October 8 2007.

Statistics released by the Motor Cycle Industry Association for September 2007 show strong sales with the total new year-to-date registrations up 7.4% overall. Despite a poor summer the registration figures are remarkably buoyant and even the Moped sector realised an increase of 3.7% and Scooters rose by 7.4%.

The sector which experienced the biggest growth compared to September 2006 is Adventure Sport with a whopping 41% increase. The year to date increase of 31% is likely to be sustained as Ewan MacGregor and Charley Boorman's second series, 'Long Way Down' is due to air their most recent two-wheeled adventures on BBC. Notably, the BMW R1200GS model used in the expedition is the biggest registering bike in its class with 1,699 (all versions) year-to-date.

The three most popular style of new motorcycles registered in September are Naked (3,108), followed by SuperSport (2,948) and Scooter (2,571) being the third most popular choice this month.

September saw a 18% increase in motorcycle scooter sales compared to September 2006 which could be attributed to teenagers need transport as they are starting first jobs or going on to further/higher education. The Honda 100 Lead is the biggest selling in this class with 1,673 year to date.

With just one-year to go before changes to the motorcycle riding licence test are introduced, registrations of motorcycles under the 125cc learner limit have increased by 37% compared to September 2006. The top selling model in this group is Yamaha YBR125 with 1,809 year to date.

Craig Carey-Clinch, MCI's Director of Public Affairs said, "The healthier new motorcycle market reaffirms that people have a real interest in motorcycling and want to enjoy the many benefits of riding on two wheels. The possibility of an 'Indian Summer' also seems to have inspired people to buy later in the year, as the summer storms have disappeared.

"Interest rate rises and the recent money market credit crisis have challenged household budgets and consumer confidence, but it seems that people are increasingly identifying motorcycles as a cost-effective form of transport, that also opens up wider leisure opportunities.

"Impending changes in legislation that will effect testing in October 2008 seem to be driving more people to taking their test, or getting on two-wheels with a CBT and seems to have helped contribute to the notable jump in registrations of learner-legal bikes"

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