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Motorcycle industry in the United Kingdom - Statistics & Facts

The use of motorcycles in the United Kingdom has seen a noticeable rise in 2020, with third-quarter registration figures being already over 1.35 million compared to 1.25 million in 2019. This slow increase in licensed motorcycles was correlated with a rise in adjusted household expenditure for this type of vehicle. By the third quarter of 2020, United Kingdom households spent on average some 178 million British pounds on motorcycles, one million more than during the same time period a year earlier. This growth can be attributed in part to the Covid-19 pandemic, with socially distanced rides becoming more popular and the boom of delivery services leading to the growing use of two-wheelers as a result of it. This change however was not reflected in sales.

Honda remains the leading manufacturer despite a slump in sales

Overall sales saw a clear drop in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This affected all motorcycle types and brands and was most visible in April 2020, a month that represented a record low in sales due in part to the first national lockdown and the fact that manufacturing plants were closed down. Despite the slump, Honda remained the most popular motorcycle brand. New registrations for the brand neared 17,000 units, while Yamaha sold around 10,300 new two-wheelers. That same year, Lexmoto overtook Triumph as the first United Kingdom-based motorcycle manufacturer with over 10,200 units sold compared to some 7,000.

England was the leading nation in motorcycle registrations for an aging fleet

On average, UK motorcycle owners hold on to their vehicles for longer than six years, and there are only very few vehicles under two years of age in the UK’s motorcycle fleet. Most of these vehicles were registered in England, particularly in its South East region, by the third quarter of 2020. By contrast, new ultra-low emission vehicles were most popular in the Greater London region. Naked bikes, also referred to as standard motorcycles, were the leading type of vehicles, while engines were most popular between 51 and 125 cubic centimeters at some 151,000 units licensed in 2019.

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