They have now been joined by Triumph (17.1%), Indian (13.1%), BMW (6.1%) and Yamaha (6.1%).
The big losers in January were Kawasaki (-31.8%), Honda (-29%) and Suzuki (-10.1%).
Harley-Davidson only lost -2.4% but narrowly yielded its crown as the top-selling road bike brand to Yamaha.
Fires, floods and virus
Since the figures are not officially released, there is no statement from FCAI boss Tony Weber.
However, he had this to say about the “conservative” new car results:
“Given the broad range of environmental, financial, international and political issues facing Australia during January, it is no surprise to see the new vehicle market has reported a conservative start to the year,” he said in a statement last week.
Those factors would include the bushfires, floods, hail storms, coronavirus and various other national and international political issues that have kickstarted the year.
Bushfires and floods have certainly stopped a lot of riders and along with the other factors have dented consumer confidence.
A dramatic 17.6% drop in off-road motorcycle sales could also be the result of the fire-ravaged rural community. However, drought-breaking rains may have the reverse effect in coming months.
While the FCAI figures quoted are compared with like figures from the previous year, it should be noted that 23 minor manufacturers are not included in the FCAI stats as they are not members.
The missing brands are Benelli, Bimota, Bollini, CFMoto, Confederate, Daelim, EBR, Hyosung, Kymco, Laro, Megelli, Mercury, MV Agusta, Norton, PGO, Royal Enfield, SWM, SYM, TGB, Ural, Viper and VMoto.