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Autumn is now fully with us and although several dealers have experienced a slow-down in recent weeks, typical for the time of year, the market remains remarkably resilient.
Market bounces back following lockdown
Significant year on year increases in motorcycle registrations in July and August are boosting the motorcycle market following the national lockdown.
Since motorcycle dealers reopened following lockdown, the market has remained busy with strong sales and enquiries throughout August.
Following a strong recovery in June, motorcycle registrations accelerated in July.
Registrations in April suffered a substantial decline of 83.5%, due to the UK being in lockdown in the wake of Covid-19. During May, however, the government began the process of easing restrictions, albeit very gradually.
Unprecedented circumstances put the 2020 season on hold
Motorcycle registrations in January and February recorded growth over last year, suggesting the possibility of a positive year for 2020.
As the UK exits the European Union, a new threat to economic stability emerges.
According to the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), February registrations were 2.8% ahead of last year. In view of January and February 2019 also recording growth over the previous year, this is good news.
With 2019 drawing to a close, it has been another challenging year for the industry. Is 2020 likely to fair better?
January 2019 started on a positive note, however, as the year progressed significant growth proved difficult for the motorcycle industry.
Despite 2019 starting strongly, this year is proving to be a tough one for the motorcycle market. Against
Following a significant downturn in motorcycle registrations in June, July made a modest recovery.
Once again, summer is behind us and whilst variable compared to last year, it provided a fair amount of hot weather, with the UK temperature rising in July, to a new record of 38.7C in Cambridgeshire.
July registrations grow following a dismal June and stalling May.
After a positive start to 2019, new motorcycle sales declined for the second consecutive month in June.
Summer has arrived, but the political backdrop continues to be a distraction to customers with the delay to Brexit, an imminent change of prime minister and the chance of a general election.
Positive news for new and used motorcycle sales, but caution is still advised.
How likely is this to affect new and used motorcycle sales?
The 2019 season is well underway with key holiday periods approaching fast.
The motorcycle market looks strong, but the true test will be with the analysis of March’s sales in this key plate-change month
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