Tag Archives: Harley-Davidson

The New Little Harley

October 28, 2013

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Harley-Davidson is expected to introduce a new motorcycle with a 600 cc engine displacement at a media event in Milan, Italy on November 4. The presser will precede the EICMA 71st International Motorcycle Exhibition which opens November 5. The new bike will probably be identical to the motorcycle in the photo above. The photo ran […]

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Hooray For Harley

October 22, 2013

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Harley-Davidson appears to have turned the corner financially. The company seemed doomed to bankruptcy in 2008. See “Harley Is Doomed” from January 2010. The motor company’s profits for the quarter ending with September rose 21 percent. Sales in the United States increased by 20 percent over July through September last year. Harley made a profit this […]

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Harley Recall

October 17, 2013

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Harley-Davidson announced a recall yesterday of the motor company’s 2014 touring and Softail models and trikes. Harley also warned affected owners not to try to ride their new bike’s into the nearest dealership. The recall affects 29,046 motorcycles. The defective bikes are all FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE, FLHRSE, FLHTCUTG, FXSBSE and FLSTNSE models […]

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Not Your Father’s Motorcycle

September 5, 2013

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A couple of recent and widely reported stories illustrate where Harley-Davidson is heading with its products – whether you like it or not. For at least the last five years, since Keith Wandell became the Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Company, Harley has canned workers, cut pay for others, tried to tame its outlaw […]

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Pope To Bless Successful American Export

June 14, 2013

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America’s brief heyday was probably the interlude between the big World War and the smaller war nobody is still really allowed to talk about. Maybe the heyday stretched into the golden age of disco. It probably ended with Reagan and it is definitely over now, for sure. But, the ghosts of that time haunt us […]

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The Manchurian Harleys

May 20, 2013

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China Daily reported this morning that thirteen American Harley riders rolled into Tai’an last week. Tai’an is a city of about 5.5 million people in Western China south of Beijing. The riders are participants in the “Ride to Confucius” tour, which is arranged by a suburban Philadelphia company named Knighthawk Tours LLC. It is the […]

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Lean, Mean, Robotic Harley

September 24, 2012

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Over the weekend The Wall Street Journal used Harley-Davidson as an example of America’s new, “lean” model of manufacturing. The term “lean” means what you probably already think it means. Lean means fewer hourly workers, reduced job security, more robots, higher profits and bigger bonuses for executives. Lean does not mean better or cheaper motorcycles. […]

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Postmodern Sturgis 2012

August 9, 2012

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It’s Sturgis if you can afford it. It is also Sturgis if you are willing to travel hundreds of miles for a temporary job. Most of all it is postmodern Sturgis for the “next generation of Harley-Davidson” customers. Postmodernism, one may learn from Wikipedia, “postulates that many, if not all, apparent realities are only social […]

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The Basket Case

June 7, 2012

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At some point almost every biker of a certain age who once had some dollars to burn bought a basket case – a bike that was cheap because it was thoroughly broken. They usually never ran but trying to rebuild them was a good way to learn all about Harleys – from flywheels to candy […]

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Harley Execs Get Paid

March 28, 2012

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Harley-Davidson, the Milwaukee based lifestyle products company, announced yesterday how much its top five executives made last year. The five executives are Keith Wandell, chief executive officer of the motor company; John Olin, the chief financial officer; Matthew Levatich, the chief operating officer; Lawrence Hund who runs Harley’s loan company; and Paul Jones who is […]

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Willie G. Retires

March 20, 2012

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Willie G. Davidson, without whom you would probably be riding a different brand of motorcycle, will retire from the Harley-Davidson Motor Company on April 30. Willie G.(in his youth above) is 78-years-old, suffers from Type 2 Diabetes, and has worn hearing aids in both ears for the last 25 years. He is the grandson of […]

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Clapp Versus Harley

March 13, 2012

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Fritz Clapp, the self-described “lawyer from hell” who has represented “the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation in trademark and related business matters” for more than two decades is involved in a small dustup with Harley-Davidson. Clapp (above) has filed numerous trademark infringement suits on behalf of the Angels. Last August he filed suit against Wildfox Couture, […]

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Harley Crash Lawsuit

December 20, 2011

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A jury yesterday decided that neither Harley-Davidson nor Harley-Davidson of Sacramento was responsible for a crash in April 2009 that left a woman permanently disabled. Judy Wilson, of Lincoln, California and her estranged husband jack Wilson sued the dealership for an indeterminate sum. Her attorney, Bill Veen, told the jury that the injury had cost […]

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