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U.K. motorcycle, scooter registrations up, report shows

Registrations of two-wheelers in the United Kingdom were up 4 percent in October compared to the same month last year, an industry group reported.

According to the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI), 11,408 mopeds, scooters and motorcycles were registered in October.

Total registrations for the first 10 months of the year stands at 125,494, 1.5 percent down from 2007.

“The motorcycle industry is not immune to the economic downturn, but the resilience of the market this year reinforces the fact that (two-wheelers) are more relevant than ever,” said Steve Kenward, MCI’s acting chief executive.

Nearly all categories of motorcycles and scooters showed gains in October, with the exceptions of custom, naked and trail/enduro motorcycles. The biggest jump was in the touring class with a 50.5 percent improvement on October last year. Adventure sport motorcycles were up by more than 43 percent in the month and there were increases across most engine capacities.

The Suzuki GSX-R 1000 recorded the highest number of registrations in the month with 181, closely followed by the 125cc Yamaha YBR 125 with 177 sales. Yamaha was also the biggest-selling brand with 1,632 units. Honda was next with 1,383 followed by Suzuki with 1,125.

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