JAMA product drops; U.S. exports increase

Motorcycle production by the Big Four dropped in April as compared to the previous year month, though more units were shipped to the U.S. than in April 2010.

Production of Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki bikes dropped 20.2 percent in April over the previous year month, with each OEM seeing a decrease in production, according to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. A total of 43,741 units were produced during the month.

Worldwide exports also decreased, with 31,435 units shipped, 31.4 percent less than in April 2010. However, shipments of motorcycles to the United States increased 55.5 percent to 7,632 units. Exports to Canada dropped 35.5 percent to 670 units.

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