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With 2018 drawing to a close, the best way to describe the year was one of a challenge, with sales failing to live up to expectations. Is 2019 likely to be similar?
Lacklustre registration results mix with used stability in November
Registrations stagnant overall, steady as she goes for used
Registrations record modest growth in September, used more variable.
Motorcycle dealers report mixed fortunes in recent months
New motorcycle registrations grow in August whilst the used market remains steady.
It has been a tough year for the touring caravan industry and 2018 has not repeated the same level of success as the last few years.
Following new market growth in June, July results were a little disappointing, whilst used remains buoyant.
Following a few years of success, the 2018 season has been disappointing.
Following a significant dip in April, registrations made a small recovery in May.
Following a year of depressed registrations in 2017, the first quarter of 2018 experienced growth, with year to date totals being 5.8% ahead of last year.
Registration data released by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) show 15,118 registrations in March this year, 4.9% ahead of March 2017.
With 2018 now well underway, it is the time of year to be thinking about the upcoming summer.
Mounting levels of bike crime in the capital and Britain’s major cities are raising concerns about the future
Analysis from recent dealer visits combined with completed surveys, indicated that 44% of dealers felt sales were broadly in line with those of last year.
After 2015 exceeded forecasts, it appears 2016 will follow suit.
Weather plays a particularly big role in the motorcycle industry, so climate change is a very important factor to consider.
Overview of 2016