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  • commented 6/25/15
  • tags: HOG TM HMC
  • Trefis Team:
    The fact the you do not point out there is finally a legitimate choice in the US Heavyweight market with the entrance of Polaris backed Indian Motorcycles befuddles me. H-D leadership has done little to combat this competition while banking the farm on an India made, overpriced model that cannibalizes Sportster sales (note KC layoffs in Q1) and a PR move with the E-Bike, now knowing it will be years if ever before it comes to market. Meanwhile Polaris continues to grow committing to a state of the art 600,000 sq. ft. facility in AL that will allow them significant on road vehicle capacity increases that is absolutely directed at taking H-D share here and overseas. Lastly, knowing that both Hero Motor Corp. and Royal Enfield, two prominent Indian built brands are coming to N.A. with higher performing and presumed better price points than the HD Street, will only make it more difficult to attract millennial's. With all that said, I would tend to disagree with the title of your piece but only time will tell. [ less... ]
    Trefis Team: The fact the you do not point out there is finally a legitimate choice in the US Heavyweight market with the entrance of Polaris backed Indian Motorcycles befuddles me. H-D leadership has done little to combat this competition while banking the farm on an India made, overpriced model that cannibalizes Sportster sales (note KC layoffs in Q1) and a PR move with the E-Bike, now knowing it will be years if ever before it comes to market. Meanwhile Polaris continues to grow committing to a state of the art 600,000 sq. ft. facility in AL that will allow them significant on road vehicle capacity increases that is absolutely directed at taking H-D share here and overseas. Lastly, knowing that both Hero Motor Corp. and Royal Enfield, two prominent Indian built brands are coming to N.A. with higher performing and presumed better price points than the HD Street, will only make it more difficult to attract millennial's. With all that said, I would tend to disagree with the title of your piece but only time will tell.
    USIron commented 2 years ago
    I think that the spate of recalls is very telling. When building their new disappointment Street models they obviously bid out all the components and picked the lowest bidder. A fuel pump recall means that some cheap Chinese component has bitten them in the backside! Here comes Indian and Victory in the rear view boys!
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