News 10 Jul 2017

Bike sales bounce back during 2017's second quarter

WR450F and YZ250F assist Yamaha in topping dirt bike charts.

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The national motorcycle market produced a second quarter sales recovery to be 4.1 percent down in the first half of 2017 compared with the same period last year, according to the latest data published by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).

Half-yearly sales for 2017 totalled 50,908 compared with 53,084 for the same January-June period in 2016, however the April to June sales period recovered some of the ground lost in the first quarter, fuelling industry expectations for a positive second half outcome.

Sales in the off-road segment recovered sharply in the second half and are now running only 1.7 percent behind the YTD 2016 results. The top-selling manufacturer in the off-road category was Yamaha with 4617 sales, followed by Honda (4359) and KTM (2834).

Top-selling dirt bike overall is the Honda CRF50F at 787 sales, leading the Yamaha WR450F (762), Honda CRF230F (703), Honda CRF110F (592) and Yamaha PW50 (551). Best-selling motocross model is Yamaha’s YZ250F (400), which is 10th overall on the off-road charts.

Overall, Honda is Australia’s top-selling motorcycle brand with 12608 sales so far this year, followed by Yamaha (9827), Kawasaki (4567) and Harley-Davidson (4433).

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