ERJ staff report (DS)
Irvine, California --Motorcycle and scooter tyre sales increased 29.4 percent in the first quarter, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council's Quarterly US Motorcycle Tire Sales Report, which tracks nine major tyre brands. Total on-highway tyre sales rose 27.5 percent, while scooter tyres jumped 48.6 percent.
â€œTyre sales add to new-bike sales figures as a measure of motorcycle interest since there are still a lot of great used bikes putting on the miles, and older bikes that owners are reviving and enjoying once again,â€ Buche said. â€œWe see Americans leaving their cars at home more, enjoying the convenience and exhilaration of motorcycling, and getting into a different way of being green.â€
US Motorcycle sales among major brands rose 7.2 percent in the first quarter of 2011, compared to the same period last year, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council's Retail Sales Report. This report tracks sales among 18 leading brands being sold in the US
The popular scooter segment saw the biggest gain, up nearly 50 percent. Sales of dual-purpose bikes, built for on- and off-highway use and generally among the most fuel-efficient motorcycles, increased by almost 25 percent. Tyre sales, a strong indicator of motorcycle use, were up as well during the first three months.
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Press release from Motorcycle Industry Council