February 20 2004. Scooter sales in the UK in January rose by 153% compared to the same period last year, although mopeds dropped by half.

Figures released by the Motor Cycle Industry Association show that 245 scooters were registered compared to 97 a year ago, whereas the moped category, with 1333 registrations, was 50% down on the same period last year.

Total moped and scooter sales totalled 1578, a 43% drop and total motorcycle sales were 9% down with 4440 for the month, although Adventure, Custom, Scooter, Touring and Trail/ Enduro categories showed an upturn in popularity.

Piaggio´s ZIP was the top moped scooter and best-selling machine in the up-to-125cc category with 130 registrations and the Easy Rider M50 topped the scooter class with 93.

In the Adventure Sport class, Honda´s XL125 V Varadero saw 72 registrations; Harley Davidson´s 1200 topped the Custom class with 29; Honda´s SCV 100 Lead the Scooter class with 119; Honda´s CBR 125R the Supersports with 99; Honda´s NT650 V Deauville the Tourers with 38; Honda´s XR125 the Trail/ Enduro with 92 and the Buell Firebolt XB9R the Naked category with 39 registrations.

But the top-selling machine of the month with 139 registrations was Suzuki´s Sport/ Touring SV650S.