Motorcycle sales recovering

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Motorcycle sales appear to be recovering after a very shaky start to the year with Harley-Davidson continuing to lead the road bike category.

Sales were down 6.7% in the first quarter but, thanks to a slight recovery in the second quarter, they are now down 4.1% in the first half, according to the VFACTS report issued today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

This is despite the motor vehicle industry setting a June record, up 4.4%, thanks to confidence in the business sector which spurred SUV and utility sales.

A confident business sector doesn’t help sales of motorcycles which are largely considered a luxury item.

However, the signs are encouraging that motorcycle sales are recovering.

The slow start to the year has also been good for riders with some manufacturers offering significant discounts to clear floor stock for the new financial year and ahead of new models coming in spring.

Half-yearly sales for 2017 totalled 50,908 compared with 53,084 last year.

Last year the Australian motorcycle industry recorded total sales of 114,783, its best annual result since 2009.

Overall, Honda is Australia’s top-selling motorcycle brand with 12,608 sales followed by Yamaha (9827), Kawasaki (4567) and Harley-Davidson (4433).Harley-Davidson Australia Willie G. Street Glide recovering

Road bike sales are down 12.8% but Harley retained its top-selling status with 4433 sales followed by Honda (4201) and Yamaha (2865).

The only road bike companies to record growth were Husqvarna with new models (48.6%), Indian Motorcycle (19.7%) and the axed Victory Motorcycles (66.1%) which is fast selling out of remaining stock.

Off-road bike sales recovered sharply to be only 1.7% last year. Top-selling off-road company was Yamaha with 4617 followed by Honda with 4359 and KTM with 2834.

ATV/SSV sales increased 12.3% and Honda led the segment with 3658 followed by Polaris with 3490 and Yamaha with 2237.

Scooter sales, which have been in decline for several years, were down 14.4%.

Piaggio remained the top company with 525 sales, followed by Vespa with 426 and Honda with 390.

TOP 10 Motorbikes (excludes ATVs)
Manufacturer Model Total
YTD 2017 YTD 2016 % Chg
Honda NBC110 1,042 1,454 -28.3%
Honda CRF50F 787 777 1.3%
Yamaha WR450F 762 924 -17.5%
Harley Davidson FXSB 711 605 17.5%
Honda CRF230F 703 615 14.3%
Harley Davidson XG500 609 743 -18.0%
Honda GROM 597 254 135.0%
Honda CRF110F 592 592 0.0%
Yamaha YZF-R3A 569 695 -18.1%
Yamaha PW50 551 523 5.4%
Harley motorcycle sales recovering
Harley-Davidson Breakout is their top-seller in Australia
TOP 10 Road Bikes
Manufacturer Model Total
YTD 2017 YTD 2016 % Chg
Honda NBC110 1,042 1,454 -28.3%
Harley Davidson FXSB 711 605 17.5%
Harley Davidson XG500 609 743 -18.0%
Honda GROM 597 254 135.0%
Yamaha YZF-R3A 569 695 -18.1%
Honda CBR500R 471 449 4.9%
Yamaha MT07L 470 716 -34.4%
Kawasaki Ninja 300 448 808 -44.6%
Yamaha MT-09 418 332 25.9%
Honda CRF1000 404 399 1.3%
TOP 10 Cruisers
Manufacturer Model Total
YTD 2017 YTD 2016 % Chg
Harley Davidson FXSB 711 605 17.5%
Harley Davidson XG500 609 743 -18.0%
Harley Davidson FXDLS 373 214 74.3%
Harley Davidson VRSCDX 305 325 -6.2%
Harley Davidson FXDB 299 389 -23.1%
Kawasaki Vulcan S 274 302 -9.3%
Yamaha XVS650/A 254 256 -0.8%
Honda CMX500 216 0.0%
Harley Davidson FLSTFBS 160 242 -33.9%
Indian Scout 153 162 -5.6%

 

2017 Indian Scout in two-tone paint prize recovering
2017 Indian Scout in two-tone paint
TOP 10 LAMS Bikes
Manufacturer Model Total
YTD 2017 YTD 2016 % Chg
Honda NBC110 1,042 1,454 -28.3%
Yamaha WR450F 762 924 -17.5%
Harley Davidson XG500 609 743 -18.0%
Honda GROM 597 254 135.0%
Yamaha YZF-R3A 569 695 -18.1%
Honda CBR500R 471 449 4.9%
Yamaha MT07L 470 716 -34.4%
Kawasaki Ninja 300 448 808 -44.6%
Suzuki DR-Z400E 442 456 -3.1%
Honda CRF250L 433 393 10.2%
TOP 10 Sports Touring
Manufacturer Model Total
YTD 2017 YTD 2016 % Chg
Yamaha YZF-R3A 569 695 -18.1%
Kawasaki Ninja 300 448 808 -44.6%
Kawasaki Ninja 650L 250 199 25.6%
KTM RC390 153 220 -30.5%
Honda CBR650FL 139 166 -16.3%
Kawasaki Ninja 1000 95 91 4.4%
BMW R 1200 RS 71 81 -12.3%
Yamaha MT09TRA 69 119 -42.0%
BMW S 1000 XR 62 87 -28.7%
Suzuki GSX-S1000F 60 47 27.7%

 

Kawasaki Ninja 1000
Kawasaki Ninja 1000
TOP 10 Adventure Touring
Manufacturer Model Total
YTD 2017 YTD 2016 % Chg
Honda CRF1000 404 399 1.3%
Suzuki DR650SE 236 267 -11.6%
BMW R 1200 GS 203 193 5.2%
Kawasaki KLR650 179 191 -6.3%
BMW R 1200 GS Adventure 172 172 0.0%
Honda CB500XA 154 139 10.8%
BMW F 700 GS 105 109 -3.7%
BMW F 800 GS 101 92 9.8%
Ducati Multistrada 1200 88 134 -34.3%
BMW F 800 GS Adventure 86 78 10.3%
TOP 10 Super Sport
Manufacturer Model Total
YTD 2017 YTD 2016 % Chg
Honda CBR500R 471 449 4.9%
Honda CBR300R 201 249 -19.3%
Honda CBR1000RR 143 142 0.7%
Suzuki GSX-R1000 128 74 73.0%
Ducati 959 Panigale 123 175 -29.7%
BMW S 1000 RR 115 135 -14.8%
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R 76 146 -47.9%
Yamaha YZF-R1 76 135 -43.7%
Ducati SUPERSPORT 75 0.0%
Ducati 1299 Panigale 61 88 -30.7%
Honda CBR500R recovering
Honda CBR500R
TOP 10 Touring
Manufacturer Model Total
YTD 2017 YTD 2016 % Chg
Harley Davidson FLHXS 197 190 3.7%
Harley Davidson FLHTK 124 117 6.0%
Harley Davidson FLHXSE2 81 75 8.0%
Harley Davidson FLHR 71 81 -12.3%
BMW R 1200 RT 69 69 0.0%
Harley Davidson FLTRXS 60 71 -15.5%
Harley Davidson FLHRXS 48 0.0%
Indian Roadmaster 47 21 123.8%
Yamaha FJR1300 39 82 -52.4%
Indian Chieftain 35 8 337.5%

 

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