Maybe it’s the cost of petrol, or the lack of parking. But whatever the reason, it seems motorbike sales are soaring with a record number of bikes and scooters leaving showroom floors. Official Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries figures show sales up five per cent on the same period last year.
While road bikes remain the most popular segment in the market, it was scooters which recorded the biggest increase, 14.5 per cent up on last year. Overall, 96,281 motorcycles, scooters and all-terrain vehicles were sold to the end of September with road bikes making up 36,128 (10.8 per cent increase) of that figure followed off-roads at 33,897 (2.0 per cent decrease), ATV’s 14,541 (2.2 per cent increase and scooters with 11,715 sales.
Honda took first place again with 22,573 total market sales, followed by Yamaha (20,599 sales) and Suzuki rounded off the top three with 12,743 sales. In the road bike segment, Honda also topped the pool ahead of Suzuki and Harley-Davidson.
FCAI Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said the wide array of models on offer which suit all experience levels have helped the sales increase.