JAMA exports down in October

After two months of recovery, exports from Japanese motorcycle manufacturers were down in October across all bike classes, according to the latest report from the Japanese automotive group JAMA.

All manufacturers decreased exports, but the largest decrease was from Kawasaki, which exported 43 percent fewer bikes in 2012 than during the same period of 2011.

Bike exports to the U.S. in October were up around 3 percent. Exports to the Euro-zone slipped 22 percent, putting exports to Europe at half of the U.S.

Production was down for the sixth straight month on average for the group, slipping 16 percent year-over-year during the month of October. Since May, production has been down across all classes, save positive months for 126-250cc in May and 250cc and greater in August.

Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha production was down 20.1, 15.4 and 45.3 percent, respectively. Suzuki was the only manufacturer in the group to increase production during the month. Production was up more than a quarter for Suzuki, which produced 12,600 bikes during October.

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