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post #1 of 16 Old 01-30-2018, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all. Saw this today online. Harley-Davidson stock tanks amid plan to shut down plant


I wanted to see where the XG's were made. Not like this.

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I have seen several stories in the news about the KC assembly plant shutdown. I don't know which models they assemble in KC other than the Streets. It will be interesting to see if Street production moves to York or if H-D ends domestic production of those models. I guess if they move Street production to India that will answer our questions about how have sales been. That would also kill the already terrible resale/trade in prices.

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The KC plant made Streets, the now-discontinued Dyna, the now-discontinued V-Rod, and Sportsters.

So, yes, with most of the product lines they produce being discontinued, and with my GUESS that the Sportsters are going to be all new this upcoming year, you can certainly see why they might consider the KC plant ripe for closure and consolidation with the York plant. York makes Touring, Softail, CVO, and Trike models (so, all the top-dollar expen$ive stuff).

The Street is one of the most important lines to Harley's future, but it hasn't caught on in the US as well as they would have liked. Worldwide, the US accounts for only 2% of the motorcycles sold; the Asia/India area accounts for an astounding 84% of all motorcycles sold. Which explains a whole lot about why they'd establish a Street plant in India. Harley NEEDS a model like the Street to have a prayer of selling anything to the world's largest (and fastest-growing) motorcycle market.

So I don't think the Street is in danger of being discontinued. But will all Streets be made in India after the KC plant shuts down? Seems like a reasonable manufacturing concern.
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...............and Softails @ K.C..

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I am going to see if I can wrangle a Deal on a 1200 Sportster. My local has several 48, Roadster leftovers. Roadster seat is a little high for me.


I have been to the York PA plant twice. Its about a 200 mile round trip for me. On my 750. They don't have much space for Assembly lines. Either the other model production rates are being scaled back. Or, They are adding another line somewhere.

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I'll be a son of a bee...... yep seen it on the news this mornin.....closing the K C plant due to lack of sales...now what? they gonna discontinue makin the streets? and sportsters too? i know a lot of factories opened up down south to get away from the unions, but dam, Harley closin up shop? it aint a good sign, ruined my day and a couple more.. and i was tryin to get a job in there, DAMMIT! say it aint so, willie g! yeah lower pay scale but less expensive cost of livin too... so where do we get replacement parts in about 5 or ten years from now .. no sir, i dont like it

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H-D is also closing a wheel manufacturing plant in Australia.

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Well I ride a XG750, made in India, and at times when I have been to the dealership, there is no visible build difference when I look against the bigger "USA" bikes. Weld quality, paint and general finish all look up to standard to me. Even small things like the saddle stitching compares well.

Compared to my previous "Made in Japan" Kawasaki, the build quality of the XG750 is just as good, maybe better. The Kawasaki did not have a saddle up to the same quality as the H-D.

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One of the articles I read stated that the decision to close the KC plant as opposed to York was that it could be done in a year. Moving production from York to KC would take at least two years.


My guess is that H-D will move all Street production to India, especially if the York plant is already as crowded as TucsonMax says. They may move more production to India as well, thus freeing up the shop time and space now devoted to export products at the York plant. From a manufacturing management point of view that only makes sense.


This would be the perfect opportunity for H-D to retool the Sportster if, as Gaijin guessed, that is in the plans anyway.


My concern, as far as the Street goes, is that a lot of Americans who buy H-D do so because it is made in America. I've read online and experienced firsthand some disdain for the Street series because it's "not American made", even after I or others explain that the North American bikes are built in Kansas City and the export markets are supplied from the plant in India. I suspect that moving all Street production to India would further suppress enthusiasm for the line in the United States. The "made in 'merica" argument probably doesn't matter on the international stage and the bikes don't seem to be selling that well here anyway. Are they selling well in other countries?

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