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BMW Continues Record 2014 Sales, Surpassing 2013 Sales in November

December 9, 2014 - (BMW Motorrad, Edited by webBikeWorld) - BMW continues its record year with another sales increase in November, this time up 7% over the same month last year. Sales in 2014 have so far totaled 116,463 units compared to the previous year's total of 108,872.

In fact, as of November 2014, BMW has already sold more motorcycles and scooters than they did in all of 2013 (115,215 units).

In November 2014, BMW Motorrad sold 7,411 units (previous year 7,342 units). This is an increase of 0.9 % compared to an already strong showing in November 2013.

Demand continues to be strong for the R-series models launched in 2014 with the new air/liquid-cooled boxer engine, as well as for the purist boxer roadster BMW R nineT and the sporty 4-cylinder roadster BMW S 1000 R.

Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing, said "Clearly we are appealing very effectively to our customers with all our new models. Our shooting star is the R nine T, which has made it from zero to fourth place on our bestseller list as of November."

"Meanwhile, our new supersports bike for model year 2015 -- the S 1000 RR -- has received outstanding reviews in the motorcycle press. We are very much looking forward to seeing the first comparative tests among current competitors."

"We are also getting very positive market signals for our other four new motor show presentations, the R 1200 R roadster, the sports touring bike R 1200 RS and the S 1000 XR in the new Adventure-Sport segment, as well as the mid-range model F 800 R. So as the year draws to a close we are not only looking at a new sales record but also excellent prospects for further growth in 2015."  

Three new and innovative motorcycles were presented at the Intermot show in Cologne (Photos) and here are the 2015 BMW motorcycles (Report) and also the R 1200 R and the R 1200 RS (Report).

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Japanese Motorcycle Production Q1 to Q3 2014

November 12, 2014 - (JAMA, Edited by webBikeWorld) - Japanese motorcycle production rose for the first 6 months of 2014. Overall production increased by 12% and was up for every manufacturer except Suzuki, which was down approximately 10.4%. Honda sub-125cc motorcycle production was also down significantly.

For the first three quarters of 2014, Honda production remained relatively unchanged while Suzuki is down significantly compared to the previous year and Yamaha and Kawasaki production figures are up.

Note that a % figure below 100 is a drop in production, while a number above 100 represents an increase. Example: Honda 51-125cc production is listed at 48.35% of the previous year, which equates to 100 − 48.35 = 51.65% drop. In other words, Honda production was just 48.35% from the previous year.

Motorcycle Production by Manufacturer in Japan
January 2014 Through September 2014
Japan Motorcycle Production Q1-Q3 2014

Harley-Davidson Reports Q3 2014 Sales

October 20, 2104 - Here are some edited tidbits from the Harley-Davidson third quarter report, released this week.

Dealers worldwide sold 73,217 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the third quarter of 2014, compared to 70,517 motorcycles in the year-ago quarter.

"With the successful launch of the 2015 motorcycles in late August, including the return of the Road Glide models, and the outstanding efforts of our dealers, third-quarter retail Harley-Davidson motorcycle sales topped the strong growth of the year-ago quarter. A rebound in Sportster motorcycle sales from this year’s second quarter and increased availability of the Street 750 and Street 500 motorcycles also contributed to these positive results" said Harley-Davidson, Inc. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Wandell.

This year, U.S. dealers sold 50,167 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the third quarter, up 3.4% compared to sales of 48,529 motorcycles in the year-ago period.

In international markets, dealers sold 23,050 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the third quarter compared to 21,988 motorcycles in the year-ago period, with sales up 12.8% in the Asia Pacific Region, 1.7% in the EMEA Region and 7.0% in the Latin America Region and down 5.8% in Canada.

Through the first nine months of 2014, dealers sold 220,850 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles worldwide compared to 214,964 motorcycles in the year-ago period, with retail unit sales up 1.9% in the U.S., 11.0% in the Asia Pacific Region, 5.9% in the EMEA Region and 1.2% in the Latin America Region and down 11.4% in Canada compared to the year-ago period.

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U.S. Motorcycle Sales Show Improvement

August 24, 2014 - (Press release edited by webBikeWorld) - The Motorcycle Industry Council reported that sales of street bikes, off-road bikes and scooters increased a significant 2.5% in the second quarter of 2014 from 1Q, with sales up 2.6% over the second quarter of 2013.

Dual-sport motorcycle sales were up an amazing 12% percent (384 units) from the second quarter of 2013, with off-road bikes up by nearly 21% (1,243 units) from the same period last year. Scooter sales were up by 208 (4.9%) compared to the second quarter of 2013.

Sales of street bikes were down by 1.5% from Q2 of 2013 but overall, the Q1 and Q2 2014 sales of street bikes were up by 1.7% (~3,000 units) from the first six months of 2013 as a comparison.

Meanwhile, the Piaggio Group reported slow scooter sales in North America, which affected their overall global sales goals. Combined Vespa, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi sales for the first 6 months of 2014 were reported at 278,500 units, a decrease of 20,000 units from the same period in 2013.

