Can’t knock the post­man

Herald Sun - Motoring - - TWO WHEELS - CRAIG DUFF

AUS­TRALIA Post has de­liv­ered Honda a thirdquar­ter sales re­sult well ahead of its ri­vals, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est sales fig­ures.

Honda still heads the road bike pack, largely due to the reg­is­tra­tion of 2166 CT110X postie bikes.

The re­vised CT110X is still the most popular bike in the coun­try, fol­lowed by the learner-le­gal duo of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Honda CBR500R.

A to­tal of 32,416 road bikes were sold in the first nine months of 2014, rep­re­sent­ing a 3 per cent in­crease on the same time last year.

Har­ley-David­son’s bot­tom line mir­rored that trend with 3 per cent growth, aided by sell­ing nine of the top 10 in the cruiser seg­ment. That lifted the US brand to sec­ond out­right for sales of road bikes.

The ar­rival early next year of a learner-com­pli­ant Street 500 model will usher the company into a vol­ume area it hasn’t played in be­fore.

Kawasaki and Suzuki regis­tered big falls in road bike sales, in the or­der of 17 per cent and 20 per cent re­spec­tively. Team Green’s slump is largely due to the com­pe­ti­tion the Ninja 300 now faces as other bike mak­ers ag­gres­sively chase learner-ap­proved sales. KTM’s move into af­ford­able road bikes is pay­ing big div­i­dends. Its 390Duke was No.8 best-sell­ing road bike in the coun­try at the end of Septem­ber, trail­ing only Yamaha’s MT-09 in the naked bike cat­e­gory.

BMW is the other big mover, largely due to the suc­cess of its ad­ven­ture-tour­ing range — it now holds down five of the top 10 spots in that cat­e­gory.

Yamaha con­tin­ues to own the off-road ranks.

Its WR450F and YZ250F were the two most popular full size bikes, though the 50cc ma­chines are peren­nial favourites in the dirt bike class. KTM’s iconic orange bikes are also sell­ing strongly in the off-road ranks, ac­count­ing for four of the top 10 en­duro bikes and two of the mo­tocross con­tenders.

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Get the good mail: Honda’s postie bike ac­counts for about one in five sales

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