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Motorcycle Sales Figures

January 1 2017 through September 30 2017

Sales down 7.8 per cent (all sectors)

Honda #1 Overall

Harley lead road bike market

Yamaha lead off-road sales

Road sales retract 14.9 per cent

Dirtbike sales drop 5 per cent


Honda continue to lead the way in overall sales when results from all sectors of the market are combined but once again Harley-Davidson rules the roadbike market.

In fact, the Harley-Davidson FXSB Breakout is the outright biggest selling motorcycle in Australia across all categories. Besting even Honda’s NBC110 as used by Australia post, 1092 sales of the Breakout versus 1086 units for the NBC110. Yamaha’s WR450F was next best, third overall, and the biggest selling off-road bike. 

Top Ten Selling Motorcycles Overall

  1. Harley Breakout 1092 +8.2%
  2. Honda NBC110 1086 -40.5%
  3. Yamaha WR450F 1069 -23.1%
  4. Honda CRF50F 1065 +5%
  5. Yamaha PW50 920 +2.4%
  6. Harley-Davidson Street 889 -24.3%
  7. Yamaha TT-R50E 851 +3%
  8. Honda Grom 848 +3.3%
  9. Honda CRF230F 809 +6.3%
  10. Honda CRF110F 791 +3.8%

National motorcycle, ATV and SSV sales for the nine months to the end of September declined 7.8 per cent compared with the same period in 2016, according to the latest sales data published by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

Industry sales for the nine months totalled 73,141, with Honda holding a market lead of 22.8 per cent ahead of Yamaha with a 19.9 per cent share and 14,546 sales, Kawasaki third (9.5%, 6,936 sales) and Harley-Davidson fourth (8.9%, 6,526 sales).

Road bikes were again the highest volume segment, with 29,625 sales or 40.5 per cent of the total motorcycle market. This volume represents a decline of 14.9 per cent on road bike sales for the corresponding nine months of 2016. 


Road Motorcycles

But even H-D are not immune to the overall sales downturn with sales of the American icon down almost ten per cent compared to the same period in 2016. 

Honda slipped further behind Harley in roadbike sales, but significantly strengthened their buffer over third placed Yamaha.

Despite having an incredible armoury of roadbikes, including the highest performing learner legal offerings in the market, and an enviable range of dirtbikes, even Yamaha took a significant hit, overall sales across all sectors combined down 14.3 per cent, but down 27.7 per cent in roadbike sales. 

Suzuki, KTM, Polaris and BMW round out the top eight, but that entire quartet also recorded slumps of ten per cent or more compared to what was in itself a relatively lacklustre 2016. 

Triumph took a hefty hit this year, but it must be said that result comes off the back of an unprecedented run of growth for the brand, as they rose strongly on the back of a cavalcade of new models in 2016. 

KTM held their hard won ground in the road bike market and the Austrian manufacturer is not too far shy of threatening Ducati for eighth place in road motorcycle sales. 

Overall, road motorcycle sales were down almost 15 per cent as a whole. Despite this, road sales continue to out-strip off-road sales by a hefty margin, although comparatively off-road sales were down only 5 per cent on 2016 figures. 

Aprilia and Moto Guzzi are well down but this year a change of distributorship slowed down the supply of vehicles and these brands should start to recover some of that lost ground in the year ahead. 

Hysoung’s slow miserable death is all but over now with only 21 machines being sold this year, a far cry from the four-figure sales records the Korean brand set only a few years ago.

The re-birth of Norton has become somewhat aborted with zero of the machines registered as sold in 2017. NF Importers shifted 29 of the British machines last year, what will happen in 2018 for the Norton brand is anyone’s guess…

Overall, the road bike market was down 14.9 per cent. 


Dirtbikes

Off-Road Yamaha continue to lead the way and still enjoy a hefty lead over Honda, however while Yamaha’s off-road sales were down 8.3 per cent, Honda actually bucked the downward trend and grew their share of the dirtbike market, a 6.9 per cent improvement over the same period in 2016 a great result for Big Red, and it is this segment that is performing most strongly for the brand this year. 

KTM are still very strong but like most in the off-road segment saw their sales contract, down 13.5 per cent while Kawasaki slipped 7.8 per cent.

Suzuki’s carry-over models for 2017 hurt their sales resulting in a 20.2 per cent downturn. 

Husqvarna continued their stellar growth path of late, growth of more than 30 per cent for Husky was a great result and if their current trajectory is retained they might start threatening to move past both Kawasaki and Suzuki in off-road sales. 


