Motorcycles and OHVs (Off Highway Vehicles) are continuing to build on their popularity as a viable choice for personal mobility with the 2021 first half sales results recording solid growth, according to The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the peak body for the automotive industry in Australia.
Total sales for the period from January to the end of June 2021 were 55,840 units, an increase on the corresponding period last year of 3001 motorcycles, scooters and off highway vehicles when the result was 52,839.
“This steady growth of 5.7 per cent over the same period in 2020 shows us that there is strong demand from buyers who want to use a motorcycle as their first choice for the daily commute and for recreation,” according to FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber.
“As cities and communities continue on the path of returning to the workplace, we are seeing signs that motorbikes are an ideal choice for reducing congestion on our roads.”
Road bikes exhibited an increase in sales, with 17,331 units sold during the first half of 2021. This represents an increase of 13.7 per cent, or 2088 units, on the first half 2020 result, when 15,243 units were sold.
Off-Road motorcycles also recorded some growth, with 22,231 units sold during the first half – a 6.4 per cent increase on the 2020 first half figure.
OHVs have slowed considerably from their significant sales growth during the past year, now accounting for sales of 13,779 units this half. This is a decrease of 766 units, or 5.3 per cent, over the same period in 2020 when 14,545 units were sold.
Scooter sales were up 15.4 per cent to 2499 units, or 333 units more than in the first half of 2020, when 2166 units were sold.