Yesterday evening in Cincinnati I was talking with other V-Twin Expo exhibitors about the Chinese motorcycle parts invasion. For example, last weekend I was in Clearwater Florida making an appearance at the Tampa Bay Motorcycle Expo. The bikes exhibited on the floor were very representative of what people like to build, own & ride. Of course, I checked them out. Since I am able to recognize the brand and the origin of any manufactured parts, I made the sad observation (it was no surprise) that knock off Chinese parts have invaded our industry. They are everywhere, even on cool high dollars bikes and of course in big percentage on bobbers. I talked to many owners asking them why this double stance: proud to be American & riding Chinese bikes. I knew the answer: economic reasons. They don’t have or their clients don’t have enough money to buy genuine American parts. They all know the consequences: very often unreliable parts and impoverishing our industry, financially and creatively. So, what is the solution? Maybe the collective magazine ad campaign running now in motorcycle magazines and regrouping major American manufacturers. In one of them, Phil R. Ray, President of Daytec Frames & Accessories writes a beautiful open letter. In it, he states “All of us who live in the USA are members of Team America. We need to support our team financially and mentally by doing our best to only purchase American Made Products. We may not always feel as if we are winning the game, but we still are all members of the greatest team on earth, Team America” .