By APA Staff | APA News/File|APA News|File (APA photo) The Honda Motor Co. is set to start selling motorcycle parts for sale online for the first time, according to a new report by the Associated Press.
The company said Wednesday it will sell parts for Ducati, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Suzuki GSX-R1000, Suzuki V-Strom, and Yamaha FZR-01, and Honda will offer parts for Kawasaki ZX-10, Ducati 1190, Honda CBR600R, Honda CRF250R, Kawasumi, and Triumph.
The news comes amid a global crackdown on online piracy and the potential for counterfeit parts.
Online piracy is a threat to Honda, the APA reported.
Honda said it’s working with regulators to help ensure that its products are safe for consumers.
The APA said that since April, Honda has made some 3,000 requests for the parts from U.S. and Canadian customers who have bought parts from online dealers, including eBay and Amazon.com.
The Associated Press first reported the news.
“The new technology allows consumers to directly order and ship their motorcycle parts directly to their dealer and save time and money,” said Honda spokeswoman Mary O’Connell in a statement.
“Honda will work with regulators around the world to address these concerns.”
The AP’s report also noted that the company will not be offering motorcycle parts at dealerships.
Honda is already offering a service called “Hobby Parts” that helps consumers order parts online and can be accessed at Honda.com/hobbyparts.
“We are pleased to offer customers a seamless, personalized solution to their motorcycle needs through the Honda Parts Program, which will allow consumers to quickly order parts and get them delivered to their nearest Honda dealership,” said John Cappelli, vice president of communications at Honda Motor Company, in a news release.
Honda’s announcement comes as other automakers are cracking down on online counterfeiting.
Last week, Toyota announced it would ban online resellers from selling its Lexus RX-7 luxury sedan and Lexus ES350 crossover in China.
“Toyota has taken a number of steps to strengthen our safety measures to protect the integrity of the Toyota network,” Toyota said in a press release.
Toyota is the latest company to crack down on counterfeit parts after Honda and others stopped selling them last year.
Honda has said it is also cracking down in Europe, where many countries are tightening restrictions on online trading.
The U.K. has been cracking down against counterfeit cars and parts, while Germany has been clamping down on illegal online trading and online piracy.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on all countries to stop online trading in August.
“I have called on the world leaders to stop the illegal online trade of motor vehicles and parts,” Guterre said at a news conference in Geneva.
“It is unacceptable that the sale of counterfeit goods is increasing at an alarming rate, threatening our economies, our security, and our health,” he added.
Honda was not immediately available for comment.