Road bike sales were solid at a 0.08% increase to 21,668, according to the official figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.
The whole market was slightly down by 1.3% to 51,578, but ATVs were up a whopping 11.3% to 11,049, while scooters continued to slide, down a massive 25.9%, and off-road motorcycle sales were down 5.8%.
Harley-Davidson had a scorcher of a first half with a 14.6% increase to 4566, moving past Honda to become the top-selling road bike company in Australia as cruiser sales continue to run rampant.
Harley now accounts for more than one in every five road bikes sold.
The Softail Breakout continues to sell well and is now the third-best-selling bike in Australia with 765 sales, up 28.4%.
Their new learner-approved Street 500 was fourth with 745 sales, despite not being available until February.
Harley-Davidson Australia and New Zealand boss Nigel Keough thanked both customers and their dealer network for the result. “It’s wonderful to see more people part of our Harley-Davidson family and enjoying the passion of owning a Harley-Davidson,” he says.
Meanwhile, its new cruiser competitor, Indian Motorcycle, was up a massive 67.8% to 292, largely on sales of the new 1133cc Indian Scout. That brought it into the top 10 road bike companies for the first time.
Ducati Australia was also a winner, up 7.3% to 981, with a 50% sales result in June alone, after the introduction of new models, especially the Scrambler.
The bike has helped Ducati set a new half-year record of 32,600 sales worldwide, up 22%. More than 9000 Scramblers have been sold which is almost twice as many as the next most popular Ducati model, the Multistrada.
Other road bike companies that scored well were Yamaha up 22.2% to 3066, largely thanks to its Masters of Torque range, BMW up 16.8% to 1648 and Triumph up 11.5% to 1497.
FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber says road motorcycles account for almost half of the new motorcycle, ATV and scooter market.