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Harley Davidson rides on a fast lane with Indiabuilt bike

There are 80 comments on the Hindustan Times story from May 11, 2014, titled Harley Davidson rides on a fast lane with Indiabuilt bike. In it, Hindustan Times reports that:

Iconic cult bike maker Harley-Davidson has hit the sweet spot with its model 'Street 750', that is built in India, accounting for nearly 60% of its April sales in the country within the first month of starting deliveries.

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twowheeler63

Overland Park, KS

#62 May 12, 2014
Brown wrote:
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Yes it is. By Polaris
No, it's not. Indians manufacturing in the US ended in the 50s. This is not the same company.
Talk to owners of original Indians, they'll tell you the new one may as well be made in Siberia, it's not an Indian.
Polaris however, does build its Victory bike in the US.
twowheeler63

Overland Park, KS

#63 May 12, 2014
Harley owner wrote:
Harley Davidson, I am so upset, Americans need the jobs and we need our pride back! I may sell or trade in my Harleys for Indian bikes!
Certainly you don't believe that the new age Indian badged motorcycles are any more made in USA, than Harleys are.
Lone-Rider

Ridgecrest, CA

#64 May 12, 2014
When Harley builds something I like, then I'll buy it. Harley, Victory, & Indian all want to sell you some big overwieght V-twin. I am not interested, AT ANY PRICE. Thier new 500/750 is just more of the same in a smaller package. This bike may be a success. We will know in a year or two, won't we ?
batman

Boston, MA

#65 May 12, 2014
Tank wrote:
my Honda has more American parts on it that any Harley
Why? Did you put a bunch of Harley parts on it?
kando

Los Gatos, CA

#66 May 12, 2014
Stop whining all you HOG ownsers, finally a decent looking replacement for a beginners Harley. Smart move I bet 85% will trade up to a USA made model in a year or two.
Fred

Colby, KS

#67 May 12, 2014
lmao,harleys suck
Lone-Rider

Ridgecrest, CA

#68 May 12, 2014
You Harley guys have WAY too many "issues",(my bike is made here, your bike is made over there. You are not a real American if you don't ride what I do). OH PLEASE...How old are you ? Grow up !!!
Faux Stock

United States

#69 May 12, 2014
Ever been to the NHRA drag races ? The Vance and Hines V Rod is a hand built bike that contains not a single Harley Davidson part but has Harley Davidson painted on the fake gas tank. The only OEM part you will find on the Vance&Hines Faux Stock drag bike is a clutch from an old 1980's GS1000/1100 Suzuki. Doesn't this really mean it is a Suzuki if the only OEM part on the bike is a Suzuki clutch ? Just like the made in the USA tag you find on every Harley the V Rod Pro Stock bike is a fake.So all you Harleys riders keep living in your fantasy world and wearing your Sons of Anarchy T Shirts,people who can read no better
Leo

Cleveland, OH

#70 May 12, 2014
Anyone who believes that Harley Davidson should handcuff itself to the US market only and not be a global competitor should go back to the shop they are making buggy whips in and lock the door. I have been riding Harleys since 1975 and love them. But the world is changing. Remember, the profits from the bike manufactured in India come back to Milwaukee and help keep HOG listed on the NYSE. And by the way, Harley for years has been buying front ends built in Japan an parts made in Mexico by US manufacturers. I work on my bikes and there are as many 10mm bolts on them as there are 1/2".
Dj Glide

Akron, OH

#71 May 12, 2014
Buy American wrote:
I believe it was Honda that was once sued by Harley over a "sound" infringement who then filed their own lawsuit against Harley and forced them to remove the "made in America" and change to "assembled in America."
Harleys Engines and about 80% of components are manufactured in China with the exception of the front forks which are Japanese.
Victory, who also owns Indian, builds and assembles their motors right here in the good old USA. Some wire harnesses are imports and their front forks are Italian, but Victory/Indian are way more american than Harley in that catagory
Victory is made by Polaris, they make snow mobiles and 4 wheelers...
jon

