Nov. 30, 2009 – Motorcycle Digest

Daytona added to motorcycle show schedule
Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows has added a 12th stop on its nationwide tour, cruising into Ocean Center in conjunction with the 69th Annual Daytona Bike Week Wednesday, March 3-6.
The final stop on this 12-city motorcycle show will offer free admission to all attendees. “We are pleased to be returning to Ocean Center after a five-year hiatus as part of historic Daytona Bike Week,” Group Show Director Jeff D’Entremont said in a press release. “Daytona Bike Week is legendary amongst the biking community and we are thrilled to be able to bring all that the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows can offer to bike week attendees for free this year — making it the perfect place to host the final stop on our tour.”
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Metric motorcycle exports to U.S. decrease about 40%
For the first half of 2009, metric motorcycle manufacturers shipped 58,482 units to the United States, a 37.5 percent drop from the prior-year period, according to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).
North America as a whole had an even greater decrease, as almost 64,000 units were exported, which is down 38 percent compared to the first half of last year.
For September alone, exports to the United States didn’t have as great of decline, as 4,897 units were shipped, which is down about 12 percent compared to the same month in 2008.

Hyosung Motors adds fuel injection to 2010 models
Hyosung Motors America has announced the release of its 2010 GT250, GT250R and GV250 motorcycles, which includes the addition of fuel injection, the company reported in a press release.
“Since being introduced to this market, Hyosung 250cc motorcycles have consistently been technology and performance leaders,” Brian Rose, Hyosung’s western regional manager, said in the release. “The bikes’ looks, warranty and V-twin performance have always made them attractive.”
Besides fuel injection, other upgrades include a redesigned tail section on GT models and a strengthened frame on the GV. Also, Hyosung says all 250cc motorcycles will continue to feature fuel gauges.

kawasaki unveils smaller cc offerings in japan
Kawasaki Heavy Industries will launch two new motorcycle models in the 125 cc class, the dual-purpose KLX125 and the motard D-Tracker 125, in Japan.
The models are not currently coming to the U.S. market, Kawasaki reported.
The KLX125 and the D-Tracker 125 have an air-cooled, four-stroke, fuel injected single-cylinder SOHC engine. Kawasaki said the engines are designed for superior environmental performance and are in compliance with the new Japanese exhaust emissions regulations.

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