Japanese manufacturers built slightly fewer motorcycles in 2006 than the previous year, marking the first production decrease in three years, according to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.
The production total for 2006 stood at 1,771,386 units, down 1.1 percent compared with the previous year.
The number of motorcycles Japanese manufacturers exported was largely flat in 2006 compared to the previous year. Exports in 2006 numbered 1,333,186 units, up 0.1 percent.
The total value of motorcycles exported was $7.8 million, including $1.3 million for parts. That was an export increase of 2.4 percent compared with the previous year.