German Cycle Sales Shrink in 2005

Two-wheeler sales in Germany last year totaled 120,927 units, down from 127,614 units in 2004, according to industry trade group Industrie-Verband Motorrad Deutschland (IVM), which said cruiser sales plummeted 14.35 percent, supersport bike sales sunk 8.97 percent, touring model sales dropped 6.84 percent, sportbike sales fell 6.55 percent, and scooter sales shrunk 4.60 percent.
BMW and Suzuki appear to be the most popular motorcycle brands for German consumers seeking large capacity models.
Sales results assembled by the IVM show the BMW R 1200 GS, responsible for the sale of 6,919 units, was the best-selling motorcycle in Germany in 2005. It was followed by the second-best selling Honda CBF 600 S, responsible for 5,138 units; the Suzuki GSF 650 Bandit; Yamaha FZ 6 Fazer; GSX-R 1000; Suzuki GSF 1200 Bandit; Honda CBR Fireblade; BMW K 1200 S; Kawasaki Z 750; and BMW R 1200 RT.
The IVM separately gauged only the top five models of motorcycle bought by women. Topping the list was the Honda CBF 600 S, responsible for 886 sales. It was followed by the BMW R 1200 GS, which sold 418 units; Suzuki SV 650, 353 units; Yamaha FZ 6 Fazer, 349 units; Kawasaki Z 750, 334 units.
The two best-selling scooters larger than 125cc were the Suzuki Burgman 650 and Vespa GTS 250. The best-selling unit 125cc and smaller was the Honda SH 125.

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