US President Trump has threatened the iconic motorcycle company Harley-Davidson with severe taxes and predicted a public revolt that he said would eventually put the 115-year-old firm out of business, blasting the Wisconsin company for a plan to move some operations outside the United States.
Harley-Davidson had long planned to open a new plant in Thailand, a decision that predated the trade war between Trump and the leaders of a number of other countries. But the firm said It was shifting more production overseas specifically to blunt the impact of the tariffs imposed by Europe.
The leading American leisure motorcycle manufacturer is rolling out 18 of its latest Model Year 2018 motorcycles in Thailand. They comprise of three CVO™s, twelve Softails as well as a Road King™ Special, Street Glide™ Special and a Road Glide™ Special. To celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary, the motor company is launching a complete custom revolution: Twelve all-new Softail™ models that are totally reinvented. They feature a reinvented frame built to harness the massive power of the Milwaukee-Eight™ 107 and 114 engines.
This is where authentic heritage and custom soul meet modern edge and technology. Mr. Thanabodee Kulthol (Mark), Market Operations Lead for Harley–Davidson Thailand, added: “18 new models of Harley–Davidson 2018 motorcycles are the first lot of 100 models that Harley–Davidson is introducing to the market. Harley-Davidson® takes the wildly popular Road King™ Special, Street Glide™ Special and Road Glide™ Special in a new design direction for 2018, swapping chrome for black. Powered by the muscular Milwaukee-Eight™ 107 V-Twin (1745cc) engine it provides quick throttle response, and combined with the all-new dual bending valve front suspension and easily adjustable emulsion rear shocks, it delivers responsive handling like no other.
The three new hot rod baggers take the base level models and elevate them with a current custom styling statement that is sinister in design and dark in its finishes. They let you pass faster, stop quicker, take curves tighter, and see and be seen better. Paul James, Manager of Product Portfolio, Harley- Davidson® said, “Our new custom baggers are the most aggressive, on-trend touring bikes in the market and our owners love to roll up to their favorite hangouts and show off. But we also know it’s important for them to be able to hit the open road in comfort and style.
These new hot rod baggers are the epitome of capable touring bikes that look cool, and ride better than ever.” Dave Foley, Vice President of Product Planning and Portfolio Management, Harley-Davidson® Motor Company said, “Our new touring motorcycles will be some of our most sought-after bikes in 2018. For CVO™, we’ve rebooted the styling tone of the overall lineup and added some exclusive performance enhancements. The level of fit, finish and performance has never been higher, and owners will appreciate the intricate details like the new color trim on the rocker box lowers that marks the CVO™ engine’s exclusivity”.
These new models reflect our design philosophy. Everything we do, every technology we invent and every motorcycle we reinvented, must increase the feeling for you, the rider. For twelve all–new Softails™, we have totally reinvented frame with modern and refined Milwaukee–Eight™ V–Twin engine, which results in lighter weight, increase in agility and speed, and smoother rides. Each model was reinvented to suit with different kinds of riders.