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Motorcycle Market

Motorcycle Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Type (Standard, Sports, Cruiser, Adventure), by Propulsion Type (Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), Electric), by Price Range (Low, Mid, High): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031

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Author's: Mohnish Jayendra Khisty | Lalit Janardhan Katare
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The global motorcycle market size was valued at $105.52 billion in 2021, and is projected to reach $233.51 billion by 2031, registering a CAGR of 8.6% from 2022 to 2031.

A motorcycle, also referred to as a bike or a motorbike, is a type of two-wheeled motor vehicle with a frame made of metal and fiber. Motorcycles are produced with both two-stroke- and four-stroke-cycle engines and with up to four cylinders. Most are air-cooled, though a few are water-cooled. Engines are generally limited to displacements of about 2000cc. Moreover, motorcycles are made for a wide range of uses, including commuting, cruising, long-distance travel, sports activities, racing, and off-road riding. Although, there are three major types of motorcycles categorized into street, off-road, and dual purpose. Currently, there are many sub-types of motorcycles for different purposes. There is often a racing counterpart to each type, such as road racing and street bikes, or motocross including dirt bikes.

Motorcycle Market

At present, the youth consumers are very selective about the performance and comfort of motorcycles, which leads to attractive marketing strategies by manufacturers with the launch of various designs of motorcycles. Meanwhile, motorcycle manufacturers are also focusing on new inventions related to frame metals, riding styles, and shapes to make them more advanced. For instance, in October 2022, BMW AG upgraded its S 1000 R with advancement in the aerodynamics area. The newly designed external fairing is made of exposed visible carbon fiber with a higher windscreen that reduces the aerodynamic drag and increases the top speed significantly in conjunction with optimized airflow around the rider.  

In addition, the increase in demand for motorcycles, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, because of rising fuel costs and developing tourist industry are the main drivers for the growth of the global motorcycle industry. Thus, governments are supporting the purchase of electric mobility through tax credits and incentives to promote the use of these eco-friendly vehicles. For instance, the Indian government announced a plan in June 2019 to reduce the goods and service tax (GST) on electric vehicles from 12% to 5% in order to promote their adoption more quickly. Additionally, infrastructure facilities provided by governments, such as public charging stations, significantly increase the adoption of electric motorcycles by users, driving the market's expansion. Similarly, China has strengthened its industry leadership by making profits across all scopes of the supply side of electric motorcycles including current & projected production of e-motorcycles and their components, such as electric motors and lithium-ion battery cells. For instance, China launched various initiatives for green transportation and implemented regulations regarding emissions, which drive the market toward a positive growth.

Motorcycle Market by Type

The factors such as increase in demand for two-wheeler due to traffic congestion, growth in investment by manufacturers in motorcycle industry for superior performance and comfort and rise in adoption of electric motorcycles supplement the growth of the motorcycle market. However, high risk of accidents and high cost associated with sports bikes are the factors expected to hamper the growth of the motorcycle market. In addition, incorporation of cutting-edge technology in motorcycles and rise in popularity & evolution in motorcycles events in developed economies creates market opportunities for the key players operating in the motorcycle market.

The global motorcycle market is segmented on the basis of type, propulsion type, price range, and region. By type, the market is divided into standard, sports, cruiser, and adventure. By propulsion type, it is fragmented into internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric. By price range, it is categorized into low, mid, and high. By region, it is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

The leading players operating in the motorcycle market are Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) AG, Harley-Davidson Inc., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., KTM AG, Piaggio & C. SpA, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Triumph Motorcycles, TVS Motor Company Ltd., Yamaha Motor Co., and Zero Motorcycles, Inc.

Increase in demand for two-wheeler due to traffic congestion

Motorcycles are the most common means of transportation to get from one place to another. It allows the riders to maneuver through confined spaces, is quick and nimble, and provides an exhilarating experience when riding on various surfaces. Thus, several types of motorcycles, such as sports bikes, cruiser bikes, and touring bikes have been launched over the years to meet the needs of different customers. Also, demand for motorcycles and scooters has increased significantly in rural areas owing to the lack of well-established public transportation. Consumers in rural regions turned to buy motorcycles to avoid the high selling prices and tax rates of four-wheeler.

Thus, increased employment, improvements in disposable income, and rise in traffic congestion are fueling demand for motorcycles in developing regions such as South Asia, thereby fostering the global motorcycle market.

Motorcycle Market by Propulsion Type

Rising adoption of electric motorcycles

Increase in global carbon emission by fuel combustion has been one of the major concerns for governments and environmentalists from the past few decades. This, in turn, boosts the demand for electric motorcycles across the globe, thereby supplementing the growth of the motorcycle market. Meanwhile, governments of various countries are taking initiatives to reduce the carbon footprints by encouraging the use of electric motorcycle/scooter, electric vehicles, and bicycles, owing to increase in awareness toward the hazardous effects of using vehicles running on fossil fuels. Furthermore, to encourage the use of these environment-friendly vehicles, governments around the world are supporting the purchase of electric mobility, in terms of tax credits and incentives. For instance, in June 2019, the Indian Government announced a plan to lower the goods & service tax (GST) on e-vehicles from 12% to 5% for faster adoption of electric vehicles. Also, infrastructure facilities such as public charging stations in many countries by the governments significantly boost the adoption of electric motorcycle by users, thereby propelling the growth of the market.  

Motorcycle Market by Price Range

High risk of accidents

The motorcycle market is frequently constrained by the rising risk of road accidents for riders, despite the fact that motorized two-wheelers have advanced quickly due to their many benefits and improvements. Data from the European Commission show that head injuries were present in around 80% of motorcycle fatalities. In Europe, more than 6,500 two-wheeler riders lose their lives each year, and the risk of mortality for riders is 20 times more than that of passengers, according to the report, which cites two-wheelers as the most hazardous mode of transportation on roadways. However, to encourage the use of helmets and to take preventative measures, a number of programs and campaigns are being proposed. This will aid manufacturers in getting around this restriction. Similar to cars, motorcycles are anticipated to lower these dangers thanks to better safety features.

