2016 is nearly gone but it won’t be for­got­ten...

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - ANDY CAL­TON

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.

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