The motorcycle industry fared far better last year than the beleaguered car sector, the latest figures have shown.
Sales of motorcycles, mopeds and scooters in 2008 totalled 139,715 - only 3.4% down on the 2007 figure, the Coventry-based Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) said.
This compared with an 11.3% dip in new car sales in the UK last year.
The comparatively encouraging bike figures came despite a fall in sales of 19.1% in December 2008 compared with December 2007.
For the whole of 2008, moped sales rose 1.5% and scooter registrations increased 1.1%.
MCI spokeswoman Sheila Rainger said: "With a robust performance very close to 2007, the motor cycle market and industry is providing further evidence that powered two-wheelers offer a credible and very affordable transport option.
"We will all continue to face financial pressures in 2009, and with rail fares increasing by as much as 11% and incentives such as bikes being able to use bus lanes, motor cycle use is more relevant and practical than ever."
The year's top selling model was the Honda CBR 1000RR. The biggest-selling manufacturer in 2008 was Honda with 20,107 registrations, followed by Yamaha (17,031) and Suzuki (16,132).