After a rebound in the second quarter, on-highway retail sales are now on par with last year's sales, according the quarterly report released by the Motorcycle Industry Council. Given that on-highway sales fell 11.2 percent in the first quarter when compared to year-ago levels, Dealernews calculates a 5.7 percent increase in Q2 over sales of the same period last year.
Scooter and dual-sport sales (which the MIC counts separately from on-highway sales — see charts below) continue to explode. Year to date, they are up 65.7 percent and 24.3 percent, respectively.
The traditional off-road market continues to decline. ATV sales so far this year are off 23.4 percent compared to last year; dirtbike sales are off 19.7 percent.
The MIC posts numbers on a quarterly basis. The data applies only to 19 reporting manufacturers: Aprilia, Arctic Cat, BMW, Bombardier, Buell, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, John Deere, Kawasaki , KTM, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa, Victory and Yamaha.
ATV sales do not include UTVs.