North American sales increased by 3.2% but scooter sales were down 2% during that period. However, Piaggio reported that they have 25.4% of the European market in scooters and 21.3% in motorcycles.

Piaggio also opened the first Chinese Vespa store in Beijing.

Suzuki Reports 2014 Sales Improvement

August 20, 2014 - (Press release edited by webBikeWorld) - Suzuki reported July sales numbers improved by more than 20% from the same time last year. Surprising best sellers were the Suzuki RM-Z 250/450 dirt bikes.

Also, the new Suzuki GW250 (review) has been a big hit with new riders (see our Suzuki GW250 Blog). And the new Suzuki Burgman 200 ABS has also been another surprisingly hot seller. Suzuki also expects the revised 2015 DR-200S Dual Sport entry bike to be a hit; it will be in dealers starting this month.

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BMW Reports Another Sales Record for Q1 2014

April 8, 2014 - In the first three months of this year BMW Motorrad sales were higher than ever before in any first quarter, according to a BMW Motorrad announcement today.

Sales in the first quarter totaled 28,719 vehicles (previous year: 24,732 units), an increase in sales of 16.1% from last year. 15,183 motorcycles and maxi-scooters (previous year: 13,067 units) were supplied to customers worldwide in February. With an increase of 16.2% as compared to the previous year, this was the best monthly sales performance in the history of the company.

Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing, said that the positive result was due to the high level of demand worldwide. The first quarter was pleasing in Europe, too. The southern European markets are seeing significant growth as compared to the previous year. The strongest individual market for BMW Motorrad continues to be Germany, followed by the US, France, Italy, Brazil and Spain.

BMW Motorcycles Sales and Markets

2013-2014 European Market Briefs: Motorcycles

February 18, 2014 - Here's an interesting report in .pdf format, compiled by the U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion agency of the United States Department of Commerce: "Motorcycles: European Market Briefs 2013 - 2014" (.pdf).

The report has a lot of information and details broken out for each country in the EU regarding historical motorcycle sales, barriers to entry and contact information and links for each country's motorcycle-related organizations. "Our objective is to provide American exporters a quick overview of the many European market opportunities and a handy resource guide of contact information", according to the document.

2013 U.S. Motorcycle Sales Totals

February 4, 2014 - Exactly one year ago today, we reported on total U.S. motorcycle sales for 2012. Reliable motorcycle sales figures for various countries are very difficult to find and the brands that are included can change from year to year, making long-term comparisons difficult. Our sources have provided reports on 2013 numbers and we brought our graph (below) up to date. This ends one webBikeWorld cycle of motorcycle sales reports and starts a new one for 2014.

Motorcycle Sales Detail 2013

Reports indicate that 2013 U.S. motorcycle sales were up slightly by 1.4% in 2013 at 458,972 compared to the 2012 total of 452,386 (includes street, off-road, dual-sport and scooter sales).

This is a very mild increase and the overall sales totals are still flat, especially compared to the peak years of 2004 through 2006, when more than twice as many motorcycles were sold in the U.S.

U.S. scooter sales in 2013 were reported down by 6,363 units, which would mean a decrease of -18.6% from 2012. Although scooter sales are only about 7% of total sales, the dramatic decrease depressed the overall sales numbers. The drop in scooter sales may come as a surprise, because it was assumed by many that scooter sales would rise due to fuel prices.

Note that scooter sales numbers seem to vary more frequently than motorcycle sales, so any reported scooter sales figures should be considered less reliable.

Street bike sales were up 2% at 324,691 units compared to 318,105 in 2012, while off-road bike sales were up slightly with 73,371 sold in 2013.

The popularity of dual-sport motorcycles continues; dual-sport bike sales were up nearly 14% from 2012 with 32,979 sold in 2013.

Here's our updated graphic showing U.S. motorcycle sales from 1992 to 2013. These numbers are based on best available knowledge at the time and should not be considered exact, but rather as an overall general indication of motorcycle sales trends in the U.S.A.

U.S. Motorcycle Sales, 1992 - 2012

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Japanese Motorcycle Production for 2013 Calendar Year

January 31, 2014 - (Press release edited by webBikeWorld) - The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association just released its report for motorcycle production in the 2013 calendar year.

Number of Motorcycles Produced

Motorcycle production for Calendar Year 2013 (January 2013 to December 2013) was recorded as 563,169 units. Compared with the 595,473 units total recorded for the previous year, this is a decrease of 32,304 units or 5.4%, and production decrease for three consecutive years.

Number of Motorcycle Domestic Sales

Domestic sales (factory shipments) for Calendar Year 2013 stood at 419,398 units, an increase of 4.4% and the increase after last year's of downturn.

Motorcycle exports were down 10.1% as compared with last year.

2013 Japanese Motorcycle Production

Harley-Davidson Reports 2013 Sales

January 30, 2014 - (Press release edited by webBikeWorld) - Here are some tidbits from the Harley-Davidson annual report.

Worldwide retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles grew 5.7% in the 4th quarter of 2013 and increased by 4.4% for the full year, compared to 2012.

H-D sold 45,875 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to 43,405 motorcycles in 4Q of 2012.

