Got a email from the dealer saying Harley is slowing down production. Not sure if that's true or just a ploy to get people to hurry an buy a new bike. I know a while back there was a waiting list to get a new bike.
I love my Harley. Haven't seen a Victory or Indian I would want but I hope both of them stay in business. As THE ROAD said competition is healthy. HD needs the pressure of competitors nipping at their heels so they don't take us for granted.I believe that Indian / Victory sales will make a difference . Nothing like good ole American competition . Its what made our nation great
Or, all the recent talk among consumers about the issues the new harleys are having with their electronics coupled with the dealerships telling people that issues like "leaks" are normal is starting to push people back towards the metric bikes.In the manufacturing world you must continue to monitor supply and demand through the market as well as your distribution channel. What HD is doing is simply adjusting their output based on the facts and data. You can read whatever you want when this happens but the fact remains the same, HD is a very viable company and strategically directing itself to continue as such. The changes you see with the type of bikes produced etc is a direct result of demographics and buying behavior. Everything changes and manufacturers need to change with it.
Posted in another thread, but if you're interested in the details see attached. Then Polaris reported a few days later that Victory/Indian sales are up 40%.
Don't misunderstand, not saying Harley is dead and Polaris is taking over. Just pointing out that Harley stated in the doc I had attached that they were hurt by aggressive discounting by competitors, and there could be a connection.
KB, great document and based on my experience in the manufacturing industry, very insightful and imformative. HD is not making excuses just recognizing the many conditions that affect sales. What's always missing in these conversations and comparisons is actual net profit. That is the key indicator to success. You also have to remember the millions of dollars a company reinvest in their operations that also affect the bottom line. For me HD is alive and well and has not lasted in business for over 100 years on their good looks. Long live the this American "ICON".Don't misunderstand, not saying Harley is dead and Polaris is taking over. Just pointing out that Harley stated in the doc I had attached that they were hurt by aggressive discounting by competitors, and there could be a connection.
You make a good point, though. You can't compare percentage increases or decreases across companies, only actual numbers would matter. I don't recall seeing Polaris' actuals, just percentages. Interesting that they were not hurt by exchange rates or weather or any of the other excuses HD gave, though.