US Retail Motorcycle Sales Snap Back From The Recession

According to data from a financial information named Sageworks Inc., US retail sales at privately held retailers of motorcycles and ATVs are up nearly 16 percent over the last 12 months. This number is similar to those announced by major motorcycle manufacturers. Independent dealers posted 7.47 percent sales growth in 2010 after a 13.77 percent decline in 2009.

Through its cooperative data model, Sageworks collects financial statements for private companies from accounting firms, banks and credit unions, and aggregates the data at an approximate rate of 1,000 statements a day. The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), which represents major manufacturers, has reportedly said first-quarter industry sales rose 8.8 percent, aided by higher gasoline prices and unseasonably warm weather across much of the country.

11 Responses to “US Retail Motorcycle Sales Snap Back From The Recession”

  1. 1 BobS Jun 29th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Cyril, if you dont quit reporting good news we’re going to have to quit qualifying our responses with the phrase,” in this economy” over and over…

  2. 2 Mitch Jun 29th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Not selling new bikes but my shop business follows almost exactly the same graph for the last 3 years.

  3. 3 ValueTeck Enterprises Jul 1st, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Good news is always welcome!

  4. 4 nicker Jul 2nd, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    That trend will continue till OhBummer gets our gas prices to equal those of Europe “…because that’s only fair…”

    By that time the US economy will look like France, decades of 2-3% growth consistent 8.5% unemployment.

    Anyone else looking forward to National Socialism……..???


  5. 5 Patrick R Jul 2nd, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    I sure with the aftermarket retail was following that trend. IT STILL SUCKS!

  6. 6 Chris Jul 3rd, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Okay, pop quiz time. Name one company that has been nationalized under our current “Socialist” administration?

  7. 7 nicker Jul 6th, 2012 at 10:00 pm


    Check you r history before ya try this stuff.

    Hitler didn’t have to nationalize Benz, he simply told em what he wanted done.

    See Woody’s Place:
    “… FYI: Hitler Was A Socialist
    UPDATE II: I’m getting a lot of Google searches for “Hitler nationalized … Did he nationalize all industry? No, he nationalized the people, and bent industry …… ”


  8. 8 Chris Jul 9th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Hilter also said that people are ignorant and if you keep repeating an idea over and over again, regardless of if it has any bearing in truth, people will take it as fact and begin repeating it.

    This is what I think of every time I hear the words “Socialist” and “Communist” thrown at the left. We all have our preconceived notions of what evil monsters Socialists and Commies are, so we have a convenient shortcut to avoid thinking; we already know whatever the left supports is bad ‘cuz they’re all commies!

    This is fear mongering, not reality.

  9. 9 Patrick Gallo Jul 9th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Exactly right, Chris. Republicans with no brain (almost all of them) have no ideas, so they spend their time trying to scare people repeating “fear socialism.” There is no socialism in America. All America, left, middle and right is capitalist. Most people are in the center. All the rest is BS.

  10. 10 Chris Jul 9th, 2012 at 12:02 pm


    I follow this blog enough to believe that Nicker is a thoughtful guy. Hell, I’d like to sit down and have a beer with the guy. Also, statements like “Republicans with no brain (almost all of them) have no ideas. . .” is just as counter-productive as saying all Democrats are Commies.

    One thing I do agree with is your statement that “the rest is BS.” The fact is, Republican or Democrat, they all take their money from the same place. Ours is a government of the campaign financiers,by the campaign financiers, and for the campaign financiers.

    The robber barons who own our government sit back and laugh as we call each other names, each blaming the other for our and the world’s ills. They divide us so that we are so preoccupied fighting each other that we don’t have time to consider that we are in this together, that we are on the same side and that the real threat to our freedom, prosperity, and pursuit of happiness is the sale of our elected officials to the highest bidder. And guess what, that highest bidder isn’t always an American with your and my best interest in mind.

  11. 11 Craig winder Dec 11th, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Exactly right, US retail sales at privately held retailers of motorcycles and ATVs are up nearly 16 percent over the last 12 months.

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