That compares with 21,599 for the same period in 2018 when sales were down 13.4% on the previous year. Sales results for the full year of 2018 were down 8.7% and are down almost 30% since the end of 2016.
Some of the sales decline could be due to the uncertainty in the economy owing to the impending Federal Election.
FCAI motorcycle spokesman Rhys Griffiths agrees, but adds that lending practices and high house prices also have an effect.
“We’d all like to think there would be a bump in sales after election, but if there is a change of government, people would also be less likely and take a wait-and-see approach,” he says.
“If there is a bounce, it may be in the third quarter with the seasonal implications of spring as well.”
All categories were affected by the tumbling pace of sales except scooters which were up 29.6% from a low base eroded over the past few years.
Rhys says the scooter sales bump could be due to delivery services such as Uber Eats.
Pace leaders and losers
Honda was the overall leader with a 21.8% share of the national market, but a 17.4% drop in sales.
Yamaha was second with a 20.8% share (down 8.4% in sales) and Kawasaki with 11.8% (-6.8%).
Road motorcycles fell 19.2% as Harley-Davidson returned to the lead again with a 19.1% share even though Harley sales continued to plummet 17.8%.
Yamaha was second with 18.2% (down 8% in sales) and Honda with a share of 16.6%, but down a whopping 37.9%.