on target

Despite a small dip in September, overall UK motorcycles sales figures at the end of the third quarter put the industry on course for strong 2021 overall

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Sales of motorcycles in the United Kingdom remain on course to be at their most buoyant since 2018 despite a slight dip in sales for September 2021 compared with last year.

While figures couldn’t compete with those of 12 months ago when the UK was still experiencing a boom of sales in the wake of the COVID lockdown coming to an end, the slide was minimal with the introduction of the ‘61 plates’ stimulating sales further..

Sales dipped by -7.5% across larger motorcycles and scooters, with all segments suffering a dip across the board with the exception of scooters, which were boosted by the increasing popularity of EV models, which is now up a huge 143% year-to-date compared with 2020.

Overall, the industry maintains a healthy lead over 2020 sales during the same nine month period at the end of the third quarter, with the 92,574 units shifted. This represents a 13.1% increase over last year’s 81,876.

More representative though is the gains over 2019 prior to COVID striking with 89,283 motorcycles being sold up to the end of September.

The biggest selling motorcycles in the UK during September 2021

Honda continued its reign at the head of the sales charts, the Japanese firm enjoying a buoyant month on the back of the registration plate switch, shifting double the units of BMW, which enjoyed a strong month to rise to second overall.

Triumph maintained its momentum of late with 1,141 models leaving its showrooms in September, putting it ahead of Yamaha in fourth place.

Entry-level specialists Lexmoto held fifth overall, with Suzuki in sixth following a noticeable lift in sales that placed it ahead of main rivals Kawasaki. KTM, Royal Enfield and Piaggio rounded out the top ten.

At segment level, the Honda PCX 125 scooter took over from the Yamaha NMAX as the best-selling two-wheel model outright, with the Honda CB 125 R the best selling motorcycle.

Among larger engine models (600cc + ) the BMW R 1250 reigned supreme with the RT and GS Adventure topping their respective Touring and Adventure categories.

CATEGORYHIGHEST SELLING NEW REGISTRATIONSSep 2021
SCOOTER (MOPED)Lexmoto ECHO 5057
OTHER (MOPED)Surron LIGHT BEE58
SCOOTERHonda PCX 125557
SCOOTER TRIKEPiaggio MP3 300 SPORT27
MODERN CLASSICTriumph SPEED TWIN117
ADVENTUREBMW R 1250 GS Adventure254
CUSTOMKeeway SUPERLIGHT149
NAKEDHonda CBF 125 R305
SPORTLexmoto LXR 125156
TOURINGBMW R 1250 RT91
CATEGORYHIGHEST SELLING NEW REGISTRATIONSSep 2021
0-50ccVmoto SUPER SOCO CPX125
51-125ccHonda PCX 125557
126-650ccSuzuki V-STROM 650147
651-1000ccTriumph TRIDENT158
1000cc +BMW R 1250 GS ADVENTURE254
RANKMAJOR BRANDSSep 2021
1HONDA2,602
2TRIUMPH1,312
2BMW1,141
4YAMAHA1,105
5LEXMOTO751
6SUZUKI594
7KAWASAKI591
8KTM546
9ROYAL ENFIELD405
10PIAGGIO358