UK Motorcycle registrations in March sucked

Almost every category of motorcycle and two-wheeler is down on February.

Unless you were selling Trail or Enduro bikes, the month of March was a pretty lousy one for new bike registrations here in the UK.

The off-road category was the only one to show an increase on the previous month with a 9.6% growth. Whilst the next ‘best’ performing type of motorcycle registration was the ‘Naked’ category with a drop of 4.2% compared to March 2017.

Once again the biggest hit were the ‘Supersports’ with a whopping 28.2% drop over the previous calendar month. And March has three more days than February too!

Elsewhere there is a little good news for certain makes and models.

The Triumph Bobber recorded 129 new registrations for February – and that was with it only just hitting the showrooms.


And once again, BMW are shifting the units with the S1000XR (198) and R1200GS (372) being amongst the top three, highest registered models. Honda’s perennial PCX125 was in third (259).


Top Ten Manufacturers by Brand for March 2017 (UK registrations)

  1. Honda: 2,904
  2. BMW: 2,101
  3. Yamaha: 1,666
  4. Triumph: 1,539
  5. Kawasaki: 1,156
  6. Harley-Davidson: 798
  7. Ducati: 581
  8. Suzuki: 481
  9. KTM: 435
  10. Piaggio: 399


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    Peter Edward

    April 7, 2017 at 15:02

    Poorly informed and totally unresearched comment:
    Is it partly because there just aren’t many exciting new bikes at the moment?
    From what I’ve seen in my vastly uninformed experience, there’s very little new metal about to tempt people into a new registration. Last year’s GSXR will do just fine, thanks very much.
    And the interesting ones that do exist aren’t actually available yet (R6, SuperSport, Spitfire).

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    April 7, 2017 at 16:44

    It’s certainly possible that people are holding out for the newer models. Some – like the Triumph Bobber – have hit the showrooms and are showing numbers shifted.

    That said – 2016’s equivalent numbers seemed to be a lot more positive ( but again, without checking the bikes vs availability etc it’s hard to make a sound judgement.

    It’s sunnier now though so maybe it’s just been a slow awakening after winter for everything in the UK? :)

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    April 7, 2017 at 22:04

    @MCIATweets Not sure what your weather has been like but with all the great new machines in showrooms, I’m surprised

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    April 9, 2017 at 19:28

    And yet the japs only continue to update the most useless kind of motorcycles (supersports). Unbelievable. Make 400+cc dual-sports/lightweight adventure bikes and they’ll sell like hot-cakes, until then, long live Beta/KTM.

    Spoiler alert – 2018 Honda’s 50th anniversary announcement “ALL BIKES GET COMPLETELY NEW, NEVER BEFORE SEEN….COLORS…also Special Edition Honda NM4 now available in pink”

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    James Trivett

    April 15, 2017 at 08:42

    As a consumer, what has put me off is the 10% price increase on most bikes, THAT is the reason sales are down.

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    James Trivett

    April 30, 2017 at 15:03

    it’s the price hikes and crap PCP rates that are slowing sales.

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