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Honda ends US motorcycle production in '09

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Only two bikes are produced at that plant, so I dont think it'll impact sales. Personally, I buy Honda, because of the engineering, R&D and performance, not because it's built here or there. That may be different for the segment that buys those bikes, but I kinda doubt that it'll affect sales all that much.

It doesn't say anything about Honda ATV production which is based in South Carolina.
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Better for me if they're built in Japan. Not good for those peoples jobs and the economy though.

EDIT: I just read the whole article and it says they won't lose their jobs so I guess that one less thing to worry about. I'd rather have mine made in Japan even if it means paying more to have em shipped to us.
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Well, only the Goldwing and VTX models are made here. I also don't think it'll impact a pricepoint too much, since all other models are built overseas anyways. I mean, they sell the Goldwing in Japan now, so the ships are going back over there anyways.. what's another 44,000 units on a boat anyways.. lol
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Why would they do this? With the declining dollar they should be moving more production over here.
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Why would they do this? With the declining dollar they should be moving more production over here.
I'm guessing it's the unions fault somehow.




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I'm guessing it's the unions fault somehow.
That or the Japanese currency is falling more then ours, alas I'm too lazy to look.
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Same here, I'm too lazy to look and see if those plants were union and if they were complaining about wages. Something must be going on, because Toyota is doing very well with their American non union plants.




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supposedly they are converting that plant to build parts. its not big enough to build cars. Also the Honda CEO is a car guy, and not a bike guy like his predecessor.
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I'm guessing it's the unions fault somehow.
Honda associates have voted several times to keep the UAW out. They aren't union, and I beleive this may be true for Toyota's auto workers also. I read that this plant was a test bed for future auto plants by the founder of Honda, and was the first Japanese vehicle assembly plant on U.S. soil..

Here's a list of all the UAW manufactured vehicles..

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Well, only the Goldwing and VTX models are made here. I also don't think it'll impact a pricepoint too much, since all other models are built overseas anyways. I mean, they sell the Goldwing in Japan now, so the ships are going back over there anyways.. what's another 44,000 units on a boat anyways.. lol

True if your'e Honda has Vin # starting with letter "J" then it was manufactured in Japan. So no worries about it being made in Japan, the only downfall dealers have some bonehead assembling the unit. Like installing the cables , controls , front wheel and brakes.

The Goldwing and VTX vins start with "1" but the parts are usually mfg. in Japan anyways.

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