China’s domestic motorcycle market has suffered a downturn in recent years due to the banning of motorcycles in many Chinese urban centres. China’s domestic motorcycle sales reached a high of around 19,000,000 units in 2009 and then suffered gradual decreases for 4 consecutive years.
In 2013, the market decreased by 5.73% from 2012 to 13,880,000 units, 26.94% less than 2009. Domestic sales decreased due to ban on motorcycles in urban centres, the national economic transformation and the rural market downturn.
In Chinese rural areas, motorcycles are used for a variety of purposes, including personal transportation, passenger vehicles, and cargo transportation. Improved living standard in these areas in recent years has led to the replacement of motorcycles with mini-cars and e-bikes.