Bike sales up for 05

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Motorcycle sales in 2005 have received a much-needed boost, halting a four-year downward trend.

While scooter and car sales are still suffering, the total number of new bikes sold in the UK, not including scooters, went up by 5 per cent to an impressive 92,711, according to the Motorcycle Industry Association.

Scooters still count for a massive 30 percent of all two-wheelers registered in 2005, the biggest segment of the market, but that’s 11 percent down on 2004.

The market as a whole, including both scooters and bikes, finished 1 per cent down on last year but this is the first time in four years there hasn’t been a significant decline. It also compares favourably to car sales, which dropped five per cent last year.

The biggest growing areas were learner bikes, up 4.2 per cent, and bikes over 1000cc, up 17.2 per cent, but still the biggest non-scooter segment is sports bikes with more than 35,000 sold in the UK last year.

The best selling bike of the year was Honda’s learner legal CBR125R.

Click the link below to read the full stats and see if your bike made it in to the top 10.

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MCN Staff

By MCN Staff