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How metric motorcycle shipments are faring this spring

Metric motorcycle manufacturers shipped 9 percent fewer new bikes to the United States in March than the previous-year period, according to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

Overall, more than 24,000 motorcycles were sent in March to the United States from JAMA members, which include Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki.

Motorcycle shipments to Canada also decreased. JAMA imports to Canada totaled 3,844, a 7 percent decline from March 2008.

Overall, JAMA members manufactured more than 60,000 motorcycles in March, a 50 percent decline than the previous-year month.

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