In an industry plagued by faltering sales, good news can be difficult to find.  But in the UK, there’s news of both varieties.  Registrations both rose and fell in the UK during 2019.

Motorcycle registrations were up in the UK in 2019.  107,408 motorcycles, scooters, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles were registered in 2019.  2018’s registration figures totaled 105,816 meaning that the UK posted a 1.5% increase in motorcycle sales.  This according to the UK’s Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA).

Small displacement registrations

The largest increase in sales came from machines on the 0 – 50cc category.  That smallest displacement category recorded 5,640 registrations in 2018 and increased to 6,764 registrations in 2019.  That represents a nearly 20% increase.  The second-largest increase came from 126cc to 650cc bikes.  This category jumped 12.2% from 20,016 in 2018 to 22,451 in 2019.  The only remaining category showing an increase in registrations are machines with displacements of between 51 and 125ccs.  However, it rose by only 0.2%

Large displacement registrations

The news was not so good for the UK’s larger displacement bikes.  Those with displacements of 651 to 1000cc were down 7.9% while machines with displacements over 1000cc also posted a drop of 0.3%.

Interestingly, despite registrations being down on larger displacement bikes, several of the bigger displacement machines made an appearance on the UK’s top 10 sellers list.


Overall, the best seller was Honda’s PCX 125.  Next on the list is Yamaha’s NMAX 125.  But taking both 3rd and fourth place respectively are BMW’s R1250GS and R1250GS Adventure.  Below is a breakout of the machines on the UK’s top 10 registration list:

Model Model  Registrations & Market Share
1 Honda PCX 125  2840  2.6%
2 Yamaha NMAX 125  1924  1.8%
3 BMW R1250GS  1827  1.7%
4 BMW R1250GS Adventure  1773  1.7%
5 Honda CB125F  1572  1.5%
6 Honda Vision 110  1546  1.4%
7 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650  1472  1.4%
8 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin  1276  1.2%
9 Honda CB125R  1106  1%
10 Yamaha MT-07  1037  1%

So while big bike registrations are down in the UK, it does appear that people are beginning to see that small-displacement powered two-wheelers are an important solution to traffic congestion.  And, perhaps that’s something that will help bring new riders into the motorcycling fold.


Featured photo credit: JDMPlates

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