Back in the day I used to be able to get Japanese export data the moment it came out from a great reporter ( formerly with Dealer News and Powersports Business ) Guido Ebert. Since then he is doing consulting so if you want to hire him visit his blog for his email. http://blog.guidoebert.com/ I bumped into him at Amerivespa last year. - See below
In his last few postings you could see that Japanese scooter exports were down because of the backlogs at dealerships. Nobody is reporting on the effect of the earthquake on Japanese OEMs yet. I'm wondering if they have sufficient stock to handle rising sales because of gas prices.
How will this affect Taiwanese and Chinese Scooter brands as Honda/Yamaha find themselves without sufficient inventory this summer?
I really wish Guido was still reporting for one of the trades.