DOWN AGAIN: September motorcycle sales show more decline

At this point we’ve pretty much run out of words to describe the situation.

It’s ‘September UK new registration statistic’ time and it makes for more, miserable reading. As it looks as if we won’t even have a motorcycle industry soon, we’re not sure that we’ve got the energy left to write much more about the constant sales decline. So rather than put any effort in, here is our quick takeaway list of the sad, sad situation:

  • Mopeds: DOWN -20.2%
  • Adventure Sport: UP by 0.5%
  • Custom: DOWN -18.1%
  • Naked: DOWN -9.4%
  • Scooter: DOWN -28.4%
  • Sport/Tour: DOWN -26.2%
  • Supersport: DOWN -26.2%
  • Touring: DOWN -3.4%
  • Enduro: DOWN -13%
  • Unspecified: DOWN -27.5%
  • TOTAL: DOWN -15.4%

So the sales in the Adventure Sport category are literally the only positive takeaway from another sorry month of UK new bike sales – and that’s with a figure that is basically stagnant.

If anyone has any ideas as to how we can improve motorcycling, and the advancement of two-wheeled travel in general, please feel free to share them – because at the moment with everything in this constantly state of  numb decline and status-quo that we’re in, it’s not looking like anyone else has any plans to rescue anything.

Source: Motorcycle Trader via MCIA




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    Ju Terr

    October 6, 2017 at 14:20

    Why is it? Too many regulations? Are the motorcycles getting too expensive in EU?

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    Simon Gunton

    October 6, 2017 at 14:47

    I’m sure this is down to the recent spate of thefts happening at the moment

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    Alan Elsworth

    October 6, 2017 at 14:51

    @MCIATweets Not nice reading at all :-(

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    October 6, 2017 at 15:41

    @MCIATweets Also Economy down which may part explain. People who need car can’t afford bike in hard…

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    October 6, 2017 at 15:44

    Many reasons, cost, the condition of the roads isn’t helping!

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    October 6, 2017 at 15:52

    That’s mostly in the south so we doubt that’d affect the rest of the UK that much.

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    Simon Gunton

    October 6, 2017 at 16:16

    I was reading there were a lot of them in the midlands and higher up

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    October 6, 2017 at 17:20

    Oooooh we’ll gonna see now. Interesting

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    Dragoljub Jovancic

    October 6, 2017 at 20:20

    Price tags strke back.

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    Jack Rickett

    October 7, 2017 at 16:38

    Might have something to do with the lack of new riders because of how many test that are required just to get the full licence.

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    October 8, 2017 at 17:18

    Another excellent point. We all know the point of the A1, 2, 3, 4 & 1,000,000 classes is to choke motorcycling.

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    Jack Meoph

    October 11, 2017 at 22:00

    Who ever chose the pic to go along with the article should get his lunch paid for. And I have no ideas about getting more people to go two-wheels. Maybe the first 5 speeding tickets get dismissed?

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    October 27, 2017 at 12:45

    I’m a new rider via DAS. Getting a test slot was a PITA even in the colder/wetter months.

    We are in recession. Everyone knows it, but no one wants to say it.
    During recessions, the price of what you need rises; the price of what you want falls as non-discretionary spending squeezes discretionary spending
    Motorbikes fall into the latter category for most people.
    New riders are buying old and also older bikes. Perhaps older riders are not replacing the bikes they let go, due to the reasoning above.

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