Metric motorcycle exports continue to slide

Metric motorcycle exports took a tremendous tumble again in June. Only about 7,600 units were exported to the United States, which is a 65 percent decrease from June 2008. That’s after May had a 58 percent decrease compared to May 2008, according to the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

For the first half of the year, metric motorcycle exports to the United States have totaled 126,250 units, which is a 25 percent decrease compared to the prior-year period.

JAMA members, including Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki, decreased their total production by more than 40 percent in June compared to June 2008.

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