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Old 03-16-2010, 10:04 AM   #1
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Default Harley Davidson takeover rumor

Harley-Davidson Takeover: shares spike as KKR becomes rumored buyer - Hell For Leather

Wonder what their intentions are. I assume not good.
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:20 AM   #2
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Mebbe they'll do to Harley what Harley did to Buell? (all in the interest of Stock price, of course)
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It infuriates me (not really, but it is annoying) to think that HD managed to go from the darling of Wall Street and 20 years of people waiting in line to buy their product at inflated prices to this mess. They must have spent every dime they made on bonuses.

Their stockholders should sue the Board of Directors for damages.
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:10 AM   #4
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The "dying brand" crap is starting again. (eyes rolling).
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Old 03-16-2010, 12:27 PM   #5
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Funny reading the comments, "the last time this happened was when AMF bought them out" " ten years of oil dripping junk" ...blah blah blah....yadda yadda yadda ....I must have got dam* lucky with my AMF bikes because they ran just fine.

This can go three ways:
1. Just more BS nothing happens, market continues to struggle with struggling economy
2. They get bought out, picked to the bone and sold
3. They get bought out, improvements are made, business as usual..

Anyway it falls there's enough used HD's out there to keep me and anyone who wants one in bikes for my foreseeable riding career, there's enough aftermarket support that you can build one from the ground up if you have to and anyway HD's have the srongest cult following this side of Sun Young Moon, who gives a sh*t if the factory goes tits up?
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This can go three ways:
1. Just more BS nothing happens, market continues to struggle with struggling economy
2. They get bought out, picked to the bone and sold
3. They get bought out, improvements are made, business as usual..
Option 1 and 3 consist of 99.9% of the possible future. From a marketing stand point I do not see option 2 happening. It is nearly impossible for it to happen.

Look at the Indian brand. It continues to be revived (successfully is another matter).
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Option 1 and 3 consist of 99.9% of the possible future. From a marketing stand point I do not see option 2 happening. It is nearly impossible for it to happen.

Look at the Indian brand. It continues to be revived (successfully is another matter).
Only mindless haters and idiots without forethought think the HD is going to be shut down. Look at what a cash cow it was for almost three decades. So it's having a tough time now. So what? Anyone with half a lick of sense knows that eventually things will recover... Democrats will be out and business will be profitable again. HD will rise again. Heck, even with sales down 50% they still sell more large displacement bikes in North America than the Big 4 combined.

A lot of people WISH HD is going to fail. And they've been predicting it for 50 years. Don't take their financial advice please. They probably believe that wind power is going to create millions of high paying jobs too.
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They probably believe that wind power is going to create millions of high paying jobs too.
It will!

Only, not in the United States........

(though your taxes will pay for those jobs, to be sure)
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"They must have spent every dime they made on bonuses."

Nah. They pi$$ed away plenty buying a company that made sportbikes.
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"...who gives a sh*t if the factory goes tits up?"

Really. Why would I care about the business end of things? I just want to ride. If they die, oh well. I can make hundreds of them from spare parts laying around in basements. I got a Buell and they are already dead. Doesn't make me enjoy it one bit less.
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