Good news! New bike registrations grow by 1.5% in 2019

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Figures released this morning by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) have shown a 1.5% increase in bike sales across 2019.

A total of 107,408 motorcycles, scooters and Powered Light Vehicles (lightweight scooters, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles, usually with zero or low-emission power) were registered in 2019, which is up from 105,816 in the previous year.

Although this overall increase has been a continual trend since the financial crisis, the areas of growth in these latest stats can only be seen amongst low-capacity machines.

In the 0-50cc category, sales increased from 5640 to 6764, representing largest boost at 19.9%. The second biggest change came amongst 126-650cc bikes, which jumped up by 12.2% from 20,016 to 22,451.

The only other category of growth was 51-125cc machines, which are up by 0.2%, going from 33,790 sales to 33,874. Bikes from 651-1000cc are down by 7.9%, with machines over 1000cc also losing 0.3%.

Speaking about the findings, MCIA Communications Manager, Nick Broomhall said: "With many retail markets reporting a downturn for 2019, it’s great to see that the stats for the Powered Two Wheeler world show a growth of 1.5% against 2018, with 107,408 new bikes and scooters registered last year.

"21,068 bikes over 1000cc found new homes with bike fans, while an increase in the number of smaller capacity machines registered, shows that more and more people are getting the message that PTWs are an important solution to traffic congestion and air quality problems."

Despite registrations being down on larger capacity machines, a number of bigger bikes actually appear as top 10 UK best sellers for last year, with BMW’s R1250GS and R1250GS Adventure taking third and fourth spot respectively with a total sales figure of 3600 units combined.

The overall best-seller was Honda’s PCX125, which amassed 2840 sales. Finishing behind that was the Yamaha NMAX 125, with 1924 bikes leaving showrooms last year. The full list can be found below.

  Model Registrations Market share
1 Honda PCX 125  2840  2.6%
2 Yamaha NMAX 125  1924  1.8%
3 BMW R1250GS  1827  1.7%
4 BMW R1250GS Adventure  1773  1.7%
5 Honda CB125F  1572  1.5%
6 Honda Vision 110  1546  1.4%
7 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650  1472  1.4%
8 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin  1276  1.2%
9 Honda CB125R  1106  1%
10 Yamaha MT-07  1037  1%

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade