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2013 Motorcycle Scooter Sales Throttle Up or Down ?
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 19:45
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The current economic climate is forcing many to change their lifestyles and the way they think about transportation . In 2012 over all motorcycles sales was up  and scooter and dualsport motorcycles sales made significant increases. I am predicting that the next 5 – 10 years will see a dramamtic shift in the Automotive industry as twenty to fourty thousand dollar cars will become eclipsed by three-wheelers and two wheelers whic h have much less insurance premiums, get better fuel economy and cost less out of pocket. Also working closer to or at home will and should require less heavy metal on the road. 

The first Quarter for 2013 in motorcycle sales has not been so good. All unit sales took hits some say due to the cold weather in the early spring. Honda Motorcycle has reported a %30 increase over last years sales attributing the new Goldwiing F6B, CRF250L Dual Sport and CRF110 off road are said to be partly responsible for a good portion of their market share. Honda is ambitious and believes it’s U.S. sales will increase from 250,000 units this year to 315,000 in 2014. This may be partly due to the introduction of their new 500cc and 700cc midrange line-up as well as the introduction of the new 125cc Mini Supermoto/monekeybike the “GROM” which is certian to have “cool” appeal as well as being a great urban runabout. Sales over all particaularly in the small and midrange bike market have been on a steady incline since the econmic collapse of 2008.

Bicycle, Electric and other hybrid style two-wheelers have made a lot of inroads in urban areas in the United States as simplicity and economy appears to be on the order of many who cannot afford the pricier four wheeled counterparts. 

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