Harley Davidson to shut down India manufacturing and sales

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  1. WT

    WT Millennium Member

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    Harley Davidson said that it is discontinuing sales and manufacturing operations in the world’s second most populous country as part of its company-wide restructuring, or the “Rewire” plan, a five-year strategy to reset its business, focus on high-priority markets and tighten up by streamlining models.

    Harley had been in India for about 10 years but only sold a few thousand motorcycles each year. It was a real money loser.

    Harley's biggest competitor in India was Royal Enfield, a motorcycle selling for about 1/10th of a HD.

    Harley is in talks with India's HERO Motorcycle Co. to import and sell American made Harleys.
     
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  2. Jonesee

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    That is where Harley made their small bike. It is still too expensive to compete with the Royal Enfield.

    I owned a Harley, but will admit I like the Royal Enfield. A lot of history and a good looking standard bike. A great basic commuter bike.

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    Maybe HD should offer a model with bench seats front and rear?? Could be a big seller.
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    Lmao. I was thinking the same thing. The one up seat won’t cut it in India. Gotta be able to carry a family of 5 and a half dozen chickens.
     
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    Harley's are way over priced and over hyped.
     
  6. Jonesee

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    I added a pic of their standard seat bike. It is the Royal Enfield Bullet.
     
  7. BUG'S

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    Nice retro look of the older Triumphs and BSA's.
     
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    Not really, they are great bikes and hold their resale value extremely well.
     
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    3185760B-74FE-49E7-A24C-C86D01C64CA1.jpeg All their employees are going home
     
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    A riding buddy of mine has a Royal Enfield and I have to say, it is a really nice looking bike in person. Also reliable and rides well. Would love to see one done up in the style of a 60's Rocker/Cafe Racer with drop bars and a single seat.
     
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    Harley went woke. Let them go broke.
     
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    (said with a heavy Hindi accent) Gawd Dahmit!!
     
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    If you ever saw the welds up close on these bike frames you'd rather pedal your bicycle than hop on a Royal Enfield for street use.
     
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    Harley needs to face the reality that the solution to declining sales isn't to build bigger and bigger cruisers like the 1923 cc engine. They need to fix the 500 and 750 Street so they can compete with the Triumph Bonneville and Royal Enfield Interceptor.
     
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    I wonder who's going to make the Indian engines for H-D then?
     
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    It's ironic that their best running and handling motorcycles have Indian engines.
     
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    Not anymore.
     
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