For the second year in a row, first quarter motorcycle tire sales are down.
Wholesale sales of replacement tires from the major tire manufacturers for 2014's Q1 fell 12.7% from the same period in 2013 -- when sales were down 15.8% from the first quarter in 2012, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council, which compiled the numbers.
That's bad news for Avon, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Pirelli, Michelin and other tire makers.
But it's also a harbinger of bad news for suppliers of other motorcycle parts, after-market parts and apparel retailers.
"Tire sales are a good gauge of the overall industry, because it shows how many people are riding their...