Harley-Davidson Rolls Out Plans In India

harleydavidsonindiaIn addition to those originally planned in Punjab, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi, Harley-Davidson is now looking to open dealerships in some more India cities. Harley-Davidson India managing director Anoop Prakash said that all cities making business sense will be studied. You have until November 2nd to submit your application. For now, all 15 Harley-Davidson models sold in India will be imported from the US. Looking for a job abroad? Why not sell your mechanic skills for a big price for a couple of years with an India dealership? Advice: New Dehli & Mumbia are the best locations…

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17 Responses to “Harley-Davidson Rolls Out Plans In India”


  1. 1 MDK Oct 7th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Soon to be engineered there and manufactured in the PRC!

  2. 2 Jeff Nicklus Oct 7th, 2009 at 10:56 am

    MDK,

    Nah, HD will engineer and BUILD in India …. that way they can shed the “Built in China” label they have.

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  3. 3 Mike Greenwald Oct 7th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    All the castings that I ever inspected from India were extremely inferior to those cast in other locales. I do not believe that things have changed in India to the extent necessary to make a good bike. Harley will get buried in warranty claims if they do not do their own castings. Harley will never be able to get the quality of castings needed if they outsource them in India. Should any readers be from India, your castings suck.

  4. 4 choppertom Oct 7th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    yeah, then the motor company can add the 7-eleven motif to the new sporster

  5. 5 Jeff Nicklus Oct 7th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Mike, Mike, Mike …… Dude!

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  6. 6 1550tc Oct 7th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    chopper towm

    yeah, then the motor company can add the 7-eleven motif to the new sporster

    FUCK NO!!!! GET Real……

    Apu from the Simpsons and the Kwik-E-Mart would be a better logo and spokesperson or have Apu as the new CEO

    “Mr. Simpson, pay for your purchases and get out… and come again.”

  7. 7 John E Adams Oct 7th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Not my forte, but I can’t help but believe could open up a new market for some of the more creative/savy aftermarket custom parts producers in the US . With the recent losses (thanks for the insight Cyril – 4 billion!!) HD experienced there is definitely something in the winds ($$$) picked up by some big players. Definitely worth digging a little deeper in any economy.

    Cheers,

    John E. Adams

  8. 8 Curt! Oct 7th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    I agree with Mike. Almost every casting and most other parts that come out of India are Junk. WL cylinders coming from there can only be used as boat anchors. The batteries last 30 days, tops then start pouring out acid unmercifully all over you paint. If HD builds over there, they will have to control QC with an iron fist. Put me down as thinking it is a BAD idea to manufacture HDs in India.

  9. 9 1550tc Oct 7th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Have you guys ever seen their auto industry?

    http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/NussbaumOnDesign/archives/2008/01/indias_new_car.html

    a 1949 vw bug is 10x the car…….their auto industry is aboutthe same in quality as a mid 1950 jap & european car

    That whole culture evolves around one word “cheap”, no matter what u do or have they can do it for cheaper.

    TRUE STORY GUYS

    I bought a Dell and even with the good warrantee i still got John Wayne in some call centre over there, then I got Clint, Roy Rodgers, Gilligan and finally, Elle Mae Clampett. So iask her where Jethro is and she said with any hesistation that he was on holidays with granny!! I pissed myself laughing!!!

  10. 10 ian Oct 8th, 2009 at 4:20 am

    with a population of 1.1 Billion (and growing) no manufacturer can afford to ignore such an important market – and just because our experience of that country is based upon call centres and the value end of the market, dosent mean that they do not have resources to change and improve.

  11. 11 MDK Oct 8th, 2009 at 7:02 am

    The company I work for and the previous one with similar product lines, both have large engineering firms in India. I’ve heard that upper management is planning on eventually farming out all the product modeling and detailing work to them leaving only new product design engineering functions in the U.S.

  12. 12 choppertom Oct 8th, 2009 at 8:15 am

    SACRED COW FATBOY.

    another new product line from the motor company

  13. 13 Cade Oct 8th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Marry a Indian woman from India and when you remove the little red dot on her forehead you might win a HD.

  14. 14 fuji Oct 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    My impression is that if one is a Harley junkie it will not make any differrance where the bike is built.
    A junkie will buy regarless of origain. Just to get a rush.

  15. 15 1550tc Oct 8th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Cade

    when you remove the little red dot on her forehead you might win a HD.

    That is her push start button!!!

  16. 16 Venom Oct 9th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    A HA HA HA!!!! Push start button??? LMAO! lol

    -Venom

  17. 17 jatinder pal Oct 12th, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Harley will get a surprise cause indians have money….Lamborghini and porshe was stunned when they introduce their products beacuse they booked the units on day 1 they wish to sell in 1 year…

    as for the indian manufacturing they have the quality to produce parts,i have personally seen harley springers springs made in india and sold in US as harley originals…moreover Harley doesnt have Dumb engineers who cant see good or bad quality….

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