October 2 2007.

While motorcycle retailers can often enjoy healthy sales of second-hand machines during the last couple of months of the season, EurotaxGlass's reports that this year the volume of new sales, and the attendant clearance prices, have had a significant negative impact on the used market.

"By the time the clocks go back at the end of October many riders will have hung up their leathers for this year," explains Randal Thomas, Motorcycle Editor at EurotaxGlass's. "With demand falling, any motorcyclist still interested in acquiring a machine knows that it is increasingly a buyers' market."

In response, 'Sales' signs are appearing in showroom windows across the UK. Despite the mood of greater caution, the more forward-looking retailers are not afraid to maintain or even increase their stock levels, provided they have the necessary funds, in order to avoid the shortage of stock that always catches out the market at the start of the next sales year.

Some sections of the market have performed better than others.
"September brought the traditional reports of sixteen and seventeen year-olds seeking mopeds, scooters and 125cc learner machines as transport to school, Further Education College or their first job," says Thomas. "Despite this increased demand, there are signs that transaction prices for used machines are being depressed by competition from the significant numbers of low cost brand-new machines arriving from Asia."