U.S. motorcycle sales increased 6.7% over the first quarter of 2012.

The Motorcycle Industry Council reports U.S. motorcycle sales increased 6.7% over the first quarter of 2012.

According to the MIC’s latest quarterly report, American consumers purchased 109,425 motorcycles in the three months ending March 31, 2012, compared to 102,547 units the year before.

The MIC also reports ATV sales have increased for the first time in years, increasing 5.0% to 50,107 units. ATV sales have been fading as consumers looked to side-by-side instead. The MIC does not report side-by-side sales however.

Off-road motorcycle sales continue to decline, with dealers selling 6,697 units over the quarter. Dual-sports, street bikes and scooter sales however continue to rise, though the industry still has a ways to go to reach the levels seen before the economic downturn.

2012 Q1 Figures from the Motorcycle Industry Council
Type 2011 Q1 2012 Q1 Change % Change
ATV 47,702 50,107 +2,405 +5.0%
Dual Sport 6,697 7,549 +852 +12.7%
Off-Hwy 18,725 17,473 -1,252 -6.7%
On-Hwy 70,879 77,103 +6,224 +8.8%
Scooter 6,246 7,300 +1,054 +16.9%
Motorcycle
Sub-Total
102,547 109,425 +6,878 +6.7%
Grand
Total
150,249 159,532 +9,283 +6.2%

[Source: MIC]

http://www.mic.org/members/membership/2012-MIC-Member-Directory.pdf

 

New Models Added – March 20, 2013

- Motorcycle / Scooter

- 2013 BMW R 1200 GS

- 2013 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure 90 Years

- 2013 BMW R 1200 R 90 Years

- 2013 BMW R 1200 RT 90 Years

- 2014 Honda CTX 700

- 2014 Honda CTX 700 DCT ABS

- 2014 Honda CTX 700N

- 2014 Honda CTX 700N DCT ABS

- Snowmobile

- 2014 Arctic Cat F5 Base

- 2014 Arctic Cat F570 Base

- 2014 Arctic Cat Sno Pro® 500

- 2014 Arctic Cat ZR 120

- 2014 Ski-Doo Freeride 137 800R E-TEC

- 2014 Ski-Doo Freeride 146 800R E-TEC

- 2014 Ski-Doo Freeride 154 800R E-TEC

- 2014 Ski-Doo GSX LE 1200 4-TEC

- 2014 Ski-Doo GSX LE 600 H.O. E-TEC

- 2014 Ski-Doo GSX LE 900 ACE

- 2014 Ski-Doo GSX SE 1200 4-TEC

- 2014 Ski-Doo GSX SE 600 H.O. E-TEC

- 2014 Ski-Doo GSX SE 800R E-TEC

- 2014 Ski-Doo MX Z Sport 550F

- 2014 Ski-Doo MX Z Sport 600

- 2014 Ski-Doo MX Z Sport 600 ACE

- 2014 Ski-Doo MX Z TNT 1200 4-TEC

- 2014 Ski-Doo MX Z TNT 600 H.O. E-TEC

- 2014 Ski-Doo MX Z TNT 800R E-TEC

- 2014 Ski-Doo MX Z TNT 900 ACE

- 2014 Ski-Doo MX Z X 1200 4-TEC

- 2014 Ski-Doo MX Z X 600 H.O. E-TEC

- 2014 Ski-Doo MX Z X 800R E-TEC

- 2014 Ski-Doo MX Z X-RS 600 H.O. E-TEC

- 2014 Ski-Doo MX Z X-RS 800R E-TEC

- 2014 Yamaha SR Viper Base

- 2014 Yamaha SR Viper LTX

- 2014 Yamaha SR Viper LTX SE

- 2014 Yamaha SR Viper RTX SE

- 2014 Yamaha SR Viper XTX SE

- Utility Vehicle

- 2013 John Deere Gator™ Traditional TH 6×4

- 2013 John Deere Gator™ Traditional TH 6×4 Diesel

- 2013 John Deere Gator™ Traditional TS 4×2

- 2013 John Deere Gator™ Traditional TX 4×2

- 2013 John Deere Gator™ XUV 4×4 625i

- 2013 John Deere Gator™ XUV 4×4 825i

- 2013 John Deere Gator™ XUV 4×4 825i Power Steering

- 2013 John Deere Gator™ XUV 4×4 825i S4

- 2013 John Deere Gator™ XUV 4×4 855D

- 2013 John Deere Gator™ XUV 4×4 855D Power Steering

- 2013 John Deere Gator™ XUV 4×4 855D S4

- 2013 John Deere High Performance HPX 4×4

- 2013 John Deere High Performance HPX Diesel 4×4

New Models Added – March 18, 2013

- Motorcycle / Scooter

- 2013 Honda CRF® 50F

- 2013 Honda NC700X Base

- 2013 Honda NC700X DCT ABS

- 2013 Honda Ruckus Base

- 2013 Honda Silver Wing® ABS

- ATV

- 2013 Bennche Gray Wolf 500

- 2013 Bennche Gray Wolf 700

- Utility Vehicle

- 2013 Bennche Bighorn 400

- 2013 Bennche Bighorn 500

- 2013 Bennche Bighorn 500 HD

- 2013 Bennche Bighorn 700

- 2013 Bennche Bighorn 700 HD

- 2013 Bennche Bighorn 700X Crew

- 2013 Bennche Bighorn 700X Crew HD

- 2013 Bennche Spire 800

- 2013 John Deere Gator™ Compact CX

Cool Helmets

Motorcycle helmets
The third in our Silodrome Selection series, a weekly round-up curated by Silodrome editor James McBride. Above: The Bullitt Helmet Concept by Chad Hodge, University of Cincinnati industrial design graduate.

