U.S. Cycle Sales Up, ATV Sales Slide in 1Q

While motorcycle sales in the United States during the first three months of the year gained steadily compared to sales during the same time last year, industry analysis shows ATV sales declined slightly.
ATV and motorcycle sales in the U.S. for the three months ended March 31 totaled 369,544 units, up 3.5 percent from sales of 356,876 units retailed during the first three months of 2005, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), which also splits that sales total into five categories: ATV, Scooter, On-Highway, Dual Purpose and Off-Highway.
The organization said ATV sales for the three-month period totaled 159,684 units, down 0.7 percent from the 160,761 units retailed during the same period last year.
On-Highway motorcycle sales totaled 134,557 units, up 8.6 percent from 123,948 units retailed during the first three months in 2005; and Off-Highway motorcycles accounted for sales of 60,988 units, up 2.4 percent from 59,544 units.
Finally, while first quarter Scooter sales were up 2.1 percent to 7,130 units, Dual Purpose motorcycle sales climbed 27.4 percent from the comparable period to 7,185 units.

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