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...

Harley-Davidson got its second dealership in China, in the exotic and sinful city of Shanghai.

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.

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.
But that shouldn't stop people from buying up Harley-branded rice bowls, chopsticks with flame decals, and chromed out Buddha statues.

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.

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  1. I hope Harley-Davidson is successful in making a lot of bike sales in China. It would be nice to sell something American to China for a change. As far as the Harley rice bowls and chop sticks, hmm, their probably made in China anyway, so no gain there on the trade deficit!

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  2. While the rice bowls are made in China, Harley earns a licensing fee on every item that carries its logo.

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  3. I am leaving for Shanghai next month for a business trip - want to find the new Shanghai Harley-Davidson Shop but I'm American and can not make heads or tails out of the street maps to figure out where it is. Anyone have an idea of the location in Shanghai?

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  4. hmm nice
    i'm in shanghai now as allways my 50 time here....
    its time to buy a bike..
    where can i found prices?

    but what if???
    what if i like to buy a bike and use it in china? should i made all the driving license as the chinese rules?
    what for the law- that limit cc motor- to 400 only in china???
    if i like to buy- what u have in stock?
    i look for sportster as i have in isael 1200 cc . so give your advices to: hhi.com@gmail.com

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  5. I made the visit to Shanghai's Harley Davidson dealership and didn't regret it at all. A cheap taxi ride from the bund and I was in heaven. This is as good or better than the Beijing shop. There is a need to get some HOG t-shirts in stock however. Ride-on brothers. Frank, Canada

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  6. I AM SO EXCITED THAT CHINA HAS A HARLEY DAVIDSON DEALER AND I HOPE THEY WILL SELL SOME HARLEY'S.

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  7. I am moving to Shanghai, I WANT A HARLEY THERE

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