Spring Valley, CA

#72 May 12, 2014
Tim wrote:
Get your facts before you bash Harley. These are mainly built to satisfy a need for Harley's Rider Academy (formerly Riders Edge), which is rider training for new riders. After Harley got rid of Buell they needed a 500cc or lower bike to satisfy MSF, so they have made these. Yes they are making a 750cc to encourage young riders to come to Harley instead of one of the imports. And why not sell in a country that has sales in the millions of units, it's just good business. Only the bikes sold in India are produced there, the bikes that will be sold in the states are made in Kansas. These bikes aren't meant for seasoned riders, and Harley isn't planning on changing our classics, to much :) As far as Indian goes, I hope they do well, but they won't replace Harley as the best built American Motorcycle.
Tim news flash go ride the new Indian and you will find out they already have surpassed Harley
vigilante640

Sierra Vista, AZ

#73 May 12, 2014
I don't know where this information comes from, but it is printed with half truths. The Harley Street 500 and Street 750 build in India is for OVERSEAS USE only. The Street 500 and Street 750 for U.S. sales is built in Kansas City - look it up and so some research before opening your mouths and engaging your brain about something you obviously kn ow nothing about!
vigilante640

Sierra Vista, AZ

#74 May 12, 2014
twowheeler63 wrote:
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Certainly you don't believe that the new age Indian badged motorcycles are any more made in USA, than Harleys are.
Actually, jughead, Indians are in fact made in the US! They are made in Iowa, same place that Polaris makes the Victory line up! Check it out and learn!
vigilante640

Sierra Vista, AZ

#75 May 12, 2014
Fred wrote:
lmao,harleys suck
You know what the say - opinions are like butt-holes - everyone has one!
wld

Dixon, MO

#76 May 12, 2014
I'm not sure this article is correct I heard the ones built in India were being shipped to countries abroad. The ones being sold here were to be made here. The Street 750 and the 950.
twowheeler63

Overland Park, KS

#77 May 13, 2014
vigilante640 wrote:
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Actually, jughead, Indians are in fact made in the US! They are made in Iowa, same place that Polaris makes the Victory line up! Check it out and learn!
Really?!! You say Harleys are "assembled in America", but (faux) Indians a "made" here. Maybe, you better do some research.

The electronics are not from Iowa, and the engines are not proprietary, they are a copy of the Xwedge from S&S. Ever since someone decided to reuse the Indian name, just to make a dollar, the engines have been copies of someone elses. Mainly Harley Davidson.

And, before you start touting how much better they are, you need to find one that has some mileage on it. I'm on many Vtwin forums, and so far, no one has spoken up that has over 5-6K miles on one.

I have a 2001 HD Road King, with 136,000 trouble free miles. Yes, it's getting a little tired, but it still pulls my 500lb popup camper anywhere I need it to go.

Harley haters, will always be just that, haters. If you don't like them, stay away from them, but don't berate them without first hand knowledge. A friend of a cousins wifes sister, is not good sound comparision information.

And, for those that think HDs are priced too high, you better check out all the others before you mouth off. Compare like motorcycles, and you'll see very little difference. Go to your local Victory or Indian dealer, if you can find one.

I'm not advocating everyone should ride a Harley, because they should not. Some people don't belong on one, even some that already own them.
Juggsx

United States

#78 May 13, 2014
vigilante640 wrote:
I don't know where this information comes from, but it is printed with half truths. The Harley Street 500 and Street 750 build in India is for OVERSEAS USE only. The Street 500 and Street 750 for U.S. sales is built in Kansas City - look it up and so some research before opening your mouths and engaging your brain about something you obviously kn ow nothing about!
Made in America with American made parts is not the same as assembled in America with parts made in India,China and Japan. Even your Sons of Anarchy t shirt is made in China.
twowheeler63

Overland Park, KS

#79 May 13, 2014
Just for the record, there is not a motorcycle made, that has every one of its components, made in its country of origin.
Yet, HD opponents still think BMWs are made in Germany, Hondas/Japan and so on.

All these forums do is allow opposing views to attack one another, anonymously.
Made in Turdistan

United States

#80 May 13, 2014
The International Trade Commission says 50% of a product can be of non USA manufacture and still be labeled made in the USA. Nothing is made in America any more.
Sterkfontein Swartkrans

Pennington, NJ

#81 May 13, 2014
I know this is off topic but has anyone been redirected to a fake Java update site? I have been redirected to this page on three topix threads. If it happens to you restart your computer so you don't get infected with malware! No surprise that topix is allowing this to happen!

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