In Germany, over 23,000 brand new motorbikes were registered in April 2022, down 1.8 percent from the previous year. Registrations for mid to large-capacity scooters as well as small-displacement scooters, however, were much higher, hinting at shifting trends when it comes to the two-wheeled mobility preferences of folks in the region.  

The 1.8 percent decline in motorcycle sales is only for April; nevertheless, the market is still 10.25 percent higher than last year and 6.64 percent higher than 2020 numbers for the full period from January to April.

2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE
The Kawasaki Z900 is the best-selling Japanese motorcycle in Germany for April 2022.

Let's look at the April numbers for full-size bikes, small-displacement motorcycles, mid to large-capacity scooters, and small-displacement scooters. For starters, full-size bikes are down 8.7 percent from the same month last year, while small-displacement motorcycles are down 11.9 percent. The converse is true for maxi-scooters, which have increased 14.4 percent over the same month last year, and small-displacement scooters, which have increased 6.7 percent.

Models from Italian scooter manufacturer Vespa have typically led the 125cc scooter market. True enough, this is still the situation in April 2022. There are 686 Vespa GTS 125 Super registrations and 422 Vespa Primavera registrations out of a total of 3,202 new registrations. Meanwhile, a Vespa, too—the GTS 300 Super, is the most popular among the bigger scooters, with 749 new registrations in April. 

Moving on to beginner-friendly, small-displacement motorcycles, the KTM 125 Duke grabbed first spot with 289 units out of 3,076 registered in April. Surprisingly, with just 142 new registrations in April, the sporty Yamaha MT-125 came in ninth. It's no surprise that the BMW R 1250 GS remains the most popular full-size motorbike, with 1,017 units sold. It's worth noting that the GS is the lone BMW in the top 20 this month, with Japanese models like the Kawasaki Z900, which sold 484 units, faring better. In April 2022, there were 13,055 new registrations for full-size bikes.

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