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Bike sales shoot up

Published: 06 May 2005

Updated: 19 November 2014

The motorcycle market looks like it is bouncing back with overall sales in April showing a massive seven percent increase on last year.

The figures, provided by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), show that people are starting to buy more bikes and despite the trend away from sports bikes the drop in sales of superbikes has really slowed down.

The biggest growing area in the UK is Adventure bikes like the KTM Adventure and the BMW R1200GS.

The off-road styled bikes started to grow in popularity last year and have continued to rocket in numbers with a massive 46 per cent rise when you compare April 2005 with April last year.

The other big growth areas are naked bikes, with the massive influx of new models, and cruisers, which grew by 40 percent.

The sports touring market has continued its static position, while the sports bike market was the hardest hit with sales down nine percent as people start to turn to alternatives like the R1200GS and Triumph Speed Triple.

Sports bikes are still the largest individual market though with the Honda Fireblade and Suzuki GSX-R1000 still the top selling bikes in the UK and sports bikes dominating the top ten.

Top ten selling bikes in April:

Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

Suzuki GSX-R1000


Honda CBR125R

Yamaha YZF-R1

Suzuki GSX-R600

Yamaha YZF-R6

Honda CBR600RR

Honda SCV100 Lead

Kawasaki ZX-6R

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