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U.S. Motorcycle Sales Boom Amid Pandemic

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* “This is my 21st year,” said Eric Dorn, owner of EDR Performance, a service shop located in Portland, Oregon, specializing in high-performance work, “and five of the last six months have been record sales months. Not just good months, but best-ever months. I think we’re up over 30% for the year.

* Colin Miller, M/C Public Relations – Media Coordinator at American Honda Motor Co., Inc., reports that off-road motorcycle sales in May 2020 were 172% of sales in May 2019 while on-road motorcycle sales in May were 103% during the same time period last year.

* Marcus DeMichele, Street Motorcycle Sr. Communications Specialist, Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., states, “Our reports indicate dealer warranty registrations for retail sales during May and June are extremely positive in all categories, with sales volume in the off-road motorcycle segment and RV products (ATVs and SXSs) leading the way.”

* “For us, we’re not able to release the sales figures,” said Roy Oliemuller, Corporate Communications Manager for BMW North America, “but I can tell you May sales of this year exceeded May sales of last year. We’re going through month-end close today, and we expect June to also be strong.”

* “Despite the economy’s current landscape, Suzuki’s motorcycle and ATV retail sales have been remarkably strong over the last two months,” Rachel Anderson, Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. Lead, Press Relations & Marketing, wrote in an email to Roadracingworld.com. “We believe these unprecedented times have given powersports enthusiasts, the opportunity to experience different ways of transportation as well as give them a new sense of what freedom feels like when riding a new Suzuki motorcycle or ATV. We’re pleased that Suzuki dealers nationwide have been able to remain an essential business in their communities by offering new models of motorcycles and ATVs, as well as uninterrupted service to their customers.”

* While off-road and youth models are certainly the most popular units during this surge in sales, according to Roadracingworld.com’s casual survey and the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), which reports an 18.9% increase in off-highway motorcycle sales in the first quarter of 2020, dealers of all brands and segments are reporting strong sales.

* “Overall, our sales are up at least 50 to 70%,” said Rob McLendon, III, of D&D Cycles, an Aprilia, Kymco, Piaggio, MV Agusta, Triumph, and Vespa dealer in Pensacola, Florida. “I’ve made about three or four extra orders of scooters, alone. I’ve been going to auctions, buying five or six used bikes at a time, which is a lot for us, and selling them all before I can get them fully prepped for resale.”
 

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I have thought often of the Tracer GT..... and I know I would hate the suspension within a year. Yamaha Craptastic, I am already familiar with. The 850cc Triple sounds appealing, as I have owned just about any other configuration I can think of except for Boxers (and I demo'd a bunch of them back in the day).

sub 500 lbs, >100 hp, more electronic goodies..... good local dealer network is important, as is a high volume brand so the price point is more attainable. I'd really like to add cruise control and ABS on the next one. Couldn't care less about body work, or visual appeal. The motor and suspension make the deal for me. Ergos may play into it a bit more, now. :)
 

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I have thought often of the Tracer GT..... and I know I would hate the suspension within a year. Yamaha Craptastic, I am already familiar with. The 850cc Triple sounds appealing, as I have owned just about any other configuration I can think of except for Boxers (and I demo'd a bunch of them back in the day).

sub 500 lbs, >100 hp, more electronic goodies..... good local dealer network is important, as is a high volume brand so the price point is more attainable. I'd really like to add cruise control and ABS on the next one. Couldn't care less about body work, or visual appeal. The motor and suspension make the deal for me. Ergos may play into it a bit more, now. :)
Sounds like you'd love the Kawi Z900 :)

Check out the Kawasaki 2020 Z900 ABS

 

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Four cylinder.... No cruise control, middle of the road suspension...... Surely, a watered down power delivery compared to whatever SS version there is....
 

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Four cylinder.... No cruise control, middle of the road suspension...... Surely, a watered down power delivery compared to whatever SS version there is....
Yamaha mt-10?
 

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I just joined to add to this. I’m thinking about doing the same thing. Bought a Ninja 400 end of the season last year and have been thinking of test riding a Zx6r. The way I see it is since COVID has destroyed all my other plans, I have money to go buy a motorcycle since that is one of the few things I can do.

The flip side to this though is that I also feel I shouldn’t spend the money so if the economy completely crashes I’m not in trouble
 

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I have seen this first hand. I have been riding something with a motor since I was pretty much able to walk. 4-wheelers and dirt bikes growing up, then when I was 18 I bought my first street bike. I rode for almost a decade before selling my gsxr 750 a few years back.

A few weeks ago I got the itch to go look into buying a new scooter. I have been wanting back on 2 wheels so bad, and the money was right. So I went to the largest dealership in my area called romney cycles in romney WV. I have been going there for years, their showroom is massive. Back before the COVID, there was easily 10 rows of street bikes stretching from wall to wall. Literally aisles of bikes and off road vehicles. When I walked in to look at bikes it was almost empty. Less than 30 vehicles total in a place that use to carry hundreds.

A good friend of mine works there, and I asked him what was up. He gave me two reasons. He said because of the pandemic they are having problems getting new bikes delivered. And when they do they are usually sold quickly, in turn it has been impossible for them to keep up a good inventory.

I ended up getting the last non abs zx6r there. And the last orange and black one. They had 2 other zx6r's there. Both the KRT edition with ABS. And one gsxr 750.

Was kind of eerie seeing that place so empty.
 

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Same thing is happening up here in the frozen north. Local dealers have almost zero stock left on the floor, everything is sold out. Used bike prices are up and there aren't many of those around, either. Next year could be more problems as well. One of the bigger KTM dealers in the area said they were told KTM would have supply problems for 2021 because of factory shutdowns due to coronavirus. They wanted to order ~200 offroad models for next season and KTM told them they might get 70 or so.


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I see more bikes than ever right now where I’m at in the NW. I think it’s still one of the last things left we can do and alone too! Very happy I got mine awhile before the panic.
 
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