Harley-Davidson Shuts Down Kansas Plant, Sales Decline – V-Twin Life

Harley-Davidson Shuts Down Kansas Plant, Sales Decline

Harley-Davidson to close down assembly plant in Kansas City, one of the four US factories even as sales continue to decline for the American motorcycle


• Harley-Davidson sales under pressure in the US, and globally

• The Kansas City plant is one of the four H-D plants in the US

• Harley-Davidson to launch electric bike in 18 months

Harley-Davidson sales fell sharply in 2017 and the company has decided to go ahead with consolidating its manufacturing operations, including the decision to shut down its Kansas City plant. About 800 jobs in the Kansas City plant will be cut, but production will be ramped up at Harley-Davidson’s York, Pennsylvania plant and 450 positions will be added to this plant. But the world’s largest manufacturer of heavyweight cruiser motorcycles has struggled to reverse a four-year sales slide, even though there’s been some sales growth in Harley-Davidson’s overseas markets.

The Harley-Davidson Project LiveWire concept was first showcased in 2014

Also Read: Harley-Davidson’s Electric Bike Will Be Launched In 18 Months

Worldwide retail sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles fell 6.7 per cent in 2017, compared to 2016. And domestic sales in the US fell 8.5 per cent, while international sales were down 3.9 per cent. The company shipped 1,44,893 motorcycles in 2017, a drop of 10 per cent from the year before. In 2017, Harley-Davidson shipped 2,41,498 motorcycles globally, and for 2018, volumes are expected to be between 2,31,000 to 2,36,000 motorcycles globally.

Harley-Davidson has introduced new four-valve engines for its model range

Also Read: Harley-Davidson Sales Fall In Second Quarter

Clearly, Harley-Davidson is now looking at boosting its international business, rather than focussing on a sliding domestic market. Harley had said that the company intends to add two million new riders in the US over the coming decade and boost its international business to 50 per cent of its total annual volume from around 38 per cent. And as part of that effort, the company has also announced that it will launch its first electric motorcycle within 18 months. Harley-Davidson is expected to invest more aggressively in developing electric motorcycle technology, so the future of Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle development seems to be well on track.

By CarAndBike Team on Jan 31, 2018 06:12 PM


Pyscho De Mayo 3 – ChopCult Run in Austin, TX

PMR3 Hits Austin in 2 days!

It’s nearly that time again, time for the 3rd Annual “Psycho De Mayo Run” (PMR3) through central Texas hill country.

Born over on ChopCult, for the past 2 years PMR has been a groovy, single-day blast through some 250 miles of the best roads in central Texas and the Old Filthy crew are determined to make this year’s event the best yet. Plans are in the works as we speak concerning the route, pre and after party events and more. Pre-Registration has been opened, so hit the link and be prepared to be in Austin, TX on May 11th. Come on out and meet up with a bunch of other ChopCultists and enjoy some of the best roads in Texas and some good times.

FRIDAY: For those up for a little socializing the night before, the Old Filthy crew will be at C-Hunts Ice House around 7:30 PM. Come thirsty for cheap beer, hungry for some crazy good tamales, and bring cash because Chester don’t take plastic. C-Hunts Ice House is located at 9611 Mcneil Road Austin, TX 78758 (map).

SATURDAY: The morning rally point for PMR will be at Smokey Mo’s Bar-B-Q at 100 E Whitestone Blvd #158, Cedar Park, TX (map). Come early and grab a taco or two before the pre-ride meeting and announcements which will begin at 9:00 AM. As an added bonus, we will have a chase truck on this run for anyone unfortunate enough to need it.

  • PMR3 Shirt

    Psycho De Mayo 3 ride shirt

    PMR 3

Early Morning Ride! – Harley-Davidson Road Trip

When you’re on a long journey sometimes getting up for that second or third day is tough.  Once you get on the road things seem to drift away and your back on the long and winding road.  There is a certain quiet calm in the morning.  Followed by the sound of the wind and your V-Twin purring down the road.  The air is crisp and the journey continues.  So take on those early morning rides and get the day started right.  Happy riding and make the most of your V-Twin Life!

Morning Ride

Morning Ride


“Sons of Anarchy” Ron Perlman joins MS “Ride for Hope”

Sons of Anarchy Fan? Multiple Sclerosis fighter? Motorcycle riders unite and join Grand Marshall Ron Perlman in the MS Ride for Hope on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.  Riders can enter to win a new Harley Davidson Black Road King Classic that will be raffled off at The Canyon, where the ride culminates with lunch and entertainment. Also up for grabs at the raffle is a black leather jacket signed by the cast of “Sons Of Anarchy” and some other very cool items signed by the cast.

Click here for details on what promises to be a fantastic day for a great cause, and learn how you can participate in the raffle/ride combo. See you there!


Ron Perlman "Sons of Anarchy"

Ron Perlman “Sons of Anarchy”


Happy Hump Day – Harley-Davidson Style

As the week moves through it’s normal paces, Wednesday or “Hump Day” is always a welcome break to your week.  Most Bike Nights are on Wednesday and for you weekend warriors it gives you another excuse to get out and ride.  Local bike nights are great for meeting up with new people and sharing a beer with old friends.  So whether you’re riding to your Local biker bar, Diner, or to another event, fire up that HOG and let the good time begin!

Cheers to the weather warming up and have a great Hump Day!

Hump-Day Hot Harley Girl

Hump-Day Hot Harley Girl

Woman Riders Welcome! – Harley-Davidson Lifestyle

One of the biggest shifts taking place in the motorcycling industry is the growth and impact of the female riding population. The largest group and most diverse is coming from Generation “Y.”  With the Arizona Bike Week in full affect I am seeing the transformation of women going from riding two-up to owning and riding their own bike.  “The number of women motorcycle operators in the U.S. has increased slowly to about 7.2 million of about 27 million overall in 2009, according to the latest survey by the Motorcycle Industry Council. About 1 in 10 owners are women,” said Cam Arnold, a vice president for the trade group.  So Woman whether you’re riding with your man or cruising solo, V-Twin Life solutes you!  Have a great weekend.

Harley Girls Rule!

Harley Girls Rule!

Woman Riders

Woman Riders