Is the Honda Harley Merger Really Happening?

At first, I thought it was just another prank, when I heard that Honda will be buying a majority stake in Harley-Davidson. Then I noticed ...

At first, I thought it was just another prank, when I heard that Honda will be buying a majority stake in Harley-Davidson.

Then I noticed the headlines were coming from Forbes, Reuters, and Associated Press, three very well respected news sources.

And then, I read the articles that said it was a rumor.

So, is Honda really going to buy out Harley-Davidson?

No one knows right now. The articles say that neither Harley nor Honda is willing to discredit the rumor. However, experts all agreee that such a merger would never get the blessing from Washington DC because it would create a near monopoly on heavyweight motorcycles.

Under the supposed rumor, Honda would control 60% of Harley.

Here are links to some articles, you decide...

Associated Press
http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070622/harley_davidson_mover.html?.v=1

Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/markets/2007/06/22/harley-davidson-honda-markets-equity-cx_er_0622markets19.html?partner=rss

Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/mergersNews/idUSN2248287920070622

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  1. I see no reason why DC would have a problem. Honda and harley may be the two biggest motorcycle manufacturers, but together, they're FAR from a monopoly. Suzuki and Yamaha are pretty big competitors in the cruiser market, and as of right now, it's arguable that their motorcycles are technicalogically better than harley or honda.

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  2. Nothing beats a Honda.

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