On your bike as sales jump in Septem­ber

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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.

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