Biking ever more popular, Latest figures from the Motor Cycle Industry association (MCI) have shown a one per cent year on year rise in motorbike sales – seemingly a very modest performance until you compare it to the a 6.6 per cent decline in car sales. MCI figures show a 32 per cent increase of adventure bike sales – largely due to the BMW R1200GS – a 15 per cent increase in naked bike sales and a seven per cent increase in custom bike sales. Moped and scooter sales were down through the year. The MCI estimates that 3.5 million people now have motorcycle licences. "People’s interest in motorcycling is broadening and there are more reasons than ever for people to either continue riding or start, whether it is for leisure or commuting purposes," MCI spokesman Craig Carey-Clinch told Motor Cycle News "Safer roads, avoiding congestion, affordable motor bike insurance and adopting a cost-effective and convenient way of travelling are just some of the explanations that maintain motorcycling's appeal," he added. How do recent Aussie figures compare? Surely with our great climate we should also be seeing significant increases?