Giorno production line at Honda's Kumamoto plant (reference image)

Japan motorcycle and scooter demand and production down in May

According to the Japan Automobile Manufacturing Association’s May motorcycle and scooter production figures, total production was down 3.4% year-on-year at 30,482 units, marking the first decline in 4 months.

Compact two-wheeled vehicles were down 3.4% at 20,202 units, marking the first decline in 4 months and kei two-wheelers were up 42.8% at 5,071 units, marking the first growth in 3 months.

Sales of motorcycles in the under-50cc class declined 25.9% at 2,747, marking the first decline in 6 months. The under-125cc class saw a 27.1% decrease in sales at 2,462 units, marking the first decrease in 3 months.

Demand in Japan was down 23.1% at 22,267 units and exports were up 2.6% at 25,570 units.

(Translated by Greg Scott)