Figures released by the Motor Cycle Industry Association for September show a reovery in demand after a poor summer.
Sales in September were 21.2 per cent lower than the same month last year, an improvement on the markets performance in August when a 30.5 per cent fall was recorded.
Total registrations of powered two wheelers (PTWs) last month were 12,941, compared with 16,430 a year ago.
The Naked bike sector returned to growth last month recording a 3.4 per cent increase in registrations compared to September 2008 and a 35.4 per cent increase in market share.
The most popular model in this category is Honda’s new CBF 125 M, closely followed by the Yamaha YBR 125.
Between them these two learner legal, commuter friendly models have taken on fith of the market share within the Naked style, with a combined total of 3,788 registrations year to date.
The three most popular style of new motorcycles registered in September were Naked (2,471). followed by Scooter (1,983) and Spersport (1,930)).
The biggest selling bike in September was the Yamaha YBR 125, with 328 registrations.
Yamaha was the biggest selling manufacturer with 2,233 new registrations, closely followed by Suzuki (1,875) and Honda with 1,764.
Sheila Rainger, MCI’s director of communications said
“The market has done well against the extremely testing conditions of economic uncertainty, poor weather and high profile problems with new motorcycle test.
“Continued strong performance in the learner and commuter sectors demonstrates again that people are interested in a budget friendly, flexible and convenient means of transport.”