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Trump Trade War Hits Harley Davidson, Wisconsin: Biker Sunday at Word of Life church: Slowest Harley-Davidson yet?

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UNION CITY – Pastors George and Marie Hughes and the congregation of Word of Life Worship Center invite everyone to hear Steve “Slowride” Haskins with Whitehorse Ministries.

Slowride is a born-again biker and invites all clubs, colors and bikers to come for fellowship and dinner on the grounds following the service. Steve will be speaking about the love God has for bikers and sharing his testimony and his biker experiences from all over the United States. Steve’s wife, Debbie and their son, Little John, are part of his team with the Whitehorse Ministries.

The service and event will be held July 22, 10:30 a.m., at Word of Life Worship Center, 1395 Ellis Road, Union City, Ohio (nine miles north of Union City on Ellis Road). For more information, contact Hughes at (765) 964-5603 or (765) 730-0244.

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This week marks the first in which American motorcycle icon Harley-Davidson has to face stiff trade tariffs in EU markets. It’s a move that’s being called a retaliation to Trump administration tariffs on European aluminum and steel that sees a 25% import tariff on large motorcycles coming from the US.

“Large”, in this case, references motorcycles whose engines displace 500cc or more. That means the new 25% tax will hit both Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles, but won’t impact electric brands like Zero. To quote Asphalt and Rubber, “the (EU) is adding the 25% tariff to the goods that fall under HS code 87114000 & 87115000 on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System,” which state:

 

  • 87114000: Motorcycles, incl. mopeds, with reciprocating internal combustion piston engine of a cylinder capacity > 500 cm3 but <= 800 cm3

  • 87115000: Motorcycles, incl. mopeds, with reciprocating internal combustion piston engine of a cylinder capacity > 800 cm3

There is speculation that this move is intended to specifically target Harley-Davidson, rather than Indian. Harley has received some Trump flavored love recently, and just so happens to be based in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is the home of Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House of US Representatives and Republican Party big shot. Harley sold roughly 40,000 motorcycles in Europe last year compared to a handful of Indian bikes as that company still seems focused on building out its US-based business.

What do you guys think? Is the EU specifically targeting a GOP stronghold and a largely conservative base of Harley customers with this move, or is Harley just getting caught in the crossfire of a bigger issue? Is “Trump Flavored Love” the worst thing Stormy Daniels you’ve had to think of today, or do you kind of like the sound of it? Let us know your thoughts on these and other pressing matters of national importance in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON isn’t exactly renowned for balancing on the razor edge of technological advancement but the firm’s latest new model is the simplest, slowest two-wheeler it’s ever created.

It’s a replica of a bicycle that the firm sold back in 1917.

Just 10 of the machines are being handmade for Harley-Davidson by Heritage Bicycles in Chicago. They’ll be sold via the Harley-Davidson Museum at around $4,200 each. And if that seems a lot for the sort of vintage-styled pushbike that can surely only appeal to the most bearded of hipsters, it is. It’s still the cheapest new H-D though…

Funnily enough, that millennial market is the very one that Harley has struggled to make its motorcycles appeal to.

It’s a beautifully-made thing, of course. Details include ‘H-D’ lettering formed in the spokes of the front sprocket, green paint and hand-applied pinstripes. Heritage has based it on the original 1917 design, but enlarged the frame slightly to make it more useable, since Harley riders of the 21stcentury are a tad bigger than their WWI-era ancestors.

An online reservation system is planned to let customers put dibs on one of the limited run of bikes.

At the moment there’s no word on whether you’ll be able to get your hands on one if you’re outside America, but at least this is one Harley that won’t fall foul of the new EU import tariffs on US-made motorcycles.

 

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