Which are the top 10 best selling motorbikes of 2016 so far?


This year has been a bumper one for bikers. A host of new models have hit the market, and even more have been recently unveiled for 2017.

And, while we can tell you our personal favourites, numbers speak far louder than words. Registration figures from the Department for Transport have revealed which were the most popular two-wheeled purchases in the first two-thirds of this year.

All of the models to have made the list sold fewer than 500 units before September, however these sales figures are high enough to secure them a spot in the top 10.

The best selling motorbike of the first two-thirds of 2016 is Honda's PCX125 scooter, with 472 units registered.

Top 10 Best Selling Bikes of 2016

Top 10 Best Selling Bikes of 2016

In tenth place is BMW's S1000XR, a touring version of the German manufacturer's S1000RR, which boasts the superbike's potent litre engine, remapped to make 160bhp at the back wheel.

Costing £12,450, 258 S1000XRs were registered in the first two thirds of 2016. The model combines power with a high and comfortable riding position – what's not to love?

With only 37 more units registered, Triumph's Bonneville was the ninth most popular bike. The entry-level model was new for 2016, and boasts a high torque 900cc parallel twin engine. Costing only £7,500 on the road, it can even be restricted for A2 license holders.

304 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer ABS models were registered until the end of August this year. The touring model, which costs just over £8,000, out-performed its naked sibling – the MT-09 – by almost three-to-one.

BMW makes a second entry to the top 10 list with the R1200GS, which is seventh. The adventure tourer, which costs from £12,185, saw 330 units registered– and that's not including sales of the more expensive R1200GS Adventure, which, if added, would take the GS to number one on this list.

Instead, the R1200GS Adventure occupies its own place on this list. The £13,050 model has just pipped its standard sibling to the sixth place, with 332 units registered.

Yamaha's A2-licence-friendly MT-07 ABS, which costs from just over £5,000, took fifth position in the top ten list, with 346 registered.

A learner legal model was the fourth most popular bike of the first two-thirds of 2016. Honda's £2,499 CB125F saw 407 units registered.

And Honda models continue to impressive, with the Japanese manufacturer claiming both third, second and first places.

The £1,999 NSC110 Vision scooter saw 418 units registered.

And, in second place, the ever-capable CRF1000L Africa Twin, which costs from £10,499, saw 446 manual units registered. A further 157 DCT models were also registered.