Continuing their overseas expansion, Harley Davidson is now open for business in Taiwan. As with several other countries, Taiwan had a ban on large displacement motorcycles which has since been lifted.
With a soft market in the U.S., opening a few more international dealerships could be good thing. I'm a little curious how the new dealers in other countries have been doing, like the one in Beijing, for instance. Some countries aren't exactly ideal for excursions in a full dress Harley touring bike.
Harley Davidson press release:
Harley-Davidson opened its first dealership in Taiwan on April 20 in the city of Taipei. In the past, Taiwan completely banned all large displacement motorcycles until the Government Affairs department succeeded in getting Taiwan to eliminate its ban and resolve other regulatory issues that allowed Harley-Davidson to finally establish a dealership. And in June 2007, Harley-Davidson appointed Taikoo Motorcycle Ltd. as its designated Taiwan dealer. Ten months later the dealership opened its doors.
"Harley-Davidson enthusiasts in Taiwan have been waiting for an authorized Harley-Davidson dealership to provide them with the complete brand experience and quality support that customers have been experiencing elsewhere throughout the world," said Rod Copes, H-D Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific. "The Taipei dealership is another important step in expanding our sales worldwide."
After speeches given by Harley-Davidson Motor Company representatives, including a video-broadcast speech from Bill Davidson, H-D Vice President, Core Customer Marketing, the grand opening continued into the evening with a live concert for more than 2,000 enthusiasts who gathered to welcome Harley-Davidson to Taiwan.