News JAMA: 2011 Motorcycle Sales Up 6.7%

JAMA: 2011 Motorcycle Sales Up 6.7%

Japanese Domestic Motorcycle Sales

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) released the overall domestic motorcycle sales for 2011 on Tuesday, reporting some positive numbers.

For the first time in five years, the number of domestic sales from Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, which consist of the Big Four (Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha) and other smaller companies, was up 6.7 percent.

In 2011, JAMA reports that domestic sales (factory shipment) consisted of 405,533 motorcycles.

2011 Motorcycle Domestic Sales Figures by Class

  • 50cc & under 257,045 up 11.2%
  • 51 – 125cc 95,702 down 0.7%
  • 126 – 250cc 31,767 up 16.5%
  • Over 250cc 21,019 down 17.1%

This news arrives after the number of motorcycle produced in Japan was down 3.8 percent from the previous year. In 2011, JAMA reports that 648,987 motorcycles were produced, compared to 664,175 produced in 2010.

2011 Motorcycle Domestic Sales Figures by Class:

  • 50cc & under 104,936 up 17,423 units or 19.9%
  • 51 – 125cc 64,507 down 16,123 units or 20.0%
  • 126 – 250cc 104,436 down 4,514 units or 4.1%
  • Over 250cc 365,108 down 21,974 units or 5.7%

Here’s a breakdown of the motorcycles exported by each manufacturer in 2011:

Motorcycle Production Figures by Manufacturer Motorcycle

  • Honda 200,493 99.7
  • Suzuki 160,200 95.6
  • Yamaha 162,821 89.1
  • Kawasaki 115,420 102.4
  • Others 53 69.7

Total 638,987 96.2

As for the month of December, JAMA reports that 27,560 motorcycles were sold, an increase of 6.2 percent as compared with the same month of 2010. As for production, 59.485 motorcycles were produced, an increase of 8.3 percent as compared with December 2010.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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