Registrations of motorcycles increased by 13% in the first half of 2015 compared with the same period a year earlier, according to the Motor Cycle Industry Association.

“It is extremely positive to see that the motorcycle market has continued to grow, with dealers reporting a 19.2% increase in sales in June,” said Stephen Latham, head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK.

Latham continued: “Larger machines in the 651-1000cc category saw the most significant growth, with sales up over 36% compared to this time last year, and up 26% on a half-year basis when compared to 2014. A rise in sales of these models indicates a strong confidence in the economy as these machines are used mainly for social purposes.

“Larger models over 1000cc – usually a lifestyle purchase used for touring, recorded an increase of 22% in June. Again suggesting a boost in consumer confidence.

“All power sectors showed signs of growth with the exception of the 50cc machines – typically purchased by younger riders.

“The NMDA is hopeful that the growing trend of motorcycle sales continues to grow, and 2015 could mark a record year with bikes reaching over the 110,000 sales figure.”