Why Doesn’t Toyota Make Motorcycles?


The reason for Toyota’s decision not to make motorcycles is a complex one. This carmaker, with its unorthodox production method, produces some of the world’s best automobiles. It may be tempting to invest in a motorcycle venture, but launching a low-quality motorcycle could hurt the Toyota brand perception, and give its competitors an upper hand. This article will discuss a few possible reasons.

Toyo Motors became obsolete

Toyo Motors began its decline in the early 1990s. The company began to develop fuel efficient engines and vehicles, and established a research center in 1939. The Toyoda Science Research Center later became the nucleus of Toyota’s Central Research and Development Laboratories. Other companies included Toyoda Works, Aichi Steel’ Works, Ltd., and Toyoda Machine Works, Ltd., which produced auto parts and machine tools.

Suzuki outsources production

Last month, Suzuki announced that it was ending its 30-year-long effort to produce motorcycles in Canada. The company sold fewer than 5,500 motorcycles in the country last year, and its efforts to meet regulatory requirements proved too difficult. With a lack of skilled labor, Suzuki decided to outsource the production of motorcycles. In the first year, the new plant was expected to produce about 7,500 250-cubic-centimeter motorcycles, and by the third year, the company plans to produce 50,000 motorcycles.

Honda is more attractive than Harley-Davidson

If you’re looking for a motorcycle, there are several reasons to choose a Honda over a Harley-Davidson. Hondas are a lot more affordable than Harley-Davidsons, and used Hondas are a great way to save money. Both brands have different riding experiences, but Hondas are arguably the better choice for first-time motorcycle buyers. Harley-Davidson is a legendary company that began in 1903 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and developed the motorized bicycle in the early 20th century. The first motorcycle was built in 1905.

Aerodynamics are a big impediment to motorcycle efficiency

One major hindrance to motorcycle efficiency is aerodynamics. Most motorbikes have a much smaller frontal area than a car, and that leads to problems with airflow. Open wheels, exposed components, and a continuously moving rider all disrupt the flow of air. As a result, air separates from the flowing air, creating drag and wakes. Aerodynamically improved motorcycles could improve the efficiency of the entire bike.

People don’t ride to work on two wheels

The proportion of Americans who bike to work has quadrupled from 1 percent to 4 percent in the past decade. But there are still many barriers to getting started. First, women are expected to dress more elegantly and carefully than men do. Even black women are told to “tame” their natural hair at work. In addition, a male-dominated bike culture can make women feel unwelcome at bike shops and cycling clubs. Women often take longer to get to their destination. They make more stops along the way.

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