In the U.S., dealers sold 27,387 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in 4Q of 2012, up 6.3% compared to sales of 25,753 motorcycles in 4Q 2012. In international markets, dealers sold 18,488 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in 4Q 2013, up 4.7% compared to 17,652 motorcycles in 4Q 2012. Sales were up 6.1% in the Asia Pacific region, 5.5% in the EMEA region and 13.3% in Canada, and down 2.8% in the Latin America region.

Dealers sold 260,839 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles worldwide in 2013, compared to 249,849 motorcycles in 2012, with retail unit sales up 4.4% in the U.S., 9.8% in the Asia Pacific region, 13.1% in the Latin America region and 4.6% in Canada, and down 1.0% in the EMEA region, compared to the full year 2012.

For the full year 2013, the Company shipped 260,471 motorcycles to dealers and distributors, a 5.2% increase compared to 2012. Full-year revenue from motorcycles grew 8.0% to $4.07 billion, revenue from parts and accessories grew 1.5% to $873.1 million and revenue from general merchandise decreased 1.2% to $295.9 million, compared to 2012.

Full-year gross margin for the Motorcycles segment was 35.4% and operating margin was 16.6%, compared to 34.8% and 14.5% respectively in 2012.

Harley-Davidson expects to ship 279,000 to 284,000 motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide in 2014, an approximate 7% to 9% increase from 2013 shipments. In the first quarter of 2014, the Company expects to ship 76,500 to 81,500 motorcycles, compared to 75,222 motorcycles shipped in the year-ago period.

The Company expects full-year 2014 operating margin of 17.5% to 18.5% for the Motorcycles segment. The Company expects 2014 capital expenditures for Harley-Davidson, Inc. of $215 million to $235 million.

Numero Uno European Motorcycle Brand? KTM!

January 21, 2014 - (Press release edited by webBikeWorld) - KTM has doubled sales volume since 2008, with 123,859 motorcycles sold worldwide in 2013 (107,142 units sold in 2012). The most popular model is the new KTM 1190 Adventure (report). KTM's recent 1-2 victory in the "Dakar" South American rally probably helped also.

KTM now claims they are the "fastest growing motorcycle brand in the world" over the last three years.

KTM has contract manufacturing and their own manufacturing facilities in India, Malaysia and Colombia (of all places). CFMoto in China will produce KTM bikes and more factories are planned in Thailand, Brazil and the Philippines. The plan is to increase production to 200,000 motorcycles by 2016.

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BMW Reports Increased U.S. Sales

Meanwhile, BMW Motorrad USA today reported a 17 percent increase in sales for 2013, the second highest retail performance on record, with 14,100 units sold in 2013 compared to 12,100 units sold in 2012. Worldwide, BMW Motorrad sales reached a record high for the third year in a row with 115,191 units, up 8.3% over the previous record of 106,358 units in 2012.

And More...From Ural

Ural Motorcycles said they also had a record year, with 1,206 units sold. Of those, 1,151 were exported from the Irbit, Russia, factory. The U.S. is the biggest market for new Ural motorcycles; half of the worldwide production (604 motorcycles) were sold there. Of those, 428 were the Gear Up, Patrol and Patrol T models and 8% of all Urals shipped to the U.S. were the two-wheel-drive sidecar versions. Most of the Urals are sold in New England, California and Texas.

BMW On a Roll: Reaches Sales Record For Third Year in a Row

January 14, 2014 - (BMW Board Meeting Notes, Edited by webBikeWorld) - BMW Motorrad reported an all-time annual sales record for the third time in succession.

The company supplied 115,215 motorcycles and scooters worldwide, an increase of 8.3% from the 106,358 units in 2012. BMW reported 6,343 units sold in December of 2013 alone, a 4.5% as compared to the equivalent month of the previous year.

Stephan Schaller, President BMW Motorrad said "Due to the high level of popularity of our motorcycles and maxi scooters we have been able to achieve growth in all sales regions. This demonstrates that our product offensive has put us on the right course. In some markets growth reached double figures, such as the USA and Russia. Germany remains our most successful individual market. However, we saw very positive sales developments in South America and Asia, too. And despite the difficult market environment that persists in Europe, we once again asserted and further extended our market leadership in the relevant capacity segment over 500 cc's in Germany, Spain and Italy."

"In the crisis-ridden markets of Italy and Spain we were able to achieve growth for the first time in years despite the fact that the market as a whole was heavily in decline in those countries."

With 21,473 vehicles sold (prev. yr.: 20,516 units), BMW Motorrad achieved growth in Germany of 4.7% as compared to the previous year. This has meant further expansion of market leadership in the segment over 500 cc in the domestic market. The market share in the previous fiscal year was 25.5%.

The USA follows in second position with 14,100 vehicles sold. Here, 2,000 more BMW motorcycles were sold than in 2012. This represents an increase of around 17%.

Next in order of the largest individual markets come France and Italy, each with over 10,000 vehicles sold, and these are followed by Brazil and the UK. In the latter market, BMW Motorrad achieved growth of almost 15% as compared to 2012, moving up to second position in the market ranking with a share of 15.8% from the previous year's 3rd position.

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