News 8 Jan 2019

Honda tops overall motorcycle sales in 2018

Australian motorcycle market records 8.7 percent decline in sales.

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Honda Motorcycles Australia has topped overall sales for 2018 according to the latest Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) report, which has indicated a 8.7 percent decline in overall sales for the industry from 2017.

The Japanese manufacturer rounded out the year with 22,735 motorcycles sold, edging out Yamaha Motor Australia’s 21,145 units and Kawasaki Motors’ 9376 sales.

Honda tied on road bike sales with Harley-Davidson, the duo each securing 7019 sales in the division, while Yamaha was third with 5702 motorcycles sold.

The best selling motorcycle of 2018 was Honda’s CB125E, posting a 58.8 increase in popularity with a total of 1113 rolling out of dealerships around the country, followed by Kawasaki’s all-new Ninja 400 (1089 units) and the Yamaha MT-07L (1002 units).

The adventure touring market was taken out by Suzuki DR650SE (574 units), as the naked bike sector was topped by the previously listed CB125E. Harley-Davidson’s Street 500 rolled in first in the cruiser category with 944 purchases, while the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special took top honours in the touring division 272 units.

Yamaha’s popular YZF-R3A sits atop the sports touring charts with 712 sales, with the final super sport sector was taken out by the Ninja 400.

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