Road bikes step up a gear
Sports machines lose ground to learner models
LEARNER and lifestyle bikes again held their lead over sports machines, based on the first six months of motorcycle sales.
Figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show the budget Honda CBR250R is the bestselling motorbike to date this year with 1258 sales. In second place, but more than 300 units adrift, is Kawasaki’s Ninja 250.
Many riders start learning off road, which is why three 50cc ‘‘ kids’ bikes’’ are also in the top 10 sellers, along with a trio of adult dirt bikes.
Australians bought 51,952 motorcycles to June 30, a rise of 2.6 per cent on the same time last year.
Road bikes accounted for most of the growth, with sportsbikes still out of favour.
The 295 sales of Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR puts it on top of the super sports category, but it was beaten by three Harley-Davidsons— the Fat Bob, Fat Boy and Dyna Wide Glide— in terms of outright sales.
Yamaha’s WR450F is the off-road sensation, selling 798 units so far this year— 167 bikes up on the second-most popular dirt bike, Honda’s CRF230F.
If Yamaha owns the dirt bike segment, Honda leads in the learner and ATV markets.
Beside the all-conquering CBR250R, the company’s CB125E sits in fifth place overall with 632 sales, while 810 units of the four-wheeled TRX250 have found homes this year. That is more than twice the number of the next-best ATV, CF Moto’s CF500.
The Honda trio are a large part of the reason Honda is the dominant bike maker with 11,788 sales against 8692 bikes wearing Yamaha badges.
But all the Japanese bike makers— and the Europeans — should take note of the Chinese onslaught.
CF Moto’s 903 sales were just two shy of knocking Ducati out of the top 10, thanks to its value-for-money approach.
The company is earning converts on road bikes and ATVs— and farmers are a tough mob to satisfy.
Budget buy: The Honda CBR250R is Australia’s No.1 selling motorcycle