UK motorcycle sales continue their upward trend. The UK Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) said two-wheeler sales and registrations rose 21.6% in October in October.
Year after year almost all segments of sales and registrations of two-wheelers with engines have increased significantly. All segments except touring and sport touring are in double digits. Supersport, adventure sports, scooter and naked machines lead the way with year-on-year increases of 35.1%, 30.1%, 25.7% and 23.7% respectively. On the other side of the coin, sales of touring and sport / touring bikes are down 16.7% and 5.1%, respectively.
Unfortunately, the picture is not quite rosy yet. Since the beginning of the year, sales of two-wheelers in 2020 have been 6.9% below sales in 2019. With the exception of scooter sales, almost all two-wheeler segments with drive have failed. They have already increased by 7.4% compared to the previous year.
So there is still a long way to go before the numbers for 2020 match or exceed the previous year’s figures. However, given the extreme impact of COVID on global manufacturing, it is quite an accomplishment that two-wheeler sales are so good.
You may recall that when the pandemic began, some manufacturers predicted a sales apocalypse. Many sales fell by more than 30% early on, with worse results forecasted.
It is interesting to note that the scooter segment is the only powered two-wheeler segment available for the entire year. This seems to suggest that instead of using public transport, people are having and turning to scooters for their commute. It will be interesting to see if the larger two-wheeler segments can make a profit in 2020 despite the impact of COVID.
We will see.