Surprisingly, the number of 2008 USA motorcycle sales released by the MIC (Motorcycle Industry Council) is pretty good. Yes, the total retail sales declined from 2007 (minus 3.3%), but with more than 1,087,000 motorcycles and scooters sold, 2008 is the sixth year in a row that sales pass the benchmark of 1 million. And of course, scooters with a total of 220,000 units sold, represented a higher percentage of the total sales.
It’s in 1975 that the motorcycle industry registered its largest number of sales with 1.5 million motorcycles sold. MIC study confirms that women represent an all time high of 12.6 % of motorcyclists (personal note: if it includes only titles registered in a woman name, the percentage of women on the road is evidently higher). MIC warns that all these numbers are preliminary because there are some distributors and manufacturers not included in the monthly figures. The Council collects monthly sales figures from Harley-Davidson, Buell, Ducati, BMW, Triumph, Victory, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, and Yamaha.