Motorcycle and scooter sales have continued on their upward trajectory after last month’s increase, with sales up 6.7% in October

The latest new motorcycle and scooter sales figures show scooters were up 14.1%, although the year-to-date figure is still down -5.2%. Sales of 51cc-125cc models, the largest market segment were up 15.5% - this sector represents around 35% all motorcycles sold.

Sue Robinson, director of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA), said: ““It is positive to see an impressive 6.7% increase in registrations in October following last month’s sales growth on the back of the September plate change.

“It is encouraging to see that the overall motorcycle market is becoming stable. This month’s 6.7% growth in sales means that there have been 440 more motorcycles registered than in October 2012, fuelling speculation that consumer confidence is on a high.

“2013 was off to a slow start this year and still remains -2.5% down with sales of 82,732 units against sales on 84,876 units for 2012 YTD.

“With the current market strengthening, we hope to end up with an even better or same size market as 2012.”