Top Selling Motorbikes in NZ

Canstar wraps up the most popular brands and models of motorbikes in New Zealand, as well as the best-selling electric models on our roads.

When measuring the most popular motorbikes in New Zealand, there are no official sales figures. Instead, we have to rely on the bikes that are registered for use on our roads.

However, while they don’t include motorbikes intended solely for off-road use, the numbers still provide a pretty accurate register of the country’s top models and brands.

Top-10 Motorbike Models in NZ

Make Model 2023 Registrations
Honda CT 125 127
Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 109
Suzuki DS 250 V-Strom SX 93
Honda CBF 125 91
Honda CB 500XA 89
Royal Enfield Classic 87
Honda CBR 650 84
Honda / Yamaha CMX500 / XTZ690 83
KTM / Yamaha 390 Duke / YZF-R3 81
Triumph Trident 660 79
Honda CT 125

Top-3 Motorbikes

Honda CT 125

Based on the classic CT110 Postie Bike, the Honda CT125 is a 125cc four-stroke bike that is comfortable on and off the blacktop. The bike comes in two models: Trail and Farm – the farm kit adds off road tyres, farm gearing, front carry rack and handlebar protection. Prices start from around $6500.

Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650

Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650

The Super Meteor 650 is a cruiser built around Royal Enfield’s 650 twin-cylinder engine that combines easy controls with relaxed rider ergonomics and great highway stability. Prices start from around $12,500.

Suzuki DS250 V-Strom SX

Suzuki DS250 V-Strom SX

Suzuki’s DS250 V-Strom SX features a 249cc, four-stroke engine. Easy to ride for both beginners and experienced riders alike, the bike is great both on and off road. Prices start from around $7000.

Top Motorbike Brands in NZ

Just as Japanese models dominate our bike Top 10, brands from the Land of the Rising Sun are also the most popular in Aotearoa. American icon Harley Davidson sits in the middle of the pack, above Austrian manufacturer KTM and UK brand Triumph.

Note that this is a Top 11, because we couldn’t bring ourselves to leave off the Indian motorcycle brand, which sits just out of the Top 10 in terms of total 2023 registrations.

Make 2023 Registrations
Honda 1198
Suzuki 822
Yamaha 780
Harley Davidson 558
KTM 512
Triumph 476
Kawasaki 413
Royal Enfield 407
BMW 273
Ducati 257
Indian 223

Top-selling Electric Motorbikes

Hybrid and electric cars now make up a third of all new cars on our roads. However, electric motorbikes are yet to prove as popular. But while the big motorcycle brands are notably absent from the market, some smaller, niche brands have achieved quite a few new registrations over the past year, notably homegrown brands UBCO and FTN Motion.

Make Model 2023 Registrations
UBCO 2×2 231
FTN Motion Streetdog 150
Mangosteen M1 32
Horwin EK1 32
Lima M9 32
Niu NQI Sport 29

Top-3 Electric Motorbikes

UBCO 2×2

UBCO 2×2

Kiwi brand UBCO stands out above the competition as the country’s most popular electric motorbike. It delivers a top speed of 50kph and a range of up to 120km. The motorbike features all-wheel drive with two motors, and can carry up to 150kg. UBCO’s full range features a number of special bike fit-outs, including accessories for farming and hunting. Prices start from around $7600.

FTN Motion Streetdog


FTN Motion Streetdog

FTN Motion is another homegrown brand, and its Streetdog plays on the styling of classic cafe racers to deliver an electric ride to propel you around the urban landscape in style. The Streetdog has a top speed of 50km, and a 80km range, plus it has 30l of secure storage. Priced at $12,000.

Mangosteen M1


Mangosteen M1

The M1 boasts some distinctive styling, and describes itself as more an electric scooter than an electric motorbike. This is reflected in its more limited range, just 40km on a single charge, although it has a top speed of 55km/h and a load capacity of 200kg. It’s available in both road and off-road models, with the street-legal M1’s price coming in around $2300.

For the full rundown of the top-selling electric motorbikes in NZ, check out our story Electric Motorbikes: What’s Available in New Zealand?

About the author of this page

Bruce Pitchers

This report was written by Canstar’s Editor, Bruce Pitchers. Bruce has three decades’ experience as a journalist and has worked for major media companies in the UK and Australasia, including ACP, Bauer Media Group, Fairfax, Pacific Magazines, News Corp and TVNZ. Prior to Canstar, he worked as a freelancer, including for The Australian Financial Review, the NZ Financial Markets Authority, and for real estate companies on both sides of the Tasman.

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