Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 10th January 2018

In 2017, several trends were identified in the motorbike industry, with a decrease in the number of new registrations being one of the most consistent. In December 2017, the trend continued when compared to December 2016. According to stats released by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), there was a total number of 4927 registrations in December 2017. In December 2016 there was a total number of 10,118 new motorbike registrations. This marked a 51.3% decrease.


When looking into engine types, the stats revealed that the largest drop occurred with 51 – 125 cc motorbikes. In December 2017, 1577 registrations were logged compared to 5971 in December 2016. This highlighted a decrease of 73.6%. 0 – 50 cc machines saw the largest increase, with 1328 registered last month. In December 2016, there were 909 registrations. This showed an increase of 46.1%. Custom motorbikes showed the biggest decrease of all in December 2017. Only 245 were registered, compared to the 1078 registered in December 2016. It led to a significant drop of 77.3%.


According to the stats, the number of motorbikes in the UK has increased from 2013 to 2016. In 2013 there were 1.21 million and it increased to 1.27 million by 2016. The total number hasn’t been released for 2017 yet, but there could be a decrease compared to previous years.


The model that had the highest number of registrations was the KTM 390 Duke, with 435. The second most popular model was the Honda PCX 125 because it had 121 registrations. Despite KTM having the most popular model, Honda had the most registrations in December as the following table shows:


Major Brands December 2017
Honda 1209
KTM 941
Yamaha 453
Triumph 366
Lexmoto 343
Peugeot 324
BMW 323
Kawasaki 266
Suzuki 244
Ducati 236


The takeaway from the December 2017 is that it rounds off a year that consistently showed a steady decrease in the number of motorbike registrations. Over the past few months, Honda had been the most popular brand for registrations and it ended the year on a strong note.


It remains to be seen how motorbike registrations will be affected in 2018, but we’ll be covering MCIA stats on a regular basis, so be sure to check back on our blog regularly.