Motorcycle Market by Region

Rising popularity & evolution in motorcycles events in developed economies

Motorcycle racing was first introduced in the UK. This type of motorcycle racing takes place on physically demanding off-road tracks. Motocross racing events are held in almost all-weather conditions making it more difficult for the participants. Currently, motocross has evolved as a major sport worldwide, and riders or racers need to focus on different aspects of this sporting event. For instance, motocross has garnered more fans in China after the Motocross World Championship, the most influential of the sport's events globally, hosted its annual showcase at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai for two consecutive years from 2020 to 2021. The event entered China for the first time in 2019, filling the gap in first-class motocross events in the country. Also, growing number of women participations in motocross events and increased focus on R&D in the Motorcycles & their ability to improve their reliability and safety, especially regarding the safety of the riders and the spectators, supported the market’s growth. Hence, the rise in popularity & evolution of motocross events primarily is expected to offer lucrative growth opportunities for the global motorcycle market.

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This report provides a quantitative analysis of the market segments, current trends, estimations, and dynamics of the motorcycle market analysis from 2021 to 2031 to identify the prevailing motorcycle market opportunities.
  • The market research is offered along with information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
  • Porter's five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier-buyer network.
  • In-depth analysis of the motorcycle market segmentation assists to determine the prevailing market opportunities.
  • Major countries in each region are mapped according to their revenue contribution to the global market.
  • Market player positioning facilitates benchmarking and provides a clear understanding of the present position of the market players.
  • The report includes the analysis of the regional as well as global motorcycle market trends, key players, market segments, application areas, and market growth strategies.

Motorcycle Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
Market Size By 2031
Market Size By 2031

USD 233.5 billion

Growth Rate
Growth Rate

CAGR of 8.6%

Forecast period
Forecast period

2021 - 2031

Report Pages
Report Pages

310

Motorcycle Market By Type
By Type
  • Standard
  • Sports
  • Cruiser
  • Adventure
Motorcycle Market By Propulsion Type
By Propulsion Type
  • Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)
  • Electric
Motorcycle Market By Price Range
By Price Range
  • Low
  • Mid
  • High
Motorcycle Market By Region
By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Latin America, Middle East, Africa)
Key Market Players
Key Market Players

Harley-Davidson Inc., BMW AG, TVS Motor Company Ltd., HONDA MOTOR CO.,Ltd, SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION, Yamaha Corporation, ZERO MOTORCYCLES, INC., KTM AG, Piaggio & C. SpA, TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES

Analyst Review

Motorcycles are increasingly being seen as a viable option, and thus, demand for motorcycles and scooters is anticipated to rise. Also, surge in demand for sports & adventure activities and improving living standards encourage consumers to participate in adventure activities, are supporting the growth of the market. In 2020, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), off-road motorcycles, witnessed a 50.3% increase in sales in 2020 as compared to the first-half sales of 2019. In addition, the initiatives taken by private organizations to promote biking and adventure sports fuel the market growth in France. For instance, in 2022, GASGAS made plans for the participants of 2022 ISDE in Le Puy en Valley.

Similarly, the growth of off-road motorcycle training facilities and an increase in motorcycle-related events are also assisting the global motorcycle industry. By hosting its annual showcase at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai for two years in a row, from 2020 to 2021, the Motocross World Championship, the sport's most significant competition globally, increased its fan base in China. The event entered China for the first time in 2019, filling the gap in first-class motocross events in the country.

In addition, leading market players of motorcycle industry are introducing new range of bike series, which in turn is anticipated to propel the growth of motorcycle market. For instance, in June 2021, Torrot Electric Europa S.A. announced the launch of new generation off-road motorcycles in the Motocross, Trial, Enduro and Supermotard models. The motorcycles featured simple and intuitive battery exchange system, without connectors or cables, which allowed the motorcycle to be ready to run again in less than 15 seconds. Also, in 2020, BMW AG launched the new ACC system. The new BMW Motorrad Active Cruise Control (ACC) is projected to give utmost comfort as well as safety to the rider while riding. Hence, the motorcycle market has witnessed significant growth in recent years with the technological advancement in motorcycles, intensifying the competition among bike manufacturers.   

Among the analyzed regions, Asia-Pacific is the highest revenue contributor, followed by North America, Europe, and LAMEA. On the basis of forecast analysis, Asia-Pacific is expected to lead during the forecast period, due to surge in technological innovations in automobile industry, increase in focus by manufacturers in motorcycle industry on superior performance and comfort, and rise in the preference of consumer shifting toward premium off-road motorcycles.

Author Name(s) : Mohnish Jayendra Khisty | Lalit Janardhan Katare
Frequently Asked Questions?

Prominent players profiled in the report include BMW AG, Harley-Davidson Inc., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., KTM AG, Piaggio & C. SpA, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Triumph Motorcycles, TVS Motor Company Ltd., Yamaha Motor Co., and Zero Motorcycles, Inc.

The global motorcycle market was valued at $105.53 billion in 2021, and is projected to reach $233.51 billion by 2031, registering a CAGR of 8.6% from 2022 to 2031.

Asia-Pacific is the largest regional market for motorcycle industry.

By vehicle type, the standard motorcycle is the leading segment of global motorcycle market.

Significant rise in the demand of electric motorcycles and technological advancements in the motorcycle industry regarding comfort & safety are the upcoming trends in the electric commercial vehicle market.

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Motorcycle Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031