Mini bikes rule roost TOP SELLERS

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A CHRIST­MAS rush from dot­ing par­ents pushed kids’ bike to the top of the 2015 mo­tor­cy­cle sales charts.

Yamaha’s TTR50 was the best­selling bike in Aus­tralia last year, closely fol­lowed by Honda’s CRF 50. Honda’s shouldn’t-be-counted postie scooter bike was third, with yet an­other Yamaha fun bike, in the form of the PW50, tak­ing out fourth place.

In over­all terms sales in 2015 were steady at 108,711. Har­leyDavid­son did as pre­dicted and beat Honda for over­all on-road mo­tor­bike lead­er­ship, cour­tesy of its 500cc Street learner-ap­proved bike.

Ig­nor­ing Honda’s postie bike, Har­ley held down se­cond and third place with the Street and Soft­tail Break­out.

The Kawasaki 300 was the best­selling pri­vate road ma­chine but its 1947 sales were al­most 33 per cent down on 2014 as the LAMSap­proved ma­chine faced com­pe­ti­tion from a trio of Honda bikes — the CBR500R, CBR300R and CB125E, along with a mas­sive push by Yamaha’s MT-07L.

Honda re­tains its place as the lead­ing light in the in­dus­try with sales of 24,535 bikes last year.

The top dog is al­ways un­der threat and Yamaha is just 1245 bikes and clos­ing, hav­ing en­joyed 14 per cent growth to Honda’s 1.3 per cent slip.

Po­laris is also nip­ping at Team Red’s heels in the ATV cat­e­gory.

Honda Mo­tor­cy­cles gen­eral man­ager Peter Sin­gle­ton says 2016 should see im­proved sales for the brand.

“2016 is shap­ing up to be a much big­ger year for Honda. With the Africa Twin and all-new CBR500 kick­ing off in the first quar­ter, plus a host of new model an­nounce­ments to come, we are cer­tain of re­main­ing Aus­tralia’s favourite mo­tor­cy­cle brand in 2016,” he says.

The big­gest brand im­prover was In­dian, which has al­ready over­taken its sta­ble­mate brand Vic­tory as the ma­jor al­ter­na­tive to a Har­ley. Po­laris flogged more than 700 of the V-twin cruis­ers last year and should man­age four fig­ures in 2016.

BMW was the best per­formed of the es­tab­lished play­ers, grow­ing by 20 per cent on the back of bikes like the RNineT and its up­graded ad­ven­ture tour­ing mod­els.

Scoot­ers are still on the nose and the 5389 sales last year are a 22.7 per cent drop on 2014, which was in turn a dou­ble-digit drop on the pre­vi­ous year. Rid­ers are in­creas­ingly opt­ing for learner mo­tor­bikes, which now come in a va­ri­ety of guises from su­per­sport repli­cas to laid-back cruis­ers.

Vespa and Pi­ag­gio lead the way with al­most 40 per cent of the mar­ket, while Honda’s 1000 sales rep­re­sent a 19 per cent mar­ket share.

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