Europe has long used scooters or mopeds as a recognized form of transportation. Romantic images and stereotypes have riders zipping around well-known cities through famous landmarks. But a continuing trend have those riders moving out of the smaller engine scooters and into full-fledged motorcycles.
The latest indicator of this comes from registration numbers Europe-wide for the first two months of 2016. A total of 129,387 powered-two and three-wheelers, the industry term for scooters and motorcycles, were registered during January and February of 2016 in the EU. These have been released by ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers. This group is the trade association that represents manufacturers of powered-two and three-wheelers as well as quadricycles in Europe.
This represents an increase of 11.5% compared to the 116,087 vehicles registered during the same period of 2016.
Ducati's Scrambler - Born in the same country enjoying the most motorcycle registrations - Source Ducati
Italy, a country most closely connected with scooters (Vespa anyone?) leads the increased registrations up 26 percent when compared to the same period the year prior. Spain is a close second with registrations up 24.4 percent and the United Kingdom is third on the charts enjoying an increase of 18.3 percent. A country where registrations were down, Germany with a decrease of 4.7% percent.
When these overall numbers are broken down between mopeds and motorcycles, we find that our favorite two-wheeled past time is carrying the growth of the latest registrations.
Across Europe, motorcycle registrations grew by 18.9 percent during the first two months of 2016 on a year-on year basis. Those who paid attention in calculus class will note, this larger number is the first indication that the improved overall registration numbers look as good as they do because motorcycles appear to be enjoying a surge of popularity.
To this point, moped registrations decreased 7.7% in the first two months of 2016 when compared to the year prior.
Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in most key European markets with Italy leading the way with 29.5% increase. Spain is an incredibly close second place with 29.5 percent increase. The United Kingdom enjoyed 20.5 percent more registrations, Germany 11 percent improvement and France isn’t out of the running, showing an increase of 4.4%.
Another trend realized when the registration numbers are broken down by month, the increase of motorcycle registrations is larger in February than January. This could indicate sales improving as summer comes closer and if so, will Europe enjoy a record-breaking year for motorcycles?
This is going to be an interesting motorcycle year.