Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association explained: “Once again we have two distinct stories emerging. With rail fare hikes, public transport strikes and increasing congestion on our roads, many people are turning to motorcycles and scooters as a more affordable and efficient form of commuter transport, which is reflected in the type of bikes which are selling well.” “The leisure market is strong too, with sales of bikes popular for trail and adventure riding also performing particularly well throughout the year.”
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Total registrations for new motorcycles, scooters and mopeds rose by 11.7% during 2016. A total of 128,644 new machines were registered between January and December, compared to 115,121 for 2015.