New registrations on the rise thanks to Naked bikes

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.
  • 11% increase in new registrations year to date
  • 54,000 new bikes registered between 1st Jan and 30th June
  • Highest increase seen in Naked category
  • Sub-50cc scooters sales are down

It’s good news for motorcycle dealers and the industry as a whole as statistics released by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) show new motorcycle registrations have increased by 11% for the first half of this year versus the same period last year with 54,000 new bikes registered in the 6 months to the end of June 2014.

The category which has seen the highest growth in the 12 months is the Naked bike section which has seen a huge 27.5% increase which represents more than 4,000 additional sales. This coincides with the influx and popularity of the new, un-faired models entering the market from all major manufacturers including BMW’s S1000R and RnineT, the Honda CB650F, Kawasaki’s Z800 and the new MT range from Yamaha.

This brings the total for the 12 months up to end of June 2014 to more than 97,000, an increase of 7% on the previous 12 month period.

Honda CB650F and Yamaha MT-09, just two of the latest batch of naked bikes

Rather unsurprisingly, the highest registering engine band continues to be 51-125cc section which accounts for more than 1 in 3 (37%) of all new motorcycle registrations over the past 12 months. Yet despite this statistic, new sub-50cc scooter sales have seen a decrease of 13% over the same period versus the 12 months to the end of Jun 2013.

BMW leads the way in the 'Alternative Power' category with 11 registrations of their £13,500 C Evolution in the past 6 months.

Here are the Top 10 Selling Models from 1st January - 30th June 2014:



 CBF 125 M



 R 1200 GS



 PCX 125



 YZF R125



 NSC 110



 YBR 125



 Z1000 SX



 R 1200 GS Adventure



 NC 750 X



 CBR 125 R

The best selling Honda CBF125

To read a review on many of the above models, click here for the Bike Social Review section.

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