Statistics from the Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council confirm the suspicion of everyone on the street: Motorcycles just aren’t selling as well as they used to in Canada. In fact, Canadian motorcycle sales numbers are in for 2010, and retail sales are down 11 per cent.
Diving further into those numbers, there are some surprises; mini bike sales are down a whopping 33 per cent, dual sport bikes are down 13 per cent, street bikes are down 11 per cent, competition bike sales dropped eight per cent, but scooters? Well, they only dropped 0.8 per cent, though maybe they have already hit the bottom after a few years of very steep declines.
Those numbers may sound unpleasant, but things could be worse. Just this week, the US motorcycle industry reported a 15 per cent decline in 2010 with sales of about 440,000, down over 80,000 bikes from 2009.
In total, Canadian dealers pushed 56,975 bikes on to consumers this year, down from 64,087 the year before. Of that number, 34,342 were street bikes, 3,240 were dual sports, 7,602 were competition bikes (we assume this includes motocross), 4,733 were dirt bikes, and 6,112 were scooters. Only 946 were mini bikes, so it looks like kids are getting the short end of the stick from their parents when it comes to bike buying.
Surprisingly Quebec led the country in two-wheeled sales (after their draconian insurance rate hikes to boot) at 15,371, followed closely by Ontario at 13,855. Alberta and BC came third and fourth in sales, respectively.