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Harley Davidson, Made in India!

That’s right, Harley Davidson is all set to setup a factory in Haryana next year to assemble its motorcycles in India, in an attempt to bring down the price of its bikes!

By importing its motorcycles through the CKD route, instead of CBU route, which it currently employs, there will be a substantial reduction in the import duty currently being imposed on their bikes, which can then be passed on to consumer, in a bid to shore up demand.

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In a statement issued by Harley Davidson, it’s President and COO., Matthew S. Levatich said, “This investment (to set up a factory) will allow Harley-Davidson to improve our market responsiveness and production flexibility while reducing the tariff burden, which we expect will drive growth over time by making our bikes more accessible to India’s consumers.”

While there is no decision yet on which models are expected to be assembled in India, 70000 square feet of land have been earmarked for the project and investment by the company will be in tune of several million dollars.

Harley Davidson is also planning to expand its dealership network in India by adding one dealer each at Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Kochi.

Hopefully, other motorcycle companies selling imported motorcycles in India would follow Harley Davidson’s steps and make their motorcycles much more affordable, thus increasing the size of premium motorcycle segment in India.

17 Comments

  1. ex harley lover says:

    Harley made in india? Well looks like i will be buying a honda soon. Nice knowing ya harley, its been fun.

  2. I am going to trade my 3 harley bikes with a real Indian motorcycle which is made in the good old USA. I am shame to ride harley.

  3. I dont get it, people in India or any place in that part of the world cant afford Harley and dont have the taste for harley nor the road for harley. They ride Vespa and 50cc bikes.

  4. I wander where is going to be the next Dytona bike week? May be in Newdehli, or Karachi, or maybe in Kalkateh.

  5. HBA and Ex Harley Lover, first of all, the motorcycles which will be assembled here would be for the local consumption and would likely be manufactured in US!

    Secondly, a Harley owner in India has to shell out hell lot more than an American, to own a Harley Davidson eg. 2010 Dyna Street Bob costs a whopping Rs.1,395,000 i.e. US$ 31,457 in India, while it is only US$ 13,000 in US!

    So the way I see it, Americans ought to be thankful to Indians for not only buying their motorcycles and thus creating profit for an American company and jobs in US, rather than try and put it down, without even going through the whole article first!

    Ps. Karachi isn’t in India and I am not even talking about the misspellings of the capital of India and city of joy!

  6. I wanted AMERICAN made bike. Not some third world countries bike. I would rather buy from Mexico or China than India anytime.

  7. You would not find my dead body in the city of joy. All yours. Just give me my American pride back (My HD).

  8. I promiss you one thing, American dont buy Harley anymore. Harley stood for America and the history behind it which you never undestand.

  9. I rather ride a rice burner than bike from India.

  10. What happened, did Obama become a magor stock holder in Harley Davidson recently. The true employees of Harley would not do this they are AMERICAN ALL THE WAY.

  11. LOOKS LIKE I JUST BOUGHT MY LAST HD. JUST BOUGHT A 2011 CVO FLHXSE2 .BOUGHT MY WIFE A 2010 FLHXSE . WE HAVE OWNED 2002 HERITAGE,2006 DELUXE, AND A 2008 STEERT GLIDE .YES I DRIVE ALL AMERICAN MADE CARS, TRUCKS, AND ATVS. I LOVE THE USA AND I THINK IT IS A DISGRACE EVERY TIME WE LOSE JOBS TO OTHERE COUNTRIES .I WILL NOT BUY ANOTHER HD. THANKS FOR THE RIDE WILLE G.MAY HAVE TO START LOOKING AT THE VICTORY .

  12. @ HBA and people supporting him – First of all HD is not manufacturing their bikes here in India, they will be assembling them instead. Secondly, India is the second country after Brazil which will own this facility. Thirdly, Its the lack of education what HBA is yelling out,throwing shit out of your mouth by hypothetically degrading India’s standards is all you can do.. half of your nations population is eating, sitting and getting fat.. Get out of your mum’s womb and see the world with real eyes. Go work hard and save your country. We as a third world country entertained your Respected President we he come to us asking for work and partnership.. just because of few people like you people start feeling differently about the whole community, go get a life HBA… One has more important things to do in life than talking shit.. And yeah we are riding and driving from Bajaj to Bugatti back here.. So stop dreaming LMAO……

  13. First of all Siddharth let me tell you Obama is NOT a Respected President, 2nd there are people here that need work The US is selling its people out. We no longer need pride infact were supposed to feel guilty for what our for fathers fought for. Were not allowed to be proud escpecially if your white, We no should according to some give everything we have away, We owe the world, well get off your lazy ass and create your own world and leave mine alone, If harley wants to sell us out fine its their loss, They have allready created a throw away motor, Their warranty sucks there dealers are self rightous ass holes who I hope go broke. Any bike created after 06 is a piece of crap. Wait till that stroked motor with no bearings on your cams takes a crap.

  14. Charles Roark says:

    How can hd save money by paying a lower tariff.
    It can’t be any lower than it is now.
    If made and sold in the states they pay no tariff.
    Just another group of greedy bastard# getty cheap labor.

  15. im an indian and now that harley is doing business in india, i would defenitely support them by buying a 2012 sportser. always wanted a harley, but never really had any motivation and now i do…so fuck all of u haters

  16. Does this mean that they will not be built here in the US any longer ?

  17. WOW! I’m not even a huge fan of Harley because of how they treated Erik Buell, but I’m going to come to their defense on this one.

    1- Harley motorcycles assembled in India, will be sold in India. (not in the US)

    2- The tariff this article talks about, is the tariff India imposes on products which are brought into India. I.E. Harley motorcycles made and assembled in the US cost more to import (into India) than motorcycles which are assembled in India (with US made parts).

    Please people, Read the WHOLE article before you spout off and make yourself, and the rest of America, look like idiots.

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