Metric manufacturers decreased their new motorcycle exports to the United States in 2009 by more than 55 percent compared to the previous year.
That percentage, reported by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), includes exports from Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki.
Total JAMA exports from January-December last year amounted to 160,655 units, a decline of 57 percent from a year ago.
It is the second straight year of U.S. export declines from JAMA members.
Canada also saw a reduction in JAMA exports. Units sent there totaled 21,986, a decline of 41 percent from the previous year.