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War With Harley Divides Bikers
The New York Times reports Trump’s War With Harley-Davidson Has Divided America’s Bikers.
The video is interesting. Some hardcore bikers and founders of the "Fat Bastards" claim this will be their last Harley and they will buy something else next time.
“I’m riding my last Harley,” said Mr. Rathbun, 67, a retired truck driver whose bike rally essentials included a steel knife nestled in his belt, a saddle bag stuffed with a Ruger pistol and a small bottle of Jack Daniel’s cinnamon whiskey. “It was American made, and that’s why we stood behind them.”
What are they going to buy?
American Made? Really?
For the full interview, please see Harley-Davidson CEO Pushes Back on Political Criticism in Internal Memo.
In View From the Dealerships, George Gatto, who owns two Harley-Davidson dealerships in the Pittsburgh area, discusses how consumers have responded to Harley-Davidson's plans to shift some production overseas.
Gatto says there is no reaction from customers. Color me unsurprised.
Fat Bastard Hypocrites
Trump tariffs would have cost Harley $9 million a month.
What would the Fat Bastards have done if they owned Harley?
They would have done just what Harley did: Start assembling motorcycles in the EU.
And consider my follow-up Hey Mr. Juncker, About That Bean Order?
Business is business: Trump Tariffs Crush Small Businesses: "We Are at the Limit", Optimism Sinks
Trump is to blame, not Harley.
The only competition for Harley is foreign manufacturers that completely build their bikes abroad. So he is effectively sacrificing an American firm to its foreign competitors.
This simply makes the point that if you announce something that embarrasses Trump, he’ll come after you, no matter whether or not it advances his policy objectives.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock