Fast Motorcycle Industry News

1- Harley-Davidson Plant In India. As you all know, in 2011 Harley Davidson will assemble his motorcycles in India. All Harley Davidson bikes are presently imported. The company plans to setup an assembly line in Haryana, but until now didn’t disclose the models that will be assembled locally. Information leaked states that the Sportster models 883L and 883R will be the first to be fully assembled in India. It seems logical to appeal to the largest number of clients with the lowest prices and the smallest sized motorcycles. Now that the information is out, I wonder why anyone in India would buy a Sportster model right now, knowing that prices will be half what they are now when the Haryana plant will be operational in 2011.

2- Polaris plant in Mexico. It will cost $25 million plus $2 million in security features to build the new Monterrey ATV plant in Mexico. CEO Scott Wine disclosed to the local Minnesota press that a Polaris Mexican worker will be paid about one third what an American worker with same qualification is paid at its 2 plants of Spirit Lake, Iowa and Osceola, Minnesota. The 2 US plants will be reorganized. ATVs represents 65% of Polaris’ sales. Polaris justifies his new Mexican plant not only for operational cost savings but also for logistical reasons, being closer to its South America markets.

3- Victory Motorcycles Operation Gratitude. The objective is to honor military personnel and to collect personal items at Victory dealerships that will distribute to troops worldwide. One soldier will receive a new Victory motorcycle. Consumers are invited to nominate “hometown heroes” on the Victory Hometown Heroes website. Those serving in the U.S. or Canadian military and all veterans are eligible to be nominated until December 5th. The veteran or active-duty soldier receiving the most votes will be selected to receive the motorcycle.

4- Harley-Davidson is also offering a bike and Freedom Pass vacation in Military Appreciation Month drawing. The winner and five of their fellow service members will receive an exclusive Harley-Davidson motorcycling experience in Milwaukee, Wis, including VIP treatment at the H-D Museum. The winner will also receive a motorcycle of their choice and other select gifts. Active military personnel are eligible and may register online. Go to Appreciation Month Drawing.

11 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 bigitch Nov 11th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    hey i got an idea!
    to avoid paying import tax into india for my motorcycles, i’ll spend millions to set up a plant to produce the motorcycles over there and pay the employees and utilities bills, and the insurance because that is so much cheaper than paying import tax.
    especially in a nation where the average median income is under two thousand ($2,000.00) a year
    wow ain’t i smart!
    and after i get it set up i can start importing them to america cuz the tariff to america is cheaper than the import to india.
    and soon the motor company will have to shut down its wisconsin plants and lay-off all those people cuz they can get my bike built cheaper here.
    and of course we don’t have to worry about those people who talk about patriotism cuz harley-davidson is bigger than america and soon it will be bigger than jesus.

  2. 2 Scott Nov 11th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I really don’t get the concept of being upset about Harley opening a factory in India. Then again I know that if they were to import those back to the states I would not buy one. and probably would not buy ANTYTHING from them, It is a really simple concept. Vote with your dollars. Only support those companies that support the US economy. Probably the hardest part for me to understand is why are US consumers so damned stupid.

  3. 3 nicker Nov 11th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    “…I would not buy one…….. It is a really simple concept. Vote with your dollars…”

    Doubt it’s about what “we” (Boomers and the like) will buy, but rather what the kids who are riding MX bicycles and skate board are gonna be riding.

    Bet is that the fat part of our demographic curve will be gradually heading towards trikes & cars and walkers….:-)

    A business plan that bets that Kids, who are watching MC stunt side shows and extreme sports, will be interested in buying stretched customs or nostalgia targeted V-twins is probably bucking the odds.

    Sure, nostalgia is a big part of what draws many to scooters, but all ya gotta do is take an old FL to a show and sit around talking to the people who show an interest. Old guys will talk all day about what they had… yada, yada, but not many will be ponying up $$$s to become players.
    Young guys ask where the starter button is. When ya point to the kick starter, they loose interest.
    Turns out, much of their “nostalgia” is only “skin deep.”

    Could small, light, powerful, way cool street trackers & cafe customs be a better play….???
    Just a thought.


  4. 4 Grey Beard Nov 12th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    India ????????…. LMAO…. I guess now the AMF era will be elevated up to a level of respect.

  5. 5 Sam Nov 12th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Harley is in the toilet! Time to flush?

  6. 6 cwglide Nov 12th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Hey i got an idea for retirement since i won’t be able to afford to live in Calif when i retire, cost to damn much!. Take my California money move to Mexico, buy a Hacienda and work for an American company there. What am I thinking, they don’t have Tivo in Mexico do they?

  7. 7 martin Twofeather Nov 12th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    As a stock holder Harley is not in the toilet but they are looking to brake the back of the unions and work less people here in the USA driving higher stock prices.And on the long term building as many as 12 models of Harley Davidson out of the country.Soon it will be a good time to be a dealer for all the incoming motorcycles……………..

  8. 8 nicker Nov 12th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    “…they are looking to brake the back of the unions and work less people here in the USA …”

    Like it or not today’s reality is, it’s a global economy. So, if BMW is willing to move German jobs to the US, because they can pay non-union assembly workers on the East Coast 50% of the wages they pay in Europe, then i guess that strategy works in the other direction too…..(??)


  9. 9 Panmann Nov 15th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I am not suprised at all about India. Last year they sold out USA made tires for Michelins that are made out of the country.

  10. 10 Wiz Nov 16th, 2010 at 6:13 am

    I don’t get how American companies like Harley and Polaris can be waving the Red, White, an’ Blue Flag with one hand and yelling “Support the Troops” while undermining the American worker with the other. Kinda hypocritical iffin’ ya ask me. Yeah, it’s all about the money, like Judas said! Wiz

  11. 11 JoAnn Bortles Nov 19th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    “CEO Scott Wine disclosed to the local Minnesota press that a Polaris Mexican worker will be paid about one third what an American worker with same qualification is paid at its 2 plants of Spirit Lake, Iowa and Osceola, Minnesota. ”

    And other companies are doing the same thing. Geeze, pretty soon there won’t be any work in this country for the Mexicans to do.

    HD and Polaris should be ashamed of their “all American” advertising. But with lavish lifestyles financed by big time corporate pay, I’m sure they don’t care one bit.

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