Metric OEM exports’ falloff reaches 100,000-plus motorcycles

Metric manufacturers shipped at least 100,000 fewer motorcycles to the United States in a recent three-month period compared to a year ago, according to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

The latest sign of the significant export decrease came from November data. JAMA members, which include Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki, shipped 5,553 motorcycles to the United States in November, a 84 percent drop from the year-ago month.

In the past three months, JAMA members have sent 15,812 motorcycles to the United States. In comparison, that number topped 118,000 in the prior year.

Export falloffs also have occurred in Canada. Exports there in November fell 67.5 percent to 875.

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