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Old 28th October 2010
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Recently took part in a market research survey conducted by a well known polling company here in the UK on behalf of HD. During a 45 minute survey one interesting section asked for opinions on HD producing bikes in China, India and Slovakia - anybody else heard any info on this subject?
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No, but if I do, I'll tell them what I think: I have disposable income (from time to time). I bought an HD in large part because of its heritage. If it isn't from the US, it's not quite the same bike, so I may as well look around. And in that case, a big sport-tourer looks like lots of fun.
Harley's desparate to expand internationally, and it would cost less to produce locally, especially in Chindia. My opinion is that unless they want to leave their niche and compete in the mass market, it would be a mistake to manufacture outside the US.
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If they do want to make a bike in China I would not have a problem with it if if it was a small displacement and designed to be sold in Asia only. That would make financial sense to me. Just don't try to ship manufacturing of their current bikes overseas.
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If they do want to make a bike in China I would not have a problem with it if if it was a small displacement and designed to be sold in Asia only. That would make financial sense to me. Just don't try to ship manufacturing of their current bikes overseas.
Very good point, though a survey in the UK would imply they are considering exporting them elswhere. Which I think would ruin the brand!
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hadn't thought of Dans point about smaller displacement bikes for sale in asia - I got the distinct impression it was the current model range they were trying to guage opinion on. There were several questions mentioning 750cc engines, also several queries about air cooled over water cooled.
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If a Harley was made in China or India, there would no longer be a reason to buy it. Do people have any buying "morals"?? I still can not believe the number of HD buyers who drive Toyotas and such, where is the rational for this?
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You can already buy helmets made in China at the H-D Stealership and they come in a box with 'Proudly Made in America' as part of the logo. If they are going to lie about that...why not make bikes in China?!?
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Why bitch and complain about made in china, take a look at the items in your house, the clothes on your back, the parts on your American motorcycle. Better yet go shop at Target, Wal-Fart, Everythings -I LUV XLF!--I LUV XLF!--I LUV XLF!--I LUV XLF!--I LUV XLF!--I LUV XLF!--I LUV XLF!- made in China. Did someone just wake up after a thirty year nap...
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Why bitch and complain about made in china, take a look at the items in your house, the clothes on your back, the parts on your American motorcycle. Better yet go shop at Target, Wal-Fart, Everythings -I LUV XLF!--I LUV XLF!--I LUV XLF!--I LUV XLF!--I LUV XLF!--I LUV XLF!--I LUV XLF!- made in China. Did someone just wake up after a thirty year nap...
Actually my shirt is USA made(HD shirt I got a year ago). 95% of the parts on my bike are USA made(Battery, JD top clamp, and Horn), and those parts that aren't USA made aren't from China.

If you look you'll find American made, and at times it is cheaper to buy American! Shopping at the dollar store a few weeks back I found this out.

Just because a large amount of products are made in China doesn't mean we can't push to bring jobs back to our shores.
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I whole-heartedly agree, and I apologize if I come off as brazen...not my intention. I guess I sort of get frustrated at the current state of the world, and should think more before I type. I am apart of the problem, and dont mean to insinuate that I might not be...
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