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Did anyone read this story?

- Honda quits making motorcycles in the US after 30-Year Run The company was a forerunner among Japanese firms in making motorcycles in North America, having launched U.S. production in 1979. Its plant in Ohio had an annual output capacity of about 70,000 units. This facility produced the Gold Wing. But the American motorcycle market shrank to 1.32 million units in 2008, down almost 30% from a recent peak of 1.79 million units in 2005. Honda concluded that the advantages of local production have faded and decided to export products from Japan to the U.S. market instead. Honda states that its business in Asia is booming -
 

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The Asian motorcycle market? What does that consist of, a bunch of mopeds :D I guess the other 1.32 million units were not as important to keep the plant open... the market is very liquid right now, and you would thing a large company like Honda would be able to restructure and down size with the changing economy instead of just pulling out completely and making the matter worse.
 

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They moved the production to their new state of the art facility in japan, and rumor has It their going to use the motorcycle plant as a part supplier (engines/transmissions) for the auto plant next door!
 

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This was announced over a year ago,the Goldwing/VTX lines have shut down, they just finished the 2010 run of Wings, (all 5000 of them ) and have changed over the plant to autos, mostly the Accord line. The Fury was the first motorcycle line built at the new plant. The Asian market is probably 1000% greater than the US market, they sell tens of thousands of 600cc and less bikes there, (Honda still sells the Cub there, ) no imports fees or OSHA,
 
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