New motorcycle sales firm up in Q1 2021

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Words: NZ Autocar
8 Apr 2021

New motorcycle registrations year to date, Jan to March, show that 2021 is proving a bit more robust than last year, at least if Q1 figures are any indication. Recall that Covid had an impact in the first quarter last year as it arrived here in late February.

In total, 2117 bikes have been sold in the first quarter of 2021, with March being the best month at 769 registrations, and February being the worst at 659. January saw 689 new machines sold.

Yamaha MT-07 and MT-03 sold 72 units between them in March, while Suzuki moved 38 GSX250s. There were 79 DR650 singles sold in the first quarter of 2021. KTM’s Duke 390 continues to fare well, with around 20 sold in each of the first three months. Triumph moved 16 of its new Trident LAMS 660s in its first month on sale.

These figures compared with 1839 new bikes sold at the same time in 2020; Jan and February saw similar numbers retailed to 2021 but there was a big drop off to 466 in total during March, coinciding with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the first New Zealand cases reported. Just 78 bikes were sold in April last year.
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