The latest new motorcycle and scooter figures show sales were up 8% compared with September 2012. Under 50cc scooter sales were down 12.7% last month, while over 50cc motorcycle sales increased by 11.4%.

“It is encouraging to see that motorcycle sales increased last month, with the September plate change stimulating the market,” said Sue Robinson, director of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA), which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK.

“With the shoots of an economic recovery returning to the marketplace a feeling of confidence is fuelling a demand for bigger motorcycles, with an increase of 14.8% in September. This equates to over 1,000 more motorcycles being sold in comparison to the same month last year.”

She added: “Over the last few months there has noticeable increase in the number of mature customers entering motorcycle dealerships. Many of these established riders have delayed buying a bike during the recession creating pent up demand for these machines. Therefore a return in consumer confidence and financial security is having a positive impact on the sales of motorcycles in this sector.

“September recorded sales growth in almost all motorcycle sectors, with the exception of mopeds, scooters and supersport bikes. These machines are usually bought by younger riders who may not yet be feeling any upturn in the economy.

“The real test for motorcycle sales will come during the winter months when the return of the bad weather puts pressure on registrations.”