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Old 01-22-2007, 08:29 AM   #1
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Sales in Europe up 31.2% for the quarter.



Dang and here I was told that Euros weren't into the whole Americana Biker image. They just want practical standards and sportbikes.



Those Canadians are crazy for HOGS too!
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Old 01-22-2007, 08:40 AM   #2
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Harley finally got the war-like propaganda machine in full swing in Europe, the likes of which haven't been seen since J Goebbles and the crew ruled Nazi Germany, and now the evil corporate monster that is The Motor Compay will force all those that have resisted buying a Harley for all these years to purchase one. It's a plot to take over the world. Der Harley liebenstraum!
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Old 01-22-2007, 08:42 AM   #3
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Next thing you know they'll be donating money to Euro orphanages the scoundrels!
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Old 01-22-2007, 08:42 AM   #4
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I'm sure marketing there own line of beef jerky helped to promote higher sales in there bike line. lol.
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Old 01-22-2007, 08:48 AM   #5
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If it did you can bet the Japanese would be flooding the market with Kobe beef jerky.
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Old 01-22-2007, 08:51 AM   #6
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Well, it stands to reason. Since we are moving into a brave new world where motorcycles will have horsepower limits and a plethora of new safety regulations one may as well buy a motorcycle that doesn't depreciate like a Yugo. Since the Europeans are all so much smarter than Americans they are leading the way into the glorious fatality-free future through Sportster ownership. All those who are vitally concerned about the safety of motorcyclists must welcome this new wave of ownership of motorcycles of 60hp or less. Horsepwer limits are just another step towards Total SafetyTM. Horsepwoer limits are part of a Complete Safety Regualtory Package that includes mandated helmets, tiered licensing, mandatory training, mandatory full gear and frequent retesting and safety inspections.
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Old 01-22-2007, 08:51 AM   #7
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No matter how overweight, underpowered and boring I think Harley Davidson motorcycles are... I gotta hand it to them, for the last 20-some odd years their management team (and the rank-and-file) have been relentless in improving the company.



The fit, finish and build quality on their bikes is excellent, they know what their customers want and they've done a good job of leveraging the brand and creating new revenue streams with all the accessory crap. I guarantee that all other bike manufacturers (except maybe Honda) are watching enviously and would dearly love to emulate their success.



I only wish they made bikes for people who weren't fat and old...



but then that's what Buell is for, isn't it?
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Old 01-22-2007, 08:52 AM   #8
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If their jerky is as good as their beer or whiskey I think I'll pass.
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Old 01-22-2007, 09:20 AM   #9
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There is always a peak before a bust. Interesting how folks read what they want to from these things.. Some folks say hey look at the increase European and Canadian sales. A counter would be will 30% of 100 bikes is 30.. So they sold 130 bikes in Finland.. Woopie doo..

Now the weak dollar is going to help Harley internationally. But eventually demographics will hit there as well..



A more telling number to me is that domestic sales were only up 0.3 % in the last quarter. Also, the note that the heavy weight cruiser market is declining..



Also one would expect a more dramatic increase in sales given the number of new models HD put out... rather because of the new bigger engine. But that didn't happen..



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It's kind of tough to f*ck up jerkey.
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