FU Harley-Davidson

Biff Hardslab

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First I want to say that I love my Harley. I love riding it. I went on a 250 mi stretch Saturday and enjoyed every minute of it. I like the camaraderie with the other Harley riders. I've had more fun on my Road King in a month than I had on my Yamaha VStar in two years. The only thing I would trade my bike for is another Harley.

But, fuck you Harley Davidson. I'm a dope that will buy your merchandise. I will always walk out of a dealership with a new t-shrt, coffee mug, hoodie, wallet, colostomy bag...etc. If its got the Harley logo on it, I'm interested in buying it. But the majority of your stuff is made in China. I understand the reasoning behind it. Even though you pride yourself on being an American company, you want to save money by having a fleet of Chinese 7 year olds sew your clothes together for $.08 an hour. But how about sending some of that savings back to your customers. I'm paying American prices for Chinese made products. The Harley coffee cup that I'm drinking out of right now was made in Thailand. $15. You could have charged $6 and still made a nice profit. The jacket that I paid $140 for, while very nice and gets compliments, probably cost you about $18 to produce and ship over here. $30 for a t-shirt? I don't remember seeing a rock concert before I bought it.

"Then quit buying it. We all know how much you love t-shirts, so quit bitching."

You're right. But I'm not going to stop. I'll pay it, and keep the cycle going. So FU to me too for being dumb enough to buy it.
 

Norm Stansfield

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I don't believe that you think you're stupid. People who think they're stupid feel more shame than this about it. You seem to be more proud of yourself than anything.
 
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The way to get American made Harley Davidson gear is to know your size and buy vintage. For example, I did a quick search on ebay and found numerous Harley Davidson shirts/jackets/chaps made in the USA (http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=HARLEY DAVIDSON LEATHER JACKET MOTORCYCLE BLACK MENS USA made&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.XHARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE MENS USA made&_nkw=HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE MENS USA made&_sacat=0). Obviously the selection won't be as wide ranging, but with a little patience you'll find things you like.
 

Biff Hardslab

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The way to get American made Harley Davidson gear is to know your size and buy vintage. For example, I did a quick search on ebay and found numerous Harley Davidson shirts/jackets/chaps made in the USA (http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=HARLEY DAVIDSON LEATHER JACKET MOTORCYCLE BLACK MENS USA made&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.XHARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE MENS USA made&_nkw=HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE MENS USA made&_sacat=0). Obviously the selection won't be as wide ranging, but with a little patience you'll find things you like.
That is a good selection. I'm not hung up on the stuff being made in China (although I was surprised because of the way Harley markets itself) because that's the world we live in now. I'm just pissy because the items are priced like they were made in the U.S.A.
 

gleet

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Good old Harley, still fighting for the American way so we aren't forced to buy cheap foreign goods.

In September of 1982, Harley-Davidson petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) for relief from the importation of heavyweight motorcycles and power-train subassemblies (an engine part). The petition was filed under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974, known as the "Escape Clause," which allows an industry to request import relief from foreign competition when increasing imports are causing or threatening serious injury to the domestic industry. In these cases, the ITC investigates the claim and then reports to the president. If the finding is affirmative, the executive branch examines the matter and the president makes a decision within 60 days.

After its hearing on November 30, 1982, the ITC found that Harley-Davidson made up 75 percent of the American motorcycle industry (as measured in terms of capital and labor). The rest of the industry is composed of one Honda plant and one Kawasaki plant. On January 19, 1983, the ITC concluded by a vote of two to one that imports of heavyweight cycles, but not power-train subassemblies, posed a substantial threat to the American motorcycle industry.[14]

To provide relief, the ITC recommended the following five-year tariff plan for heavyweight motorcycles: Raise the current tariff of 4.4 percent to 49.4 percent and keep it there for a year; lower the rate to 39.4 percent in the second year, to 24.4 percent in the third year, to 19.4 percent in the fourth year, and to 14.4 percent in the fifth year. After the fifth year the tariff is to return to 4.4 percent.
http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa032.html
 

weeniewawa

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that's right, the "Harley Tax" put on all the rice rockets

at least you own one of them

I hate all the people who buy harley stuff and don't have a harley
 

CougarHunter

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The Harley tax is what doomed mid-sized Japanese cruisers like the Honda Silver Wing. They had just came out with the upgraded CX-650 wing, when it took effect making that an 83 only bike. I'd love to have one, but finding parts for a 30 year old single year bike....
 

