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Old 01-02-2013, 06:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was talkin' to a fellow the other day and he stated that his Victory was the only bike 100% made in the US. I looked into this and found out that this was once true. Harley is 50% import. But there is no Made in the US bikes anymore. Victory has sold out also! I don't know what the % is. American labor is expencive.
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Polaris moved their manufacturing plant to Mexico after they purchased Victory. Harley parts have been outsourced to foreign countries for years.
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Hmmmmm.....

I didn't notice any big changes this summer at the Victory factory in Spirit Lake Iowa.

I was there for "Victory Days" and it sure looked like the had a ton of crated new bikes come out the back of the factory.
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You are correct sir. After further research they moved their Polaris snowmobile division to Mexico and kept the Iowa plant open for Victory bikes.
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To put this in it's proper perspective. No bike is entirely made in the US. They are assembled in the US. Electronic ignition for Victory comes from England, handlebars and chrome parts from China, rims from Germany, and tires from who knows where. The engines are built in the US and the bike is assembled in the US.
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Nothing is american made even babies are assembled using foreign parts.
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American labor is expencive.
I suppose more ought to be willing to work for way less. The problem is that the city won't allow me to live under a bridge anymore. The actual problem is that it isn't the wages are expensive, it's that the desire for greater profits is up. Most companies don't outsource their labor to survive, but to increase stockholders returns.

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I suppose more ought to be willing to work for way less. The problem is that the city won't allow me to live under a bridge anymore. The actual problem is that it isn't the wages are expensive, it's that the desire for greater profits is up. Most companies don't outsource their labor to survive, but to increase stockholders returns.
You got a point there.
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To put this in it's proper perspective. No bike is entirely made in the US. They are assembled in the US. Electronic ignition for Victory comes from England, handlebars and chrome parts from China, rims from Germany, and tires from who knows where. The engines are built in the US and the bike is assembled in the US.
OMG! Hopefully the Brits have improved their electronics over the years. Anyone who owned a British made bike or car built in the 60's and 70's will cringe to think of reliability of their electrical systems.

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