Harley-Davidson has found a new partner in China as it ramps up efforts to sell more motorcycles abroad.The tariff war with the EU is hurting them, so I can see how they might look for a non-US manufacturing facility. I can also see how they would want a lower cost, smaller bike than the typical hog (which generally starts at nearly 1000 cc's and goes up to almost double that. This makes their bikes expensive, and so they are crowded out of the emerging markets.
The company said Wednesday that it’s teaming up with Qianjiang Motorcycle Company to make a small motorcycle that will go on sale in the country next year. Qianjiang is a subsidiary of Geely, which owns Volvo and has a joint venture to assemble cars in China with Mercedes Benz parent company Daimler.
But so much of their brand is caught up in the idea of Milwaukee Iron that I hope they introduce a different brand for these motorcycles. East is East, and West is West, and all that.