Super Soco’s range of battery-powered bikes out-sold the likes of Aprilia, Suzuki, Ducati and Harley-Davidson in November to be among the 10 best-selling bike manufacturers in the UK. It’s a watershed moment for electrics…
We all know that the past couple of years has been a very strange time for all of us.
Almost all aspects of our lives have been affected by the global pandemic – and the world of motorcycling is no exception.
Fears about using public transport, increased working from home, supply issues and other factors have all played a part.
Yet sales of bikes have been surprisingly strong.
Figures from the Motorcycle Industry Association show a 13% increase in the year till November 2021 compared to 2022.
To be precise, that is 100,919 units sold up until the end of November 2021.
As we are getting used to by now, electric bikes are showing the biggest growth by far.
Sales of battery-powered bikes were up a massive 158% year-on-year.
November also marked something of a milestone as, for there first time, an all-electric bike brand featured in the top 10 sales for the month.
Super Soco sneaked in at No.10 on the list, outselling manufacturers including Aprilia, Suzuki, Ducati and Harley-Davidson.
The company’s CPx model dominated sales in the 0-50cc (or electric equivalent) category.
The nippy little scooter is actually classed as a 125cc equivalent by the company as it is an L3 category vehicle and achieves 56mph – similar to a petrol 125.
But because it uses a 4.Kw battery, the MCIA puts it in the 0-50cc equivalent bracket.
The Super Soco CUx is also performing well.
One less encouraging Covid-affected statistic is the number of people passing their motorbike test.
The figure for 2020/21 was just 16,000 – down from 36,000 in 2019/20 and 38,000 in 2018/19.
But all the indicators are that the numbers will jump up again once things are back to normal.
The electric bike sales news came as Ducati tested its MotoE prototype on the track for the first time.
The V21L was put through its paces at the Misano circuit in Italy by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro.
The bike will race in the FIM Moto World Cup in the 2023 season – the electric class of MotoGP.
Ducati will become the sole supplier of bikes for the series from that season.
After his session, Pirro told Mirror Motorcycling: “The bike is light and already has good balance.
“The throttle connection in the first opening phase and the ergonomics are very similar to those of a MotoGP bike.
“If it weren’t for the silence and for the fact that in this test, we decided to limit the power output to just 70% of performance, I could easily have imagined that I was riding my bike.”
Ducati’s eMobility Director, Roberto Cane, added that refining the race bike would be crucial in the development of a road-going electric version which would be “sporty, light, exciting and able to satisfy all enthusiasts”.