As mentioned here recently, Harley Davidson is opening another dealership in China even though sales are not exactly booming, in fact, they’re hardly selling any at all. Some U.S. senators, from Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York and Missouri, the states where HD has a presence, are asking the U.S. to put pressure on China to relax restrictions so more Chinese bikers will be riding the big Hogs.
“The Chinese market should be a hog heaven for U.S. motorcycle companies, but China’s unfair trade practices are slamming the brakes on Harley sales,” Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, said in a statement ahead of high-level U.S.-China talks next week in Beijing.
“Fair trade must be a two-way street,” said Sen. Robert Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat. “China’s roadblock to Harley- Davidson is unacceptable. There will always be a demand for a classic like Harley-Davidson motorcycles, but artificial barriers are threatening U.S. jobs.”
Unfortunately, riding outside the cities in China is something best suited to a dual sport bike, not a Softail, but it’s in the cities where China has placed restrictions on riding the big bikes so Harleys have nowhere to go.
Companies keep trying to sell in China, China keeps putting up restrictions and it’s not likely to change any time soon no matter what these senators say. I understand why Harley wants to expand their market to increase sales but I have a hunch China isn’t the answer.