Tag Archives: Harley-Davidson

Merry Christmas From Harley

December 19, 2011

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Harley-Davidson is asking hourly workers in Wisconsin to take “voluntary layoffs” this week. According to the Chicago Tribune, the motor company intends to reduce its full time work force in Milwaukee area plants by more than 25 percent. Those workers would then be replaced by less expensive “seasonal workers.” The company has given workers until […]

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How To: Harley Seat Installation

September 5, 2011

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This is the first in what will probably amount to approximately 300 million How To Harley-Davidson tips for novice riders. I have been advised that people love this stuff.  Question How do I install a new seat on my Harley Davidson 883 Sportster? Can I do this myself? Will I need special tools?  Answer Sure, […]

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Millville Harley-Davidson

May 10, 2010

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In case you missed it, another Harley-Davidson franchise went under last week. Millville Harley-Davidson in New Jersey closed two stores, one in Millville and the other in Wildwood, without notice. Customers were very surprised. “The thing is, I talked to them Friday or Thursday and they never let anybody know anything,” a customer named Kenny […]

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Harley Is Doomed

January 28, 2010

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Harley-Davidson Incorporated, the iconic American motorcycle manufacturer is doomed. The confidant pitchmen now running the company into the ground understand that something has gone terribly, terribly wrong but they have absolutely no idea what the real disaster might be. Not even Willie G. Davidson, who has often been lionized as the savior of the company, […]

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Harley Stays Cuts Costs

December 10, 2009

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Welcome to the brave, new world of post-industrial America. Last week the union that represents workers at the Harley-Davidson plant in York, Pennsylvania, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 175, tentatively approved a new labor contract that will cut the plant’s workforce in half, reduce average wages and cut medical benefits. Pennsylvania’s […]

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Bye Bye York

November 18, 2009

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For the last 36 years York, Pennsylvania has been famous for three things: Peppermint Patties, Barbells and Harleys. Now it is starting to look like the motorcycles will be moving to Shelby County, Kentucky. Harley-Davidson has been threatening to close its York assembly plant since last May. In 1972, American Machine and Foundry (now it […]

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Bye Bye Buell

October 20, 2009

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Harley-Davidson announced last Thursday that profits were down 84 percent. Then on top of that the world’s principal manufacturer of traditional motorcycles also announced it intended to get stronger by eliminating its Buell brand. “We’re going to be able to grow the company more quickly,” Harley Chief Executive Officer Keith Wandell explained, “by investing in […]

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Politically Correct Harley-Davidson

June 11, 2009

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Now that most of us are poor and our credit cards hardly work anymore, Harley-Davidson has been desperately seeking to replace its poor, old customers with newer, richer, more cosmopolitan ones. The whole outlaw Americana thing is so 90s, you know? Which is why there was a special Harley advertising supplement in last month’s Vanity […]

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Who Owns Hollister

May 20, 2009

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If anybody owns Hollister it has to be Big Eddie Davenport. In case you are just joining us, Eddie Davenport is the fat guy (above) in the iconic Life Magazine photo that accompanied the story of the “Hollister Motorcycle Riots.” Eddie rode with a now defunct club called the Tulare Riders and the photo was […]

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Roger E. Williams, Jr.

May 6, 2009

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Roger E. Williams, Jr. of Fort Lauderdale died April, 25 of injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash in Leesburg, Florida. Williams was in Leesburg to participate in the 13th annual Leesburg Bikefest. According to local police, Williams was riding west on West Main Street about eight o’clock at night when he hit a four inch […]

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New Management

April 7, 2009

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Harley-Davidson continues to search for a way out of the corner into which it has painted itself. Today the motor company announced that Keith Wandell (pictured above) who has worked for another Milwaukee company named Johnson Controls for the last 21 years, will become the Chief Executive of Harley on May 1st. Wandell succeeds James […]

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Bikers Still Menace

March 23, 2009

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The police still fear us. They still really, really fear us. Let’s face it, okay? The reason why some of you ride a large, loud, patriotic motorcycle; have multiple tattoos; wear work clothes and black leather to the mall; carry a knife and maybe a gun; glare at strangers; and wear your wallet on a […]

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Is Harley Toast

January 18, 2009

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Harley-Davidson may be the last American icon. It is certainly the only iconic American brand. For fifty years men have been tattooing “Harley-Davidson” on their arms right under “Mom,” “Betty-Sue,” “USMC,” “Born To Lose” and “Death Before Dishonor.” Harley-Davidson is more than a brand of motorcycle. To the dwindling American working class, Harley-Davidson in 2009 […]

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