Powersports manufacturers produced more motorcycles in Japan in 1994 than they did in 2004, according to statistics recently released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA). Since motorcycle sales have increased in the past ten years, the research serves as yet another example that Japan's manufacturers are increasingly using production facilities located outside of their island country.
Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha produced a total of 2,725,286 two-wheelers in Japan in 1994, including 874,919 units of 50cc or less; 1,062,560 units of 51cc-125cc; 237,386 units of 126cc-250cc; and 550,421 units of over 250cc.
In 2004, that total declined to 1,739,584 units, including 331,449 units of 50cc or less; 304,622 units of 51cc-125cc; 271,126 units of 126cc-250cc; and 832,387 units of over 250cc.
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