Alright. Let's be honest here. No matter how you try to twist it, the truth is simply just the truth. With the exception of the tranny, cams, crank and piston components, I have pretty much taken down, replaced or repaired almost everything else on my ride with the help of WillyD. In my mechanical adventures, I have encountered various country origin stamps on the stock parts of my Harley. Here are the countries I have come across: Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, China, Australia, Italy and Brazil. This is a fact folks. I know there are a few other countries in there but I can't recall off the top of my head.
Now for the big debate. No, Harley Davidson bikes are not made entirely in the U.S.A. anymore. Sorry, they just are not...maybe assembled, but seriously...it's not the same thing. Don't want to hear another damned thing about it. I'm glad that the MotoCo started here in the states. I enjoy reading the history and I dig the whole mystic thing that comes with it, but I won't be running around boasting that Harley is the all American bike.
Now, do I love HD? Yes, I love the bikes. I love the way they look. I love the way they ride. I really love the raw feel to them. To be honest with you, I have owned a few bikes and by far, my Harley has satisfied me in ways that no other bike has. Yeah, I have to admit that I'm a little disappointed that the whole "Made In America" has gone away, but I'm still a HD fan. (Not a fan of HD dealership mechanics though...pfffttt....not at all.)
I am very quickly becoming a huge fan of "Darwin Motorcycles". I like the companies philosophy and goals. I like every one of the models they have come up with. This company is worthy of attention in my book. I'm actually planning on picking up one of these bikes here in the near future. Of course I'll keep my beloved Harley, but one bike isn't enough. Best of all, Made in the U.S.A.
Check them out here: http://www.brassballsbobbers.com/new/bikes.aspx
"AmericansWorking.com" (www.americansworking.com) has compiled a list of motorcycle companies worthy of "Made In America" title. Look at the HD section...I think it says enough. Just in case you are interested in the bikes that are still "Made In The U.S.A.", I have compiled the list that I found on the "Americans Working" site...just for the sake of kickin' some knowledge. Here they are;
Big Dog Motorcycles, LLC, started production in 1994 and has since built nearly 25,000 motorcycles, becoming the world’s largest manufacturer of custom motorcycles. The company’s entire line of five motorcycles uses a V-twin 117 cubic inch engine (either carbureted or fuel injected), 6-speed transmission, stretch one-piece steel tank, right side drive, super fat tires, chrome components, steel fenders, and an extensive variety of custom paint colors and graphics. The company’s motorcycles are distributed through 100 dealers throughout the United States. Designing, manufacturing, and distributing are performed at the company’s 175,000 square-foot world headquarters in Wichita, Kansas. DealerNews, a major industry publication recently ranked Big Dog Motorcycles the Number One American V-twin motorcycle manufacturer.
The Fischer MRX Exotic styling meets American quality to give you something unique, something special. The beautiful lines will captivate you and the ultra-rigid, perfectly sprung chassis will give you a riding experience like no other. From the first ride you will appreciate this American masterpiece and its global technology. The Fischer MRX. A passion for speed, a passion for technology, and - most importantly- a commitment to quality and reliability.
Harley Davidson Please investigate Harley and decide on your own. We receive many emails about Harley of which most of them want us to remove them however we have also received mail from ardent fans of HD. So please check them out and decide. V.D.'S COMMENT: (TAKE THEM OFF THIS LIST...YOU ARE BEING BLACKMAILED BY "FANS" AND ARE ALLOWING THEM TO CONTINUE TO LIVE IN IGNORANCE. I OWN A HARLEY AND LOVE IT, BUT TRUTH IS TRUTH...LET'S CUT THE BULLSHIT. )
Sucker Punch Sally’s continues to stay true to their traditional biker values by providing the best stripped-down bobbers and choppers at the most reasonable prices. The old school no-nonsense style of bikes that started Sucker Punch Sally’s are the bikes they still build today, only now with the convenience of modern manufacturing practices. The Traditional and the 66 Bobber both received industry awards for 2007 and are the two models that the company was founded on. They have the capacity to build 100 bikes a month at their manufacturing facility in Scottsdale, AZ, including the widely anticipated Swinger. Their model line has been built up to six different models, with the additions of the stealthy Slim and the retro-styled Hot Rod. Sucker Punch Sally’s continuously growing dealer network throughout the U.S. showcases the wide variety of bikes they have available, all of which exude SPS style.
Saxon Motorcycle Company American Made Motorcycles from Saxon Motorcycle Company
Victory The New American Motorcycle The Corporate Headquarters are located in Medina, Minnesota USA.Roseau, Minnesota is the original birthplace of Polaris, and currently houses design and manufacturing of Polaris Snowmobiles, ATV’s and the Polaris RANGER. Osceola, Wisconsin is where many Polaris parts are manufactured and also home to the Victory Motorcycle Engineering Department. Spirit Lake, Iowa is home to the manufacturing of ATV’s, RANGER, and Victory Motorcycles.
Love HD for what it is now. Harley riders need to stop looking like a bunch of uninformed dumb asses, who argue that they bought a Harley because it is made in America. I bought a Harley because I loved the way it looked, and it only took 20 seconds to test ride and my mind was made up right there and then. I also bought the bike because, to me it's just plain bad-ass...sorry, I love my kind of bad-ass. "I know what I like, and I like what I know."
oh yeah....I'm guilty of claiming HD made in the U.S.A. at one time because I didn't know any better...don't be a Dave.