UK Motorcycle Sales | Strong start sees 2022 sales surge clear of 2021

National lockdown measures 12 months ago mean sales of motorcycles in the UK have boomed for the first two months of 2022

Honda NT1100


Sales of motorcycles in the UK have made a strong start in 2022 with figures showing a 70% increase overall after the first two months of the year.

Taking advantage of the unaffected social conditions a year after the UK entered a third national lockdown due to COVID-19 for part of January and the entirety of February, it means sales figures in 2022 have galloped ahead in traditionally slow months.

Coming ahead of the latest new registration switch in March, sales of motorcycles were up 81.7% from 2,868 units to 5,212.

All sectors saw at least double - in some cases triple - digit growth year-on-year, which after a strong January too means overall sales are 11,399 units - 70.1% on the 6,702 units sold in 2021 over the first two months.

The growth was stimulated further by gains on the electric front with sales up 79.6%, mostly for scooters, namely one of the best-selling models of the month in total, the Super Soco CPx.

Best-selling motorcycles in the UK for February 2022

Broken down into brand, Honda enjoyed a very strong start to the year with 1,340 of its models being shifted and the Honda PCX reigning supreme as the month’s best-selling model, deposing the 2021 best-seller outright, the Yamaha NMax.

Behind Honda, sales were more competitively fought with a number of notable manufacturers making strides into the top ten… and others missing out.

Yamaha held onto its traditional second place spot but by just three units from small-capacity specialists Lexmoto, while Triumph - helped by the Trident 660 - held firm in fourth from BMW and KTM.

Royal Enfield enjoyed a stellar month, stimulated by the ongoing success of the Meteor 350 and Interceptor 650 - while Vmoto, parent company of Super Soco, were eighth on the strength of the CPx, which accounted for 125 of its 148 sales. Aprilia and SYM rounded out the top ten.

It means the likes of Kawasaki and Suzuki failed to make the overall leaderboard.

Elsewhere, another notable name on the best-sellers list was the Honda NT 1100, which out-sold the BMW R 1250 GS and GS Adventure to be the best-selling 1000cc-plus motorcycle of February.

CATEGORYHIGHEST SELLING REGISTRATIONSFeb 2022
SCOOTER (MOPED)Yadea GSL100
OTHER (MOPED)Surron LIGHT BEE25
SCOOTERHonda PCX 125309
SCOOTER TRIKEPiaggio MP3 300 SPORT16
MODERN CLASSICRoyal Enfield INTERCEPTOR 65032
ADVENTUREHonda CRF 300 L58
CUSTOMRoyal Enfield METEOR 35066
NAKEDHonda CBF 125 M96
SPORTLexmoto LXR 12548
TOURINGHonda NT 110075
CATEGORYHIGHEST SELLING REGISTRATIONSFeb 2022
0-50ccLexmoto ECHO 5033
51-125ccHonda PCX 125309
126-650ccRoyal Enfield METEOR 65066
651-1000ccYamaha MT-07 ABS44
1000cc +Honda NT 110075
ELECTRIC BANDHIGHEST SELLING REGISTRATIONSFeb 2022
Under 1kWKeeway E-ZI MINI8
1-4kWVmoto SUPER SOCO CPX125
4-11kWMultiple3
11-15kWBMW CE 041
15-35kWZero FX ZF7 21
Over 35kWEnergica EVA RIBELLE3
RANKMAJOR BRANDSFeb 2022
1HONDA1,340
2YAMAHA372
2LEXMOTO369
4TRIUMPH256
5BMW208
6KTM174
7ROYAL ENFIELD158
8VMOTO148
9APRILIA137
9=SYM137