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Old 01-19-2006, 09:00 AM   #1
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Old 01-19-2006, 09:02 AM   #2
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What HD knows is that the Chinese government promised to guaranty the sale of a minimum number of machines to make the venture just profitable for HD while at the same time demonstrating that they are making an effort to narrow the trade gap with the United States.
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Old 01-19-2006, 09:43 AM   #3
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And they will copy H-D bikes and sell the ripoffs.Hell,they make 90%of the ties in the United States already.I saw a documentary on a place in China called "tie city" and the guy who owns it,can,t even tie a tie!
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Old 01-19-2006, 10:15 AM   #4
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I did not read the linked story but it's my understanding that HD made a deal with a in-land motorcycle manufacturer to build bikes in country. Is that right? If so with all the parts off a standard Harley that are outsourced can you really call it an American motorcycle anymore?
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Old 01-19-2006, 10:50 AM   #5
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So the public there thinks cycles are under powered, dangerous and pump out high emmisions - sounds like they have riden Harleys before - good luck boys.
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Old 01-19-2006, 11:30 AM   #6
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I'd like to see that flathead 750cc Chang Jiang motor in a Buell chassis.



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Old 01-19-2006, 03:19 PM   #7
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Why not, the big corporations have already sent the most up-to-date technology and manufacturing plants to China to take advantage of the cheap labour. With US influence and power on the decline, China is quickly emerging as the new superpower. ItÂ’s utilising all that technology to modernise and re equip its military. Who knows, maybe weÂ’ll see the Red army getting around on V Rod sidecar outfits instead of Chaing Jiang's.(1930's BMW copy).

Ahh, capitalism and communism, what strange bedfellowÂ’s. Now think of the money that could be made if Cuba had as big a market as ChinaNow think of the money that could be made if Cuba had as big a market as China. Oh IÂ’d forgotten, we donÂ’t trade with Cuba because it a communist county. The double standards and intricacies of politics cease to amaze..
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Old 01-19-2006, 03:55 PM   #8
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China's current published population census is about 1.25 BILLION. If 1% of that number, conservatively representing the emerging moneyed "proletariat" management class buys an HD, that's conservatively in excess of 125,000 machines. Smart HD move! A growth market they can't afford to ignore.
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Old 01-19-2006, 07:00 PM   #9
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The low seat height should suit well.
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Old 01-19-2006, 07:38 PM   #10
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So should China's non-existent emissions regulations!
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