THE FEZ MAN

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Hundred dollars
 

Creasy Bear

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that's right, the "Harley Tax" put on all the rice rockets

at least you own one of them

I hate all the people who buy harley stuff and don't have a harley
If it wasn't for those people, there would be no people who have a Harley. It's the people who buy Harley shit that keep that company afloat. Shit... I'll bet Harley is at the point where they're selling motorcycles as a loss leader and a gimmick to keep their lucrative Chinese-made Harley merchandise market going.
 

Neckbeard

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I can't drive a motorcycle and don't really think I ever will, but my dad's Victory has me so FUCKING JEALOUS. I'd own one over a Harley anyday.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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If it wasn't for those people, there would be no people who have a Harley. It's the people who buy Harley shit that keep that company afloat. Shit... I'll bet Harley is at the point where they're selling motorcycles as a loss leader and a gimmick to keep their lucrative Chinese-made Harley merchandise market going.

Bingo! A buddy of mine worked for harley. He will tell you flat out they make way more money selling "the lifestyles" and chrome bobbles to bolt on than they do on motorcycles
 

Creasy Bear

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Bingo! A buddy of mine worked for harley. He will tell you flat out they make way more money selling "the lifestyles" and chrome bobbles to bolt on than they do on motorcycles
And it's a travesty that such should be the case.

The Japanese motorcycle company executives must look at Harley Davidson and scratch their heads like, "How the fuck can they have such such a huge and fiercely-loyal market of enthusiasts for their motorcycles, yet they can only manage to make money selling T-shirts? What the hell is wrong with these round eye?"

The Japs can stay competitive and profitable selling motorcycles that don't have a fraction of the brand loyalty Harley enjoys, and the Japs probably make dick all selling T-shirts.

What's Harely's deal that they're like always teetering on the brink of bankruptcy? Is it a union thing? Unions are they only thing that I can think of that would fuck up a wet dream like Harley's brand loyalty.
 

VMS

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And it's a travesty that such should be the case.

The Japanese motorcycle company executives must look at Harley Davidson and scratch their heads like, "How the fuck can they have such such a huge and fiercely-loyal market of enthusiasts for their motorcycles, yet they can only manage to make money selling T-shirts? What the hell is wrong with these round eye?"

The Japs can stay competitive and profitable selling motorcycles that don't have a fraction of the brand loyalty Harley enjoys, and the Japs probably make dick all selling T-shirts.

What's Harely's deal that they're like always teetering on the brink of bankruptcy? Is it a union thing? Unions are they only thing that I can think of that would fuck up a wet dream like Harley's brand loyalty.
I know the York plant is a union shop.
 

MurphCO

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Harley is a great T-Shirt company that also happens to make Motorcycles.

I liken most of the Harley crowd to being the same FAT shit shows that go to the M&M Store in Vegas, or take their kids to the Disney Store in the mall....

its all about the brand name and not the quality of the product.
 

Sinn Fein

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If I ever bought a bike it wouldn't be a Harley. I want no part of that stupidity. Give me a Honda.
 

JoeyDVDZ

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I want a Harley, the damn things are loud as shit. My Magna sounds like a fucking lawn mower. Gets some decent speed, but the Harley's are just nicer rides.
 

Biff Hardslab

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I want a Harley, the damn things are loud as shit. My Magna sounds like a fucking lawn mower. Gets some decent speed, but the Harley's are just nicer rides.
Off the floor they aren't. The stock pipes are very quiet. Any loud Harley you hear has had a good chunk of money spent to get that sound. My bike is in stealth mode. That problem will be fixed in the spring when I get some Vance and Hines or Rhinehart slip ons put on. The riding season is almost over here, so I'm not going to bother with it right now.
 

CougarHunter

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Someone at work was relating a story to me last week about how his boss would never have a "metric" bike and only rode Harleys. He was working on said boss' bike, and delighted him to no end to tell the boss that he had to bust out the metric wrenches and sockets to work on his baby.
 

JoeyDVDZ

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Yeah, the Harley's are going more and more to foreign parts. Sad really... Still, I'd rather be sitting on a Dyna when other Harley riders go past me; you just seem to get more respect on them.
 

CougarHunter

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I'll never be troubled with having to finding out. There are at least 5 different motorcycle companies that would have to go out of business before I bought one.