Shark of the Month October 13
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Was northern Maine, now gulf coast of Florida
Speaking of "Made in the USA" .......I came across this in a financial news article a while back. HD, and other US motorcycle manufacturers are very fortunate that the Gov. doesn't require them to report exactly where the components come from. If you look at a new car that touts that it's "Made in America" in the past several years, you'll actually see the exact % of parts made in USA on the window sticker. For example, Honda cars that are assembled in the US actually have a higher US part % (81%) than do many GMs and Fords. Here's a chunk of that article I referred to:
"As for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, they may be considered classic Americana, but the components of the bikes themselves come from many places outside the U.S., just like in the auto industry.
Harleys sold in the U.S. are indeed assembled in one of four plants located in Wisconsin, Missouri and Pennsylvania. But the brakes and clutch are imported from Italy, the engine pistons are made in Austria, the bike suspension comes from Japan, and other electronic components originate in Mexico and China."
Industry experts place the actual "Made in USA" content for HD at 60-71%, though only HD knows for sure what that percentage really is. For example, if you disassembled an RG down to each of the individual parts and pieces, and calculated the Country of Origin for each individual piece, it would be stunning to many that their "Made in USA HD might actually only be comprised of 40% foreign parts. Not dumping on HD here, just saying that it'll be a sad day for them if/when the Feds mandate the same country of origin info on bikes that they do on cars/light trucks. In the new Global economy, nothing is as it first appears when it comes to "where were the parts manufactured?"
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” - HST
Last edited by Uncle Fuzzy; 02-12-2019 at 12:06 AM.