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Harley Davidson requesting bailout!


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Glad I dont have money in there, then again I dont have any money now that I think about it LOL
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I own an '85 Yamaha Maxim XJ700 and this is one of those bikes that were make for only two years due to those teriff laws...very hard to find parts for, especially here in Canada.
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Part of it is the economy, but IMHO, they have shot theirselves in the foot with their marketing and refusal to change with the market. Sucssfull baby boomers were eating up that outlaw biker persona for the last few years, well seems the fad is dying out, all the true bikers are alienated and turned off by the high prices and saturated market with cookie cutter Harley's. A few years ago the company was big enough it could have afforded to develop different styles and technology in their bikes, but they chose to remain on course, and now they are paying the price. I am sure they will make it out, but they will not probably be the same.

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What t-shirt sales are down? I recall reading they made a lot more money in merchandising than they ever have selling bikes (assuming you call a harley a bike).

They limited their supply pretty much to orders to justify the high price to their limited market. Pretty much been selling the same repackaged design for 50 years.
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So that is why I saw a commercial bringing back the, "your sportser will be worth what you paid for it when you trade it towards another Harley" deal.

And yes I remember the tariff days.

Time to put tariffs on all the crap (especially the stuff American companies have) made out side of the U.S.A. Then we could have some jobs here producing stuff again.

Yes stuff would cost more, but we could have quality stuff again too, like the "old days."
Then we could appreciate the junk rather than think of it as disposable and only to last a few years.

My parents just today replaced a 37 year old oven at their house. Think they got their money's worth? It still worked too.

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Not too surprising... I've read somewhere that about 80% of all HD's sold require financing... Banks are hording their bailout money instead of making it available for loans. Automakers are having a hard time getting loans for people to buy their cars too.

Maybe HD will price their bikes more in line with where they should be...


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My good buddy Ronnie is an R/D guy for them. He helped develop and customize the V-Rod and Street Rod and it's variants. He says the KC plant is hurting...

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HD's suck and this is what happens when you refuse to get with the 21 century! garbage in garbage out!
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HD's suck and this is what happens when you refuse to get with the 21 century! garbage in garbage out!
harsh! cuz when im 75 im gonna need one..
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