Scooters

The scooter market continues to contract, down 14 per cent across the sector. Yamaha, Aprilia and BMW suffering the biggest drops in scooter sales while Suzuki managed to buck the trend a little, recording a modest increase. Suzuki’s Address is Australia’s top selling scooter. 

Piaggio the biggest selling scooter brand ahead of Honda and Vespa. Vmoto, the Asian brand that took the scooter market by storm a decade ago registered zero sales in 2017. 


ATV

Conversely, ATV sales remain quite strong. For every scooter sold, there are six ATV machines leaving Australian dealerships. In fact, ATV sales make up more than 20 per cent of the overall Australian market. North American brand Polaris leads the way in ATV sales ahead of Honda and Yamaha. Suzuki lost the most ground in ATV sales but still remains ahead of Kawasaki, who conversely experienced the best growth figures amongst the four-wheeled machines. 


Motorcycle Sales by brand – All Categories

  YTD 2017 YTD 2016 % CHANGE
TOTAL 73141 79352 -7.8%
1.Honda 16646 17093 -2.6%
2.Yamaha 14546 16973 -14.3%
3.Kawasaki 6936 7455 -7.0%
4.Harley Davidson 6526 7201 -9.4%
5.Suzuki 5765 6965 -17.2%
6.KTM 5605 6277 -10.7%
7.Polaris 4758 4000 -19.0%
8.BMW 2098 2466 -14.9%
9.Husqvarna 1986 1492 33.1%
10.BRP Australia 1970 1959 0.6%
11.Triumph 1745 2310 -24.5%
12.Ducati 1349 1506 -10.4%
13.Piaggio 748 771 -3.0%
14.Others 620 639 -3.0%
15.Vespa 602 650 -7.4%
16.Indian 525 451 16.4%
17.Aprilia 308 509 -39.5%
18.Victory 250 170 47.1%
19.Moto Guzzi 98 181 -45.9%
20.Torino 39 40 -2.5%
21.Hyosung 21 137 -84.7%
22.Norton 0 29 -100.0%
23.VMoto 0 78 -100.0%

 

Road Motorcycles Only (No Scooters)

  YTD 2017 YTD 2106 CHANGE %
TOTAL 29625 34829 -14.9%
1.Harley Davidson 6526 7201 -9.4%
2.Honda 5720 6670 -14.2%
3.Yamaha 4211 5822 -27.7%
4.Kawasaki 3253 3689 -11.8%
5.BMW 2029 2373 -14.5%
6.Suzuki 1964 2319 -15.3%
7.Triumph 1745 2310 -24.5%
8.Ducati 1349 1506 -10.4%
9.KTM 1310 1310 0.0%
10.Indian 525 451 16.4%
11.Others 349 335 4.2%
12.Victory 250 170 47.1%
13.Husqvarna 146 94 55.3%
14.Aprilia 126 228 -44.7%
15.Moto Guzzi 98 181 -45.9%
16.Hyosung 21 137 -84.7%
17.Torino 3 4 -25.0%
19.Norton 0 29 -100.0% 

 

Off-Road Motorcycles Only (No ATV)

  YTD 2017 YTD 2016 % CHANGE
TOTAL 24066 25334 -5.0%
1.Yamaha 7048 7688 -8.3%
2.Honda 5936 5551 6.9%
3.KTM 4295 4967 -13.5%
4.Kawasaki 2557 2772 -7.8%
5.Suzuki 2204 2763 -20.2%
6.Husqvarna 1840 1398 31.6%
7.Others 186 195 -4.6%

 

Scooters Only

  YTD 2017 YTD 2016 % CHANGE
TOTAL 2793 3246 -14.0%
1.Piaggio 748 771 -3.0%
2.Honda 656 708 -7.3%
3.Vespa 602 650 -7.4%
4.Suzuki 278 272 2.2%
5.Aprilia 182 281 -35.2%
6.Yamaha 137 248 -44.8%
7.Others 85 109 -22.0%
8.BMW 69 93 -25.8%
9.Torino 36 36 0.0%

 

ATV Only

  YTD 2017 YTD 2016 % CHANGE
TOTAL 16657 15943 4.5%
1.Polaris 4758 4000 19.0%
2.Honda 4334 4164 4.1%
3.Yamaha 3150 3215 -2.0%
4.BRP Australia 1970 1959 0.6%
5.Suzuki 1319 1611 -18.1%
6.Kawasaki 1126 994 13.3%