Dayton Ohio, (WDTN) – Monday afternoon, Harley-Davidson announced some of the motorcycles bound for European markets will now be manufactured there as well, citing a recent tariff imposed by the European Union.
The company said these tariffs could increase the cost of an average motorcycle by $2200, but also released this statement, “Harley Davidson will not raise its manufacturer’s suggested retail prices or wholesale prices to its dealers to cover the costs of the retaliatory tariffs.
To address the substantial cost of this tariff long-term, Harley-Davidson will be implementing a plan to shift production of motorcycles for EU destinations from the U.S. to its international facilities to avoid the tariff burden.”
President Trump tweeted criticizing the company’s decision, and here locally, one Harley-Davidson enthusiast said while he does not blame the company if moving makes more sense financially, he is still disappointed with the decision.
“Because it is the United States, you know one of the manufacturers that you thought would never move out of the country,” said Bruce Miller. “You know, I just can’t believe it. I’ve been to all of the factories and all of that and something tells me that they’re going to move them all over there and that’s going to be the end of them.”
But said he will remain loyal to the company.
“There’s nothing like a Harley,” said Miller. “I mean I don’t care where it’s made or manufactured, as far as I’m considered there’s nothing like a Harley.”
2NEWS has contacted multiple local Harley-Davidson shops who said they are awaiting more information from the corporate level before they can disclose more.