More 'commuter' motorcycles sold during 2015 than for the past 30 years
Friday 8th January 2016
motorcycles sold during 2015 than for the past 30 years
Figures to be released today will show that more 'commuter
sized' motorcycles and scooters were sold during 2015 than for any other year
since comparative records began in 1983.
The Motorcycle Industry Association, which collates new
registration data for the industry, will also report that total registrations
for bikes of all sizes were more than 12% up on 2014.
During 2015 more than 43,700 new motorcycles (including
scooters) between 101-125cc were sold. Exact figures will be adjusted
later today (Friday 8th January). This sized motorcycle is
very popular for commuting and also includes the scooter style.
Total registrations for 2015 for all sized motorcycles and
mopeds will exceed 114,000, which is the highest annual total since 2008.
Steve Kenward, CEO of the MCIA, says news about sales
of new motorcycles between 101-125cc is consistent with anecdotal evidence that
commuting via motorcycle is becoming more popular:
"We're seeing an increase in sales of new motorcycles of all
sizes, but our records show that we've never seen as many bikes of this size
sold before. We think it is likely that they are being used for
commuting, as they are economical to run and easy to park.
"Motorcycle dealers have been reporting an increase in
families swapping a second car for a motorcycle, to beat the misery of sitting
in traffic during rush hour. Motorcycles and scooters can filter through
slow moving traffic and are tremendous fun, with riders tending to rate their
commute more enjoyable than other transport users”.*
Sales of new motorcycles of all sizes fell dramatically
during the recession, but recovery began during 2011, when the sale of small
motorcycles began to rise along with petrol prices.
The rise for new sales in 2015 builds on an increase of 10%
Steve Kenward predicts total sales will continue to
"We anticipate 2016 will see further growth on 2015 numbers
and predict sales of around 124,000, which we will refine further during the
* The Office for
National Statistics conducted a one-off survey examining the impact of
commuting patterns on people's levels of anxiety, happiness and satisfaction.
This showed that for journeys up to 30 minutes there was no effect on levels of
happiness or anxiety for those who rode a motorcycle, moped or scooters to
work. In contrast – for journeys between 15 and 30 minutes - those who walk,
cycle, drive a car or take the bus – all experience an adverse increase in some
or all of the factors measured.
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