It’s been a difficult year for most motorcycle brands and their dealers with the latest industry sales figures showing a near 8% decline in sales compared to last year.
The sales data, supplied by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), shows national motorcycle, ATV and SSV sales for the nine months to the end of September declined 7.8%.
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Industry sales for the period totalled 73,141.
Much of the slide through 2017 has been in the road bikes segment – the FCAI data showing sales here are down nearly 15%.
Despite the receding demand, road bikes remained the biggest-selling segment with 29,625 sales in the nine-month period.
That figure represents a 40.5% share of the total motorcycle market.
Scooter sales were also down 14% and off-road bikes slid backwards by 5%.
On a more positive note for the industry the ATV and SSV segment grew by 4.5% to snare a 22.8% share (or 16,657 sales).
Polaris led this segment followed by Honda and Yamaha.
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