Bikes slowly pick­ing up pace

Two-wheel buy­ers are drag­ging their feet, writes Stu­art Martin

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorbikes -

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.

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