European motorcycle manufacturers BMW and Ducati both released sales numbers in the last few days, but they’re two different stories.
April was a record-setting month for BMW; the German manufacturer sold 14,587 units in April, up from 13,088 the year before. That’s an all-time record for BMW in April.
That number is likely mostly due to the new water-cooled R1200GS, but BMW says their other models are doing well too. They’ve certainly got a fresh lineup this year, with their new touring F800GT, the revamped F700GS, and the high-spec HP4.
On the other hand, Ducati announced a slip in Q1 sales. While the high-end Italian sportbikes sold very well last year, like BMW, they saw a 5.2 per cent drop in sales in the first quarter this year, under their new owners from Audi.