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UK Motorcycle Sales Drop 13% in April

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MANCHESTER, UK – Latest figures from the MCI show that new bike registrations fell by 13% during April 2006. Mopeds and moped scooters under 50cc dropped by 21%, with 1487 units registered, against 1,893 in April 2005, despite some of the highest fuel prices ever recorded across the UK.
Some 2,681 scooters of all sizes were registered at DVLA, which is down 21%, whilst motorcycles fell by 13%.

UK Motorcycle Sales Drop 13% in April

MANCHESTER, UK – Latest figures from the MCI show that new bike registrations fell by 13% during April 2006. Mopeds and moped scooters under 50cc dropped by 21%, with 1487 units registered, against 1,893 in April 2005, despite some of the highest fuel prices ever recorded across the UK.
Some 2,681 scooters of all sizes were registered at DVLA, which is down 21%, whilst motorcycles fell by 13%. Apart from scooters, the big falls were in the Touring and Trail/Enduro classes, with Supersports dropping 13%. Total two wheeler registrations were 10,480, down from 12,005 in April 2005.
 
Top selling motorcycle so far in 2006 is the Yamaha R6, with 872 units sold. The CBR1000RR is 2nd on 849, then the GSXR750 is 3rd, on 784 units. Top selling tourer is the BMW R1200GS and the CG125 Honda is top commuter motorbike. Chinese made bikes are gaining ground; The 3rd best selling 50cc scooter in the UK is the Baotian BT50, the 4th best selling moped is the Kinroad XT50, whilst the Better BT125 was 3rd best selling custom 125 in the first 5 months of 2006.

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