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Cool Harley, America's Motorcycle...

I think this picture says it all...

Hi, my name is Matt, and I have a speeding problem
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Like just about everything else... bikes are assembled from components manufactured all over the world. Harley is American in that the profits go to a U.S.-based company.

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That doesn't surprise me a bit. I knew most of the motor is made at Modern drop forge here in chicago and assembled in Milwaukee. Carbs are usually easier to buy and slap on.

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Like just about everything else... bikes are assembled from components manufactured all over the world. Harley is American in that the profits go to a U.S.-based company.

Exactly. Harley's have used Japanese suspension & carbs for a LONG LONG time. I believe all the bearings in the engines come from Germany (DKW) if I remember correctly.
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Wouldn't have anything to do with not seeing so many newer Harley on the side of the road anymore huh??

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In most products, often the retailers make the largest profits. The mark-up for manufacturign is minimal... R&D and voerhead cost the most.

My favorite example are the new TOyota cars. Manufactures, designed and sold in the US wiht a high % of US parts.. Only TMC profits go overseas, but typically much of the profits are reinvested in the US. I'm guessign on vehicle sales, 5% leaves the country.


"Made in the USA" still means something (often negative ), but "Buy American" doesn't mean much anymore IMO

I've always tried ot be a educated consumer. You have ot earn my business. Blindly purchasing products only because they are made locally is aganst the principles of capitalism.

It's un-American to only purchase "American Made" products. Hmmmm.
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Alright Dave... your turn.
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"Made in the USA" still means something (often negative ), but "Buy American" doesn't mean much anymore IMO


It's un-American to only purchase "American Made" products. Hmmmm.
My American car was made in Canada
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The last two of my "American-Made" cars were from Canada and Mexico. Must mean "North America".

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My Japanese car was made in Canada.

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Come to think of it... my Mom's Japanese motorcycle was made in Ohio

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To the best of my knowlege:
if not now, at one time, the only 100% american made bike with 100% american parts is/was the Honda Shadow.
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How about looking at it this way............No doubt other countries make things better then the good Ol USA... Bikes, cars, TV's Stereos.

Butttttttt........... If all countries were to close the borders to trade, what country would you want to live in?

Be proud of America, we have alot to be thankful for!

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