September 7 2007.

Statistics released by the Motor Cycle Industry Association for August 2007 show sales have remained stable with the year-to-date new registrations up 5.1% overall.

Despite the awful weather and interest rates hikes seen in July, 2007 continues to look rosey for the UK motorcycle market as new motorcycle sales increased by 7.8% in August (11,516 for the month and 98,177 year-to-date, compared to 10,687 and 93,375 respectively in August 2006).

Booming registrations of Adventure Sport bikes, up by a third over last year, look set to continue as BBC television prepares to screen Ewan MacGregor and Charley Boorman's 'Long Way Down' series, recording their recent journey from the Northernmost tip of Scotland to the Southernmost tip of South Africa.

Scooters and small-engine motorcycles now make up around half of all new registrations, a trend which looks set to continue following extension of the London Congestion Charging Zone and as cities across Britain are considering similar schemes.

Statistics show that the most popular style of new motorcycle in August is SuperSport (1,962), followed by Scooter (1,860) and Naked (1,671) being the third most popular choice this month.

Total sales of new and used motorcycles, scooters and mopeds have exceeded a third of a million in the first six months of the year. A total of 336, 017 machines have been sold up to July 2007. Latest DVLA figures, published by SMMT, show the number of used two and three-wheelers changing hands during the first half of 2007 was 249,360, up 7% on the first half of 2006.

MCI analysis shows that whilst used transactions appeared to falter in 2006, the period July 2006-June 2007 saw the largest volume of used transactions in any twelve-month period this century. Over the same period, new bike registrations reached 140,000, their highest point for four years. The total number of new and used motorcycle transactions for the period from July 06- June 07 was 620,000.

Craig Carey-Clinch, MCI's Director of Public Affairs said, "The healthier new motorcycle market and a resurgence in used bike sales is very cheering and confirms that people have a real interest in motorcycling and want to enjoy the many benefits of riding on two wheels.

"Nearly twice as many people are buying used machines, compared to new ones. In an temperamental economic climate with rising interest rates and a growing cost of living, this is not surprising, but the most important thing is people are still opting for two wheels in today's heavily congested and taxed motoring environment."