Japan's Cycle Production Drops 30%

Japan’s four major motorcycle manufacturers produced 882,976 units during the first nine months of the year, down 29.9 percent from 1,260,966 units produced during the same nine-month period in 2007, says the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

Honda produced 247,735 units, down from 365,957 units; Kawasaki produced 132,804 units, down from 207,068 units; Suzuki produced 252,671 units, down from 373,314 units; and Yamaha produced 249,713 units, down from 314,345 units.

The four manufacturers exported 260,898 units to the United States during the first nine months of the year, down 23.6 percent from 341,611 units shipped during the same period last year.

Exports to the United States
50cc and Under…18,106 (2008)…13,512 (2007)
51-125cc…21,043 (2008)…27,666 (2007)
126-250cc…31,990 (2008)…42,960 (2007)
Over 250cc…189,759 (2008)…257,473 (2007)