Hi all, I hope I'm not doubling up here, but a friend e-mailed this to me, and I thought it was a pretty neet piece of info... Honda seems to be ruling the market.. Motorcycle sales jump 21pc February 17, 2005 From: AAP MOTORCYCLE sales jumped more than 20 per cent last year, giving the industry its best result since the mid-1970s. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) said 89,374 motorcycles were sold in Australia in 2004, an increase of 15,702, or 21.3 per cent, over 2003. Honda was the top selling brand with 25,498, ahead of Yamaha on 22,742 and Suzuki on 11,393. The FCAI said road bike sales grew 26 per cent to 31,967 while sales of sports bikes jumped by 22 per cent to 6316 and cruiser sales increased eight per cent to 7093. Advertisement: The off-road motorcycle market rose by 13 per cent to 42,631 and still accounted for almost 48 per cent of all sales. Within the road bike market, sales of scooters almost doubled to 7893. FCAI chief executive Peter Sturrock said the revival of the road bike market was attributed to the general strength of the Australian economy and the trend towards inner-city living. "On the one hand, the long-term strength of the economy means increasing numbers of people feel they can afford a sports bike or a cruiser as a weekend recreational vehicle," Mr Sturrock said. "On the other, the trend towards high-density, inner-city living has created a new market for scooters."