Apart from KTM and Kawasaki, all other premium motorcycle brands have reported a negative growth in September 2017.
The month of September saw most premium two-wheeler manufacturers register a fall in sales, while only Kawasaki and KTM showed signs of positive growth. August and September are considered auspicious months in the Indian calendar year owing to the host of festivals. In spite of the festive season, premium motorcycle sales have been dull.
Sales of the Suzuki motorcycles overall have improved marginally when compared to July sales figures. July saw sales of 15 units while September sales were 23 units with the Hayabusa raking in 22 units (no wonder it is locally assembled, the only big Suzuki bike to go the CKD route). Triumph seems to be losing sheen on the Indian market especially its Tiger series of motorcycles.
The Tiger 800 XR/XRx sold just 6 units while the Bonneville T120 and Bobber managed to sell 50 and 25 units respectively. When compared to July sales, September sales have more than tripled for the British motorcycle manufacturer, which is a good thing. However, sales of the Street Triple maker have seen a big decline post demonitisation, no wonder they decided to join hands with Bajaj to stay financially viable in the Indian market.
Though Kawasaki has recorded a fall in sales, it retains its third position. The Ninja 300 at 32 units, Ninja 650 at 25 units and Versys 650 at 31 units are raking in the numbers for Team Green. Cumulatively they contribute to over 50 percent sales. Surprisingly, the Z900 which sold 48 units in July, saw sales of only 7 units in September 2017. The litre-class beasts, Ninja 1000 and Ninja ZX-14R saw sales of 13 and 1 units respectively. The Street 750 and Street Rod are the highest selling Harley-Davidsons at 126 and 91 units respectively. The CVO Limited and Roadglide Special found one taker each in the month of September.
Austria based KTM continues to dominate the premium motorcycles sales chart with its value-for-money motorcycles. The Duke and RC 200 sold 2985 units while the Duke 250 sold 586 units. The Duke and RC 390 saw 943 homes and overall KTM’s sales have seen an improvement of over 33 percent. Honda and Yamaha’s premium motorcycles found no takers in the month of September 2017, go ahead and launch more scooters now!
Premium Motorcycle Sales September 2017
– Triumph sales decline to 81 units from 108
– KTM’s sales record a growth of over 33 percent
– No sales from Yamaha and Honda