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I bought my first motorcycle street legal motorcycle in 1971. 1970-1975 was the best growth period for motorcycles in the United States. I am glad that I was a part of it.

1945 - 198,000 motorcycles registered in the U.S.
1955* - 450,000 motorcycles registered in the U.S.
1958 - Over 500,000 motorcycles registered in the U.S
1962** - 646,000 motorcycles registered in the U.S.
1965*** - 1.4 million motorcycles registered in the U.S.
1970**** - 2.8 million motorcycles registered in the U.S.
1975***** - 5 million motorcycles registered in the U.S.
1985****** - 5.4 million motorcycles registered in the U.S.
1990******* - 3,650,000 million motorcycles registered in the U.S.
1998 - 4,809,000 million motorcycles registered in the U.S.
 

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Significant decline in 2008-2010 :(
 

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On a slightly related note... I live in Adelaide, one of the smallest capital cities in Australia with a population of around 1.3 million. The dealer I bought my MT09 from is one of four official Yamaha dealers in this city, and they sold over 100 MT09's in the last 12 months!. About the only sale more common is the Honda CT-110, used by farmers and Australia Post!. Impressive stuff by Yamaha. :thumbsup:
 
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