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Motorcycle Sales Race to 6 Month Record

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CANBERRA, OZ – Australian motorcycle sales have set a new half yearly record as commuters turn to two-wheelers in increasing numbers. Figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show that 52,379 road bikes, dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) were sold in the six months to June an increase of 8793 motorcycles or 20.2 % on the same period of 2005.

Motorcycle Sales Race to 6 Month Record

CANBERRA, OZ – Australian motorcycle sales have set a new half yearly record as commuters turn to two-wheelers in increasing numbers.  Figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show that 52,379 road bikes, dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) were sold in the six months to June – an increase of 8793 motorcycles or 20.2 % on the same period of 2005.
 
Sales of road bikes have risen even more quickly than the market average. The booming popularity of scooters and cruiser-style bikes in particular boosted road bike sales by 31.5 % in the first half of the year. As a result, for the first time in many years total road bike sales (23,438) exceeded off road motorcycle sales (20,228). For the last two decades the industry has drawn the greater proportion of its sales from dirt bikes as motorcycling became increasingly about recreation and less about day-to-day transport. Scooter sales have leapt by 64.4 % so far this year – the total of 6611 making it easily the largest single segment of the road bike market. This year’s scooter boom follows a 30% growth in the segment in 2005.
 
 
Cruiser-style motorcycle sales have grown 21.4 % so far this year, building on strong growth in 2005.
While off road bikes are no longer the best-selling segment of the market, their sales have nevertheless increased by 10.1%or 1856 for the year to date. The best-selling motorcycle brand for the year-to-date is Honda with 13,141.

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