News 10 Oct 2017

Yamaha leads dirt bike sales through third quarter of 2017

Total sales decline by five percent in comparison with last year's figures

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Sales figures for the third quarter released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) have indicated a five percent downturn in dirt bike sales compared to the same timeframe in 2016, with Yamaha leading the way in the off-road sector.

Industry sales for the nine months totalled 73,141, with Honda (16,646) holding a market lead of 22.8 percent ahead of Yamaha with a 19.9 percent share and 14,546 sales, Kawasaki third (6936) and Harley-Davidson fourth (6526).

Road bikes were again the highest volume segment, with 29,625 sales or 40.5 percent of the total motorcycle market. This volume represents a decline of 14.9 percent on road bike sales for the corresponding nine months of 2016.

Off-road bikes represented 32.9 percent (24,066) of the total market during the nine months to the end of September, where Yamaha led Honda and KTM, while Husqvarna has been highlighted as a standout performer after posting a 31.6 percent increase.

Yamaha’s WR450F proved to be the most popular model with 1069 sales, narrowly edging out Honda’s CRF50F, which had 1065 sales. The Yamaha PW50 (920) came in third, followed by its bigger brother the TTR50E (851) and Honda’s CRF230F (809). Completing the top 10 most popular dirt bikes sold was the Honda CRF110F, Kawasaki KLX110, Yamaha YZ250F, Suzuki DR-Z400E and Honda CRF250L.

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