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In the wake of the new tariffs imposed by Donald Trump, Harley Davidson has announced it will be shifting some operations overseas. As the company has been struggling to stay afloat as of late, it makes sense for them to make the necessary changes before they are completely priced out of the market due to new taxes. Trump has now indicated that he will be working with other motorcycle companies who have an interest in working inside the U.S. This could very well mean that we'll see a huge spike in foreign bikes from Asia and Europe in the coming months.
 

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I think its pretty ridiculous that so many manufacturers are being expect to shift their production, as Trump claims that he's trying to boost interest in American companies. Not only are they probably going to have to lay off employees, but their new location is probably going to result in longer delivery times and more expensive fees.
 

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Manufactures will be in for a ride because the political landscape in the U.S. is so wild that its not entirely clear if Donald will have a second term. So what's happening with these tariffs could change. Politics aren't the same anymore, nothing like what they used to be.
 

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Fingers crossed that all of this was just to open some lines for negotiations, because at the end of the day its going to be American automakers that suffer. The last thing struggling companies need is a higher cost on production.
 

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America use to be the promise land but at the rate things are going, that may soon expire and in a big way.
It all stated when manufacturing shifted decades ago and unions began to snowflakeify how businesses run with unions.
 

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If moving overseas is what it takes for HD to survive, I'm sure consumers will understand. That being said if the shift to a new manufacturing plant has any impact on quality levels, that could spell disaster for them.
 

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In turn it mean Harley can get back to its roots as a brand. Unfortunately the motorcycle landscape today requires that to move forward.

I'm just glad the Livewire is still very much a cruiser even though its not packing a twin.
 
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