If you ride a motorcycle, you’ll know there’s discord between full-face and open-face advocates. Proponents of full-face lids disavow anything that doesn’t provide complete protection, and often quote studies like the 1981 Hurt Report—which suggested that 34% of motorcycle accidents involve an impact in the chin, mouth or nose area.

The open-facers fire back with gusto. Motorcycle riding is dangerous and, to a degree, that risk needs to be accepted by the rider. Who should be free to wear whatever gear he or she wants, as long as they understand the potential for injury.

I fall somewhere in the middle. I have both full and 3/4 helmets, and I’m tolerant of people’s safety choices. (Except for cowboys who wear bandanas whilst hammering down the highway at 80mph: Those people are halfwits.)

This selection of eight full-face helmets represents the collection I’d like if I had the necessary space. Not to mention the ability to convince the Mrs that helmets make far better living room decorations than a three-years-old’s finger paintings. Or those crystal Swarovski animals with the creepy little eyeballs.

Tachibana motorcycle helmet
Tachibana GT-750 Grand Prix A design instantly reminiscent of the classic Bell Star II. For those who want a properly retro full-face helmet to match their bike, the Japanese Tachibana is probably the best choice. The only problem is the difficulty you might encounter when trying to buy one: There aren’t many international suppliers, so you may have to order directly from Japan. Which means it’s very important to get your sizing information correct. And in case you’re wondering if it’s a ‘novelty’ helmet, the ¥30,000 ($320) GT-750 has been certified with the Japanese SG safety rating, which is similar to both the ECE and the DOT ratings. [Buy]

Shoei Neotec motorcycle helmet
Shoei Neotec Like Arai, Shoei owners are passionate advocates of the brand. The quality of Shoei’s lids is widely respected, but it’s a surprisingly small company—with just over 500 employees. This is the $750 Neotec modularhelmet, designed for long tours. It has ample venting, a built-in sunvisor and an impressive noise-reduction system. [Buy]

Icon 1000 motorcycle helmet
Icon 1000 Variant Battlescar The Variant series has become hugely popular since its release last year. The helmets are an interesting hybrid of motocross and street design, with a little Halo Master Chief influence thrown in for good measure. As with Icon’s other helmets, this one scores heavily on safety. It’s ECE, DOT, SG and SAI certified, making it a good choice for the safety-conscious. The $400 Variant also boasts a ‘Hydradry’ wicking liner and a very wide yet distortion-free shield, complete with an anti-fog coating. Making it perfect for heavy traffic, inclement weather, and off-road riding. [Buy]

Schuberth S2 motorcycle helmet
Schuberth S2 This German company is best-known for making the helmets worn by F1 drivers Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso. And Schuberth has worked closely with Schumacher to create helmets for his automotive andmotorcycle racing activities. From a technological perspective Schuberth is ahead of the game: the $750 S2 was developed in a wind tunnel, and is fitted with two antennas and optional communications equipment. Handy if you need to make calls on the go. [Buy]

Roof motorcycle helmet
Roof RO21 Panther The French company produces slightly unusual-looking helmets with a strong following in western Europe—although they’re not so well-known in the US. The curvaceous Roof Panther was designed with a ventilation-first approach, making it ideal for warmer climates. Costing £249, it’s available in seven sizes and four colors—with add-on visors available for customization. [Buy]

Bell Revolver EVO motorcycle helmet
Bell Revolver Evo As far as DOT-certified modular helmets go, the $200 Revolver Evo by Bell is one of the best examples I’ve come across. You can ride with the front up or down, making it a convertible of sorts. And it comes with an internal flip-down sunvisor for those occasions when you ride over the brow of a hill and cop a face-full of direct sun. [Buy]

Arai Corsair motorcycle helmet
Arai Corsair-V Arai helmets seem to have an almost pathological following. They’re worn by MotoGP racers and Formula 1 drivers, and the company has come out on top in all thirteen J.D. Power motorcycle helmet ‘Satisfaction Studies.’ The Corsair-V (‘Mamola-3′ model shown above) is built to the Snell M2010 safety certification which, depending on who you talk to, is either far better or nowhere near as good as DOT/ECE. [Buy]

Ruby motorcycle helmet
Les Ateliers Ruby Castel The €930 Castel is the French company’s first foray into the world of full-face protection. The design seems to split opinion, with a minority hating it and most people wanting to sell an organ to buy one. Each Castel has a carbon fibre shell, a Nappa lamb leather interior and front mounted vents—and can also be customized with a series of OEM visors. You can choose between yellow, black, grey and white—though there isn’t yet a fire-engine red option. Which I really think Ruby should add. [Buy]