New motorcycle exports into U.S. fall drastically

The number of new motorcycles being brought into the United States by major manufacturers continues to drop by a significant amount.

The latest monthly report by metric manufacturers shows new bike exports into the United States falling by 71 percent compared to the prior-year month. That March data is included in a report from the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), which includes Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki.

Canada also saw a smaller, but still significant decline in JAMA exports. Canada exports totaled 2,620 units, a 32 percent decrease from a year ago.

The U.S. export number by JAMA companies totaled 6,938 units in March compared to 24,234 units a year ago.

The March decline was not all that different from February, when JAMA reported a 62 percent decrease from the year-ago month.

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