Scooter sales across the country continue to decline, while all other segments of the motorcycle industry are showing good growth.
That’s the news this week from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.
The overall growth in sales in the Australian motorcycle and ATV market for the first half of 2016 was a solid 3.5% compared to the same period last year, pointing to a welcome resurgence in the industry.
Sales of off-road motorcycles rose by 4.3%, and the road bike market increased by 4.4%.
Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries Chief Executive, Tony Weber, said that the diversity of models, affordability, and the ability of manufacturers to produce machines to cater for such a wide range of applications were key ingredients to the market’s continued growth.
“Road bikes accounted for almost half of the new motorcycle market, holding a 43.4 per cent share. Off-road motorcycles accounted for 31.2 per cent, ATVs for 21.2 per cent and scooters for the remaining 4.2 per cent.”
Honda was once again the top-selling manufacturer by volume claiming 23.2% of the overall market including ATVs.
In the road bike market Harley-Davidson continued its domination selling 20.4% of all road motorcycles sold between January and June 2016, with strong sales of both its learner approved Street 500 and Breakout.
And Yamaha is still the top selling brand in the off-road market.
Scooter sales dropped a further at 11% in the first half of 2016 on the back of disastrous results over the last two years.