Motorcycles a ‘perfect alternative’ to traffic-bound cars

11.00 | 9 January 2020 | |

While the overall new car market declined once again in 2019, the number of new powered two wheeler registrations increased for a second consecutive year.

Figures published by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) on 8 January reveal there were 107,408 new powered two wheelers (PTW) registered in 2019 – up 1.5% from 2018.

This follows a 0.3% rise between 2017 and 2018.

Meanwhile, data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) earlier this month shows the UK new car market declined by 2.4% in 2019, with annual registrations falling for a third straight year.

The MCIA figures show a 20% rise in the sales of 0-50cc bikes, while there was a small rise in the 51-125cc category.

The MCIA says more and more people are recognising smaller bikes provide a ‘perfect alternative’ to traffic-bound cars and vans – with their light weight and ease of parking.

It also points to the trend towards people favouring ultra-low and zero emission vehicles as another reason for the increased popularity of smaller bikes.



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