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post #2 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-17-2014, 08:58 PM
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Interesting.

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I concur. I'm tired and don't want to search much. I did a quick google but didn't find anything. Is there any articles or anything to give this a little support or proof? I believe it but proof helps tellin the HD boys that they aren't all American!

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It would be nice to believe that but what is the source of that "information"? As one of the signature lines says
"You can't believe every quote you read on the internet." - Abraham Lincoln

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"Other American motorcycles include Crocker and Excelsior"

Really? Yeah, I trust what this guys says...

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It's a competitive world market I'm surprised it's more than 50%.

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This was always a big topic on the Harley boards. They are able to call it an American bike because it is "assembled" in the USA. I always thought that was funny, because my Nissan pickup was assembled in Tennessee but it is called a foreign auto.

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Although I've spent many years on the much adored Harley Davidson marque there comes a time when you step back and say, "I'd like to meet one the engineers who designed this thing so I could punch him in the face!"

For over a decade (even though I rode one) I've had a standing bet with anyone willing to take me up on the offer. All they had to do was walk into any HD dealership and pick up the first accessory that they found, then turn it over and tell me where it was made. If made in the U.S.A. I would hand over a picture of Ben Franklin printed on a piece of government paper, if not then they owed me one. I've never had to pay off on the bet and quite frankly no Harley rider has ever wanted to challenge me on it.

Even my 1988 85th anniversary Glide had wheels on it that were stamped made in Australia.

As vindex1963 stated "It's a competitive world market". The part that bugs the hell out of me is that the company itself markets the brand as American. If they'd just drop that then I wouldn't have as much to bitch about.

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Nissan is not only assembled, many of the parts are manufactured in TN as well... Toyota is in Indiana.

Victory is made in Spirit Lake Iowa... J&P Cycles has us listed as a METRIC bike... HD basically gets their own catalog from them... but then again they have about 12billion% more aftermarket parts then we do.

granted, metric is a superior form of measurement... But the "People" are easily confused and like all good sheep will do as they are told. They will believe that Nissan, Toyota are made in japan and then millions of cars are boated across the ocean, Harleys are made in MERICA but no one could tell you where exactly, just "they made in all of meEEERr-i-ca!! every state!" Where are Vics made? Fuk they just fall from the sky from the magical land of Metric Measurements.

HD was smart... I'll give them that. They have established themselves as the "MEEERICA" bike LONG LONG ago. The only way they will lose that is if they PHSICALLY move their assembly plant down to Mexico to be closer to their manufactured parts. Even then... If they were assembling them with Kline Tools... that might just be enough for people to believe they are an American Bike.... anymore they are just an American Styled Bike.

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Kawasaki's been building scoots here since '85 with the VN750. Did it to dodge the Big Bike Tariff that was saving Harley's bacon. Course, that tariff was lifted the next year, but they were still doing it.

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