Harley Davidson has seen a significant decrease in demand for sidecars since their Tri-Glide models got rolling, so they’ve decided to exit the sidecar business. This is a pretty big move since sidecars have been a part of Harley Davidson since, well, … almost forever. It’s another move in the company’s efforts to concentrate on their core business which is pretty much down to the basics now. How much more can be tossed overboard in their efforts to keep the company afloat without losing what Harley Davidson represents? I figure there’s potentially one more cut left if things get really tight, let’s hope things get rolling so this is the last one.
Harley Davidson press release:
As a result of the decline in retail demand for Harley-Davidson sidecars, which accelerated following the introduction of the Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide family of trikes, Harley-Davidson has made the decision to exit the sidecar business. The Company will end sidecar production upon completion of remaining 2011 model year orders. Effective immediately, no new sidecar orders will be taken.
Harley-Davidson is committed to continued support of its dealer network and customer support for sidecar owners and will support current customers by continuing to honor warranty repairs and supply service parts and technical support. The sidecar was first made available to Harley-Davidson customers in 1914 and will remain a proud part of the Company’s history.