Motorcycle Industry NewsThe Japan Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (JAMA) released its June statistics Monday, reporting on domestic sales, production and exports of motorcycles from the big four (Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha) and others in Japan.
For the month of June 2012, JAMA says 34,522 motorcycles were sold (factory shipment), a decrease of 0.9 percent over the same month in 2011.June 2012 Motorcycle Domestic Sales Figures by Class
50cc or under 20,368 units, down 11.0%
51 – 125cc 7,194 units, up 11.7%
126 – 250cc 4,035 units, up 6.0%
Over 250cc 2,925 units, up 72.3%
Motorcycle production was also down; JAMA says 41,984 motorcycles were produced in the month of June 2012, compared with 55,322 units in June of 2011. This is a decrease of 13,338 units, or 24.1 percent.June 2012 Motorcycle Production Figures by Class
50cc or under 7,363 units, down 2,741 units or 27.1%
51 – 125cc 3,163 units, down 2,742 units or 46.4%
126 – 250cc 8,175 units, down 3,849 units or 32.0%
Over 250cc 23,283 units, down 4,006 units or 14.7%
Exports also followed this downward trend, JAMA reporting that exports were down 13.5% in June 2012 compared to June 2011.June 2012 Motorcycle Production Figures by Manufacturer
Although June numbers were down, first-half year production numbers were positive. JAMA says that for the first half of 2012 (January through June), motorcycle production was recorded at 317,974 motorcycles. Compared with 302,595 units total recorded during the first half of 2011, this is an increase of 15,379 units or 5.1 percent.The First Half of 2012 Motorcycle Production Figures by Class:
50cc or under 49,780 units, down 5,131 units or 9.3%
51 – 125cc 22,050 units, down 4,658 units or 17.4%
126 – 250cc 43,427 units, up 2,801 units or 6.9%
Over 250cc 202,717 units, up 22,367 units or 12.4%
The First Half of 2012 Motorcycle Production Figures by Manufacturer:
Honda CRF-E2 Electric + Dale Schmidtchen and the $50M V-Rod
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Hello everyone and welcome to Ultimate Motorcycling’s podcast, Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
This week’s episode is brought to you by Yamaha YZF-R7. The R7 lives up to its legendary name, as a high-performance supersport machine. Check it out at at your local Yamaha dealer, or of course at YamahaMotorsports.com.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams and I chat about electric bikes and the electric bike revolution that is likely the future of motorcycling. Actually this episode is specifically about Honda’s new CRF-E2… an electric dirt-bike for kids. We asked our tester, 8-year old Avery Bart to put the E2 through its paces and according to Don, she loved it. Honda has stated that the company goal is for 50% of its sales to be electric by 2030—an ambitious goal for sure, and the CRF-E2 is the first step in that direction.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my Aussie motorcycle industry friends—Dale Schmidtchen. Dale has worked for most of the major moto factories globally during his career, and his take on his CF Moto ADV bike is interesting. Beyond that, one his many projects is currently helping to sell the world’s most expensive motorcycle—a Harley V-Rod worth around 50 million dollars. Yes, that’s 50 million with an ‘M’.
Dale also owned a race team in the 1990s and helped bring several well-known Aussie racers to the world stage. He’s a very modest, matter-of-fact guy, but I always really enjoy chatting with him; I hope you enjoy listening.
Incidentally, if you’ve got around fifty mill burning a hole in your pocket and you fancy owning the so-called ‘Mona Lisa of motorbikes’—contact us at email@example.com and we’ll put you in touch with Dale.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!