Sales of new motorcycles in the first half of 2021 reached the highest level since 9.383 with 2009 units. The figures from RAI Association, BOVAG and RDC show that in the first six months of this year, almost 9 percent more new motorcycles were delivered than in the same period last year. The total number of motorcycles has grown to almost 770.000. Compared to the months of April, May and June 2020, the increase in the past second quarter was 27 percent. In June, 2.168 new motorcycles were registered, 28 percent more than in June last year, while the increase in May was 18 percent and even 36 percent in April. Motorcycling is popular and due to the corona measures, the need for travelers to travel individually is great.

More young motorcyclists
After most new motorcycles have been delivered since 2020 in calendar year 2008, the popularity of motorcycling continues to be high this year. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in March 2020, the total number of motorcycles in the Netherlands has grown by almost 20.000 units to 769.658 on July 1, 2021, the highest number ever. The number of young owners up to the age of 25 grew by more than 19 percent to 26.462 during that period. Only in the age group of 46 to 55 years was there a decrease in motorcycle ownership (minus 3,4 percent to 177.120 owners). Most motorcycles are owned by people between the ages of 56 and 66: 202.758 units.

The most registered brands in the first half of 2021:
BMW: 1.511 units (16,1 percent market share)
Yamaha: 1.411 (15,0 percent)
Kawasaki: 1.387 (13,8 percent)
Honda: 995 (10,6 percent)
KTM: 805 (8,6 percent)

Less private trade
Motorcycle companies sold 29.447 used motorcycles in the first six months of this year, more than 3 percent more than in the same period a year ago. In addition, this was the highest number since monthly sales are reported by RDC (since 2007). On the other hand, trade in used cars between private individuals declined in the past six months. Without the intervention of a professional dealer, 46.444 used motorcycles changed hands, or 8,5 percent less than in the first half of 2020. Royal RAI Association.

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