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Rogerborg
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PostPosted: 15:18 - 08 May 2018    Post subject: April 2018 new bike registrations Reply with quote

http://www.mcia.co.uk/admin/images/uploaded_images/[statistics-news-and-press_348]Press%20Statistics%20201804%20April%2018.pdf

Urgh, that URL.

Ouch, down 11.7% over April 2017. Whopping great falls in mopeds, Adventure Sports, and the rump of Supersports.

Customs are fighting a brave hipster rearguard, and Touring makes an unexpected (if small) resurgence.

651-1000cc is 35.3% down over last April, and 20.1% down over the year. Hurt

Year on year, overall sales are just about flat, but so much for the cautious recovery in the first quarter.

No big surprises in the rankings or highest registering models, except for the Ducati Panigale V4 making a surprise showing in Supersports over the usual YZF-R125 joke entry; and Yamaha finally beating off Honda for the 125 / scootay crown with the NMax 125.
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PostPosted: 15:58 - 08 May 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since the press has (quite rightly) convinced us that if we buy a bike we can look forward to having our faces melted off
and then a darn good stabbing right in the eye socket by our crop of dear ol dindus, I'm not surprised demand is drying up.

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PostPosted: 19:39 - 08 May 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this is true and certainly having an effect to some extent. The bikes are bad opinion only gets more popular with constant bad news about their use in crime.

Its a bit like 5-10 year old Range Rover's and Subaru Impreza's will never get past that image of being driven by scumbags or people up to no good.

And the crash of the cheap Chinese <£2000 125 and under £1000 scooters, due to Euro 5? Well that's the cheap ride to work on a budget market gone too.

Some new bikers will come through every year, not despondent from the end of the let the good times roll era, as they never knew them. Some of these will do DAS and A2 and get some nice shiny but mediocre middle weight bike and feel all is good on two wheels, as they plug in their phone to the USB port and download Apps and the latest sat nav software.

But a bloody big proportion of people buying bikes are the 40-60's bracket that probably already have one or more bike, and have done so for decades. This market might be possible to tempt with some new flash tackle, but it's finite and diminishing eventually too.
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PostPosted: 19:52 - 08 May 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's just dire.

What stevo says about old(er) riders with more than one bike is true as well, you only have to go and see the numbers in the facebook group 'Over 50 and still riding' to see the demographic of bike ownership.

It's a downward spiral Sad
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PostPosted: 09:01 - 09 May 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.mcia.co.uk/newsstory/what-is-the-average-age-of-bikers

MCIA, using our money, so I'm using their article wrote:
Though many industry commentators claim bikers are an ageing demographic, a slightly different story emerges from examining the age profile of riders seeking insurance during April, June and July of this year.

The Two Wheel Data Centre report for Quarter 2 shows that when it comes to getting quotes for new bikes, 28.5% are aged 20 to 30. This is the largest group by age.

There has been a rise in baby boomers seeking bike insurance for new bikes though, with a 17.4% increase in quotes for over 50s. This demographic now makes up 17.4% of all new bike quotes and suggests an increase of riders over 50 in real terms, which might explain why the ‘average’ age is going up.

Of course, it could also indicate that over 50s are becoming increasingly price sensitive and are looking for the best deal through comparison sites.

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PostPosted: 21:53 - 13 May 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rogerborg wrote:
http://www.mcia.co.uk/newsstory/what-is-the-average-age-of-bikers

MCIA, using our money, so I'm using their article wrote:
Though many industry commentators claim bikers are an ageing demographic, a slightly different story emerges from examining the age profile of riders seeking insurance during April, June and July of this year.

The Two Wheel Data Centre report for Quarter 2 shows that when it comes to getting quotes for new bikes, 28.5% are aged 20 to 30. This is the largest group by age.

There has been a rise in baby boomers seeking bike insurance for new bikes though, with a 17.4% increase in quotes for over 50s. This demographic now makes up 17.4% of all new bike quotes and suggests an increase of riders over 50 in real terms, which might explain why the ‘average’ age is going up.

Of course, it could also indicate that over 50s are becoming increasingly price sensitive and are looking for the best deal through comparison sites.


Interesting but is that for new bikes only? That's how I read it.

Also I'd like a bike breakdown for size/type of bike. Are the younger riders commuter types or toy owners?
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PostPosted: 08:16 - 14 May 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Polarbear wrote:
Interesting but is that for new bikes only? That's how I read it.

Sure, but that's all the industry cares about, and is able to monitor. It's imperfect information, but short of some hypothetical MCN survey (and what demographic reads MCN?) it's all we've got to go on.
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