The Motorcycle Industry Council announced that in the third quarter, sales of dual-sport motorcycles jumped 14.3 percent and scooters increased 17.2 percent, while on-highway motorcycle sales saw a 1.6 percent bump upwards.
Overall motorcycles sales are cruising along in nearly a straight line with a 0.5 percent blip.
September 2011 dual-sport sales also followed the segment's trend increasing by 15.4 percent over the same month in 2010.
The off-road market's YTD numbers continued dropping with the MIC reporting sales of ATVs and dirtbikes declined 16.1 percent and 15.3 percent, respectively.
Overall new-unit retail sales dropped 5.0 percent for the third quarter and in September declined by 10.2 percent.
The MIC posts numbers on a quarterly basis. The data applies only to 19 reporting manufacturers: Aprilia, Arctic Cat, BMW, Buell, Can-Am, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Husaberg, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa, Victory and Yamaha.
ATV sales do not include side-by-sides.
posted by Dennis Johnson
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