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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-14-2010, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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In 2003 I bought a Screaming Eagle Road King. I thought I was buying an American Motorcycle. I was wrong. A large part of what you find on every HD are foreign made. I felt ripped off and still do. Fast forward to 2010. Ive been looking at Victory's for a while now and am nearing the point of pulling the trigger on a new touring bike. But before I do I want to know what % of parts on a Victory are made in the USA. Im not a purist, but it's my dime and in these sad economic times I want to own an American Bike and do something for the average American working man or woman. We need these good paying blue collar jobs. Not everyone is suitable for college or to sit in front of a computer monitor all day. Taking a piece of metal and forming it into something better than the rest of the worlds offerings is WHAT MADE THIS COUNTRY GREAT. What say you?
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I don't know the exact percentage but I remember reading that Victory has more American Parts than HD.
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like diamond i also don't know, however i like your attitude and share your concern, the last thing i did to my harley before selling, " Genuine H. D. " printed right on the top end gasket set was , enclosed items made in, u.s. , china, and some other ass#@$ place, seems like when any product crosses the line as to how much is american v/s foreign and which foreign venue it is, we as purchasers have to make that decision.
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at suzukie polaris at pelham alabama,theres a guy that has worked with victory since first started, his name is carl. we talk when i go in & i asked the same question. i was informed that vic is i think about 18 % more than hd & the forien parts come from countrys that produce great parts no second rate. next time i see him ill get better list of manufactors & post. i also saw a pic of sonnie barger of hells angels on a custom vision with club skull & wings light by the side vision logo it was cool and theres more of them rideing i understand..
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While I was deciding to stay with Harley or come over to Victory I researched this same question. I knew I was gonna buy an American made bike!! The 18% more than a Harley was the same number I found. This was one of a handfull of reasons I made the switch.
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While I was deciding to stay with Harley or come over to Victory I researched this same question. I knew I was gonna buy an American made bike!! The 18% more than a Harley was the same number I found. This was one of a handfull of reasons I made the switch.
I guess we see things differently than most folks. Many of our people are without jobs, whole industries have been disassembled and moved to China. Why would a sane person continue to cut his own throat? If Victory was smart they would offer at least one bike that was 100% made in the USA if nothing else but to see if there was a market for it. Of course that would expose the myth that American bikes are made in America with 100% American parts.

Im sure that if Victory did build a 100% American bike 1) it would sell and 2) the Harley crowd would come over in droves. Especially if all the statistics on foreign parts included in each bike were known. I think the time is right for this kind of bike even if it is slightly higher priced. Honest hardworking Americans want to save their country and this mindset of buying American is the only thing that will work.

The truth is that if you trace the cost of goods back to the 60s you'd see that when adjusted for inflation they are even higher today than then. We didn't gain from giving our high paying blue collar jobs away. We lost. The only ones to gain were the Corps. and the bankers who shoveled the excess money into their pockets. We gained nothing.
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The number is near 90%. Things like Italian forks and brembo brakes and such. Parts such as frames both cast and steel and bars and swingarms and entire motor/transmission are american
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good post michael
i agree if thay could try and do this i to bleave thay would bring more to vic, if nothing else if thay would post where all the parts was from then folks would see a lot of the places that build these parts are not cheep its all quality.
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I guess we see things differently than most folks. Many of our people are without jobs, whole industries have been disassembled and moved to China. Why would a sane person continue to cut his own throat? If Victory was smart they would offer at least one bike that was 100% made in the USA if nothing else but to see if there was a market for it. Of course that would expose the myth that American bikes are made in America with 100% American parts.

Im sure that if Victory did build a 100% American bike 1) it would sell and 2) the Harley crowd would come over in droves. Especially if all the statistics on foreign parts included in each bike were known. I think the time is right for this kind of bike even if it is slightly higher priced. Honest hardworking Americans want to save their country and this mindset of buying American is the only thing that will work.

The truth is that if you trace the cost of goods back to the 60s you'd see that when adjusted for inflation they are even higher today than then. We didn't gain from giving our high paying blue collar jobs away. We lost. The only ones to gain were the Corps. and the bankers who shoveled the excess money into their pockets. We gained nothing.
Im not so sure that the harley folks would come. They like to talk the talk but it seems to me they are like sheep they just follow what they are told. How many rational people do you know will pay $50.00 for a t shirt and $120 for a button down shirt?
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In 2003 I bought a Screaming Eagle Road King. I thought I was buying an American Motorcycle. I was wrong. A large part of what you find on every HD are foreign made. I felt ripped off and still do. Fast forward to 2010. Ive been looking at Victory's for a while now and am nearing the point of pulling the trigger on a new touring bike. But before I do I want to know what % of parts on a Victory are made in the USA. Im not a purist, but it's my dime and in these sad economic times I want to own an American Bike and do something for the average American working man or woman. We need these good paying blue collar jobs. Not everyone is suitable for college or to sit in front of a computer monitor all day. Taking a piece of metal and forming it into something better than the rest of the worlds offerings is WHAT MADE THIS COUNTRY GREAT. What say you?
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