Can’t knock the postman
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.
Thee rreeviisseed CT11110X iiss ssttiillll tthee mosstt popullaarr biikee iin tthee ccounttrry
Get the good mail: Honda’s postie bike accounts for about one in five sales