On your bike as sales jump in September
ROAD bike sales are keeping pace with car growth as more people see the costeffectiveness of being on two wheels.
Latest figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show road bike sales grew by 9.4 per cent to date this year, with more than 31,000 machines sold to the end of September in a total market of 78,830 units.
Learner-approved bikes and US-built lifestyle machines led the way, as shown by Harley-Davidson’s continued dominance of the cruiser segment.
Honda’s LAMS-compliant CBR250R continues to be the most popular bike in Australia. Scooter sales dragged the overall market down to just 2.1 per cent growth. The 11.6 per cent drop in scooter registrations was largely down to .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1824 1703 1580 1032 710 559 557 435 423 390 big falls in Kymco and SYM sales, with both brands down by more than 30 per cent.
Piaggio defied the trend to be more than 20 per cent up for the month.
ATV sales rose 1 per cent, largely due to the popularity of Honda’s TRX250, while dirt bikes fell by the same amount.
The Yamaha WR450F enduro bike is the off-road leader with 1143 sales.
FCAI chief executive Tony Weber says the figures are encouraging.
‘‘We generally see sales of motorcycles grow in the final quarter of the year as the weather gets warmer, so there is still the potential for 2012 to be a strong year in all motorcycle segments,’’ he notes.
Honda continues to be the dominant market leader, with Yamaha solid in second place and Suzuki third.