Shanghai Harley Davidson Dealer
Harley-Davidson got its second dealership in China, in the exotic and sinful city of Shanghai. Being that it was the second dealership, it...
Being that it was the second dealership, it perhaps raises questions that the MoCo is doing pretty well in the land of egg rolls and broccoli-beef.
But I tend to doubt that there's any success in motorcycle sales. Rather, it's in accessories.
According to Shanghai Daily, it's pretty tough for locals to get a large-displacement motorcycle registered, let alone utilized within in city limits...
Motorcycles, especially those with big engines, face a lot of riding restrictions that prevent them from major roads and highways in many Chinese cities. Shanghai banned registration of private motorcycles in 2002.But that shouldn't stop people from buying up Harley-branded rice bowls, chopsticks with flame decals, and chromed out Buddha statues.
The Harley-Davison motorcycles, popularly known as Harleys, sold in Shanghai are only allowed to ride outside the city's Outer Ring Road and owners have to register their bikes in Beijing, Gerry Wan, general manager of Shanghai Harley-Davidson, said.
My guess is that's where the money lies, and what justifies this second dealership.
The Harley mystique, however, will last for only so long. The company will have to convince the Communist government to allow its symbol of American power and freedom run all over the Red country.
I'll be impressed if Milwaukee can make that happen.