maybe IoM is next"You won't find a Harley at the IoM"
Well, unless they create a Harley only class.
Thank God for your shed.That’s the trouble Glen, I did like it, in fact I came home wanting to buy one.
But when I went to the local dealership, back here in little old England, with our narrow roads and busy streets, it all seemed very different!
The bike I road was a Road King... it weighs more than two of my bikes combined. I just don’t think I could get one up the side of the house and in / out of the shed!
Well, I think HD is trying very hard to catch-up with the rest of the m/c industry.Sorry Tony. I have to disagree with the “must be doing something right” comment lol
Their plan is to become a "lifestyle and wellness" brand. No joke.Well, I think HD is trying very hard to catch-up with the rest of the m/c industry.
It involves them realizing that they need competitive modern designs to be relevant in the future market.
The new line of DOHC V-twins is evidence of this.
HD also spent a great deal of cash on their e-Bike to try and beat the rest of the brands to the market place.
I think the fear of God has landed in the HD board room, and the company is now desperate to revamp their product line and image.
Are they still made in the U.S. ? I believe they have moved a lot of jobs out as well. Unfortunately this is a trend due to globalization. Companies pitting one government / tax brake / workforce against another so the upper echelons and where applicable the shareholders can reap more $ benefit. Each time valuable skills are lost in transition. The owners of these companies have no brand or patriotic loyalties, so why should we? My next bike will be a Royal Enfield who employ more folks in the U.K. than Norton did - they respect their heritage.Im buying a HD .
Depending what year it is the frame could have been made in Italy, the clocks in France, bearings anywhere in Europe the Amal carbs in Spain & Lucas were way ahead of the curve and had plants in India I believe. All the time NVT were touting "Buy British" However, to be fair this may have been because the downturn in manufacturing meant they couldn't source this stuff anywhere else.I don't expect to change anyone's mind on the subject, that rarely happens at our age.
I will say that the jobs created by Triumph in Thailand improve the standard of living for those who are lucky enough to get them.
Now I'll go back to repairing the exhaust ports on my entirely UK built Norton!