Trump Encourages People to Boycott Harley: Dealer and Rider Reactions

Trump praises people boycotting an American icon: Harley Davidson Motorcycles.

Trump Praises Boycott

Hypocrisy Abounds

Wisconsin Governor Objects

Welcome Harley Riders

War With Harley Divides Bikers

The New York Times reports Trump’s War With Harley-Davidson Has Divided America’s Bikers.

Half-Million Riders

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.

Dealership View

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.

No Deal

Please see Trump's Lies Won't Make Farmers Great Again: There Was No Deal on Agriculture.

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.

Reader Comment

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

Comments (13)
No. 1-9

Well it seems that a groundswell of boycott trump resorts/hotels/trademarks may be brewing.


The Harley-Davidson demographic is getting up there in years. I think they are on a downward slide due to the age of the riders as opposed to bikes being manufactured offshore. Management will do what they can in the best interests of the company for the near term however short sided it may be (extend & pretend). The best days of Harley are in the rear view mirror.


I had a Harley. I think my next will be an Indian because Harley Davidson itself thinks H1-Bs from India are better than Americans for their IT department. If HD says Indians are better than their own homegrown employees, who am I to argue.

Now how can we outsource innane market and political commentary to Bangalore like they do customer service call centers?


can't blame Harley,all their parts are Chinese/Taiwan/Mexican,why not assembl it all over there like every other manufacturer,do the math>>2 dollars (zero bennies) an hour in china compared to 12 dollars an hour and bennies here.


Trump's idiotic tariffs leave them, and other US manufacturers who use steel, aluminum, and chips in their products, to move production overseas. He causes it, them blames people for doing what he forced them to do.