Motorcycle registrations declined -0.6% in May for the first time this year, however, the overall market is still up 7% year to date. A total of 47,822 machines have been put on UK roads this year – 3,187 more registrations than the same period last year, according to the latest figures from the Motorcycle Industry Association.
In May sales of larger engine bikes in the 651-1000cc sector were down -11.9%, and in the over 1000cc sector, registrations were down -7.0%. Both the large custom bikes and touring bikes were also down -24.9 and -25.4%.
The 50cc moped market continued its upward trend for 2019 with sales up 7% in May and up 21.6% so far this year.
Whilst dealers reported a buoyant first quarter last month, there is continued caution amongst motorcycle retailers surrounding economic uncertainty which could see the market stabilising over the coming months.