New motorbikes – best sales in 7 years

Did you buy a new motorbike in 2016? You’re in good company. Sales of new motorbikes, all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and scooters in Australia lifted 6.6% from 2015 to 2016. People bought 114,783 shiny new motorbikes, ATVs and scooters during the year. This was the strongest result in 7 years.

In 2016, the most popular brands in Australia’s motorcycle, ATV and scooter market were:

  • Honda, the best selling brand with 22.9%
  • Yamaha with 21.7%
  • Kawasaki, third with 9.2%
  • Harley-Davidson, close behind with 9%.

Road bike sales rose 5% over 2015 with 42% of the total market. A fifth of these were Harley-Davidsons.

Off-road motorcycle sales made up about 35% of the market, led by Yamaha with nearly a third of off-road sales.

The ATV market grew by 14% over 2015 to 20% of the total motorcycle market.

Scooters continued their popularity slide, down 11% on 2015 with only 4% of the market.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has earlier said motorcycle registrations rose 22%, faster than any type of vehicle, from 2010 to 2015. As of 2015, there were over 800,000 motor cycles on the roads. This compares to about 18.4 million currently registered motor vehicles in Australia.


Registration for a motorcycle costs $62 for private or business use. Most ATVs (also known as quad bikes), motocross bikes, pit-bikes and mini-bikes are not designed for registration. This means you can ride them on private property only.

Motorbikes are classified for green slips on the basis of engine size:

  • Under 225cc
  • 226cc to 725cc
  • 726cc to 1,125cc
  • 1,126cc to 1,325cc
  • Over 1,325cc.

You can compare green slip prices for your motorbike by going to our Calculator.

Corrina Baird

Writer and expert

Corrina used to lend her car to her kids and discovered first hand what Ls, Ps and demerits mean for greenslips. After 20 years of writing and research in financial services, she’s an expert in the NSW CTP scheme. Read more about Corrina

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