Bikes slowly picking up pace
Two-wheel buyers are dragging their feet, writes Stuart Martin
SALES of motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles remain down but are improving, according to figures released last week. The motorcycle market has failed to bounce back as quickly as the motor vehicle market but the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) says there are positive signs for two-wheeled and all-terrain-vehicles (ATVs).
FCAI figures show 73,749 motorcycles, scooters and ATVs were sold to the end of September, down 10.7 per cent for the same period last year. This indicates a narrowing of the gap as sales for the first six months of the year were 12.1 per cent down on the same period in 2009.
Motor vehicle sales have rebounded better with a 14.5 per cent increase over last year.
FCAI chief executive Andrew McKellar said there had been a slight improvement in the past three months..
Unlike last year, road-bikes remain the most popular segment in this year’s marketplace, with 27,978 sales, though down by 10.4 per cent; off-roader sales total 25,482 sales, a 13.3 per cent drop.
Sales of ATVs were down by 10.3 per cent to 12,738 and scooter sales were down 3.4 per cent to 7551 sales.
Tracking: road bikes were the best sellers.