Motorcycle and ATV sales suffered a significant hit over the first three months of 2017.
The latest sales data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 21,794 new motorcycles, scooters and ATVs/SSVs were sold in Australia over the first quarter of this year, the number equating with a hefty drop of 13.4 per cent compared to the corresponding period last year. The figures come after an exceptionally buoyant 2016 – a year in which the industry recorded its best annual result since 2009.
The first quarter of 2017 saw drops recorded by road bikes (down 15.5%), off-road bikes (down 15.3%) and the ATV/SSV segment (down 1.3%). Scooter sales fell sharply, experiencing a decline of 22.3% off the back of several years of eroding sales.
The road bike market continues to be led by Harley-Davidson, which accounted for 2261 sales in the first quarter, followed by Honda (1943) and Yamaha (1455). In the off-road market, Yamaha leads with 1734 units, followed by Honda (1467) and KTM (1393).
Polaris leads the ATV/SSV market with 1244 units, followed by Honda (908) and Yamaha (845), while Piaggio retains top slot in the scooter market with 293 sales, trailed by sibling brand Vespa (240) and then Honda (198).
The top-selling bikes in each individual category were as follows:
Overall (excl. Honda NBC110): Harley-Davidson FXSB Breakout
ATV: Polaris Sportsman 570
Road (excl. Honda NBC110): Harley-Davidson FXSB Breakout
Cruiser: Harley-Davidson FXSB Breakout
Scooter: Piaggio Fly 150
LAMS ... (learner legal) (excl. Honda NBC110): Harley-Davidson Street 500
Supersport: Honda CBR500R
Touring: Harley-Davidson FLHXS Street Glide Special
Off-road: Honda CRF450R
Sportstouring: Yamaha YZF-R3A
Adventure touring: Honda CRF1000
Naked: Honda GROM
Motocross: Honda CRF450R
Fun: Kawasaki KLX110
Farm: Suzuki Trojan
Trail: Suzuki DR-Z400E
Note: NBC 110 excluded as it is purchased in bulk quantities by Australia Post for postal services.