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British bikers rush to go naked

Ducati MonsterThe 2015 revival of the motorcycle sector continued in September with official registrations figures recording a 15% overall rise – and it is the naked bike sector that is helping lead the growth.

Sales of naked bikes are up 28.3% year-on-year, helping accelerate an overall market that’s seen 10,000 more motorcycles registered thus far in 2015 than last year.

The big bike sector of 651 – 1000cc is also up 26.5% compared to last year.

The growth of naked and larger bikes comes at the expensive of mopeds: this sector is down nearly 13% compared to 2014, and even scooter motorcycles only posted a 4.6% rise.

A stark contrast is found in the engine size registrations: 0 – 50cc is down 12.3%; 651 – 1000cc is up 26.5%.

Overall, 13,536 motorcycles were registered in September 2015, meaning the yearly total stands at almost 94,000.

It’s a welcome recovery for an automotive sector that was hit badly by the recession: what’s more, with 1.2 million motorcycles currently in use, it means a market renewal rate approaching 10% in one year alone.

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