Motorcycle industry recovering with another sales surge in August

The motorcycle industry is continuing its recovery from the COVID-19 lockdown with another surge in motorcycle sales in August, with all kinds of motorcycles seeing a spike in sales compared to August 2019, according to figures released by MCIA.


The statistics show a 31.2% boost in two-wheeler vehicles sales in August – equivalent to around 9,087 PTWs (powered two wheelers) compared to 6,924 units last year.

The numbers follow a similar upturn in sales in June and July.

All categories enjoyed a growth in sales, with touring motorcycles and naked bikes notably the biggest winners, with +43.6% and +34.4% year-on-year growth.


Elsewhere, scooters registered a 39.5% surge in sales in August – equal to 2,650 scooters.

Custom bikes saw an increase of 15.7% whilst supersport and adventure sport sales rose by 22.3% and 31.1% compared to August 2019.

What was the UK’s best-selling model in August?

It is perhaps unsurprising to see Honda outperforming other major brands in motorcycle registrations in August 2020, shifting 1,598 PTWs.


The Japanese firm also had the best-selling model of August, the highest registered motorcycle being Honda’s PCX 125 scooter followed closely by the Honda CB125F.

Yamaha maintained second place behind Honda for new sales, with 881 PTWs sold in August. Yamaha’s Tenere 700 topped the charts in the Adventure Sport class with 85 units.

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