2016 is nearly gone but it won’t be forgotten...
It’s been quite a year. What with Brexit and Donald Trump and little old Leicester winning the Premier League.
But what will the last 12 months be remembered for by the world of motorcycling?
Coming off the back of two strong years, new bikes sales in the UK continue to grow, although it’s slowing down. A 10% hike in 2014, a 12.7% rise in 2015 looks to be followed by a 7% increase in 2016. So strong, but slowing. And with many manufacturers putting prices up across their ranges, 2017 looks set to be a struggle – look out for cracking finance and PCP deals come the middle of the year if bikes are still sitting around in showrooms.
The bikes that will linger longer in our thoughts as the dust settles on 2016, will probably be the Triumph Thruxton R, Yamaha’s XSR900, Kawasaki’s ZX-10R and Honda’s Africa Twin.
On track, Cal Crutchlow had a monumental year. Hardly able to finish a race at the start of the season, he finished in sensational style, winning two races and clinching a crowd-wowing second in the sun at Silverstone. And Ian Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop dominated the TT which ended in a serious sulk-off. Awkward!
Now we can look forward to a new Blade, Gixer thou and many more British racing highs.