Harley CEO says company would still prefer to stay in York
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“The Horse Stops Here”
Since: May 08
#1 Oct 15, 2009
Murfreesboro, Tenn here they come.
#2 Oct 15, 2009
your a dumb ass
#3 Oct 15, 2009
PA here we stay.
#4 Oct 15, 2009
Close the York plant ASAP Merry X-Mas to the union bums.
#5 Oct 15, 2009
Harley would LOVE to stay in York... This way they can continue to whine & yank the chains of "the powers that be" & GET WHAT THEY WANT... they know other places wont put up with their bull crap demands!!! Leave ALREADY!!!
#6 Oct 15, 2009
You are right... Unions are the problem with bring down many of these great American companies and forcing them overseas!! Greedy bastards that think they are valued more than others.
#7 Oct 15, 2009
how did the unions get so powerful? did they kidnap the ceos kids? hold a gun to his head?
#8 Oct 16, 2009
Sure, Harley will tell you anything you want to hear till the township and union refuse to grab
their ankles. If they don't, you'll see the other side of Harley. Book It.
This Is about how bad do you really want us ? He
who will pony up the most perks will win the prize.
#9 Oct 16, 2009
"Our hope and desire is that we will be able to stay in York because of the minimization of that disruption, but we can only stay there if we have a plant and a facility that is sustainable for the long-term health of this business."
Read between the lines, the Spin Doctors are at work.
PS - Those who think H-D can't leave because they spent $100 Million+ on a new factory here, need to re-read that line about how they lost $109 Million in 1 year buying MV Agusta and now dumping it. Obviously not a big deal wasting $100 Million+.
#11 Oct 16, 2009
...would love to stay, BUT...???????
Sounds like he's posturing to say that they really wanted to stay, but 'due to circumstances beyond their control' they they could not.
#13 Oct 22, 2009
Stick a fork in 'em,'cuz they's done! If you want to see a businessman
down in the dumps, check-out Eric's farewell to Harley. But whatever
happened to the saying, "There's no crying in MOTORCYCLING?"
Who do you blame? How about the Harley dealers for not supporting
Buells for the most part (notable exception: Glendale H-D/Buell).
How about Buell's and Harley's business plan that apparently would
not allow Buell bikes to be carried as a stand-alone brand so that
a multi-line dealership could sell them. How about Eric himself
so steadfastly convinced he knew how to build a better machine,
that facts and logic dictating otherwise were continually ignored.
Notice how BMW's newest sport-bike is basically a Teutonic version
of proven Japanese designs. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Eric
apparently thought if you can't beat 'em, make-up your own game.
And his speech about how his bike won the poorly-conceived
Daytona Sport-Bike championship mentions they defeated "MUCH
LARGER JAPANESE COMPANIES"...yes, with bikes that had much
SMALLER engines, thanks to the jingoistic, heavily-biased rules.
And take a look at a full-line Buell brochure. You see Rotax mentioned
as powering the 1125CR, but nowhere do you see Harley as the
name mentioned powering the air-cooled Buells. What's a matter,
Milwaukee, you, too even ashamed to be associated with Buell brand?
I'll admit, I thought a Harley engine in a sport-bike was a "best of
both worlds" kinda' thing, but reality said otherwise.
I just feel sorry for anyone who bought an 1125CR for the short-term.
Yeah, eventually they may be great collector-investment bikes, but for
the foreseeable future, trying to get parts and service for a model made
for only 2 years...well, uh...good luck with that.
So long, Eric, and hey, at least YOU weren't crushed into a 3X3X3
block like you symbollically did for your Blast, so it coulda' been worse!
Hmm...THIS JUST IN! A group may be trying to keep Buell alive. Hey,
somebody, call Roger Penske. He ALMOST bought Saturn!
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