This is not a trick question.
I'm not going to rant as to why you should buy American...
Just want to know your thoughts.
Does it matter to you?
We have long striven to make our parts (and our bikes) in the USA.
But it's not easy.
Prices are higher.
Profits are lower.
Competition is stiffer.
Do you think we should continue to make our parts in the USA?
Would you be more interested in buying our parts if you could save a few bucks on them... even if it meant they were made overseas?
I really want to know your thoughts. Let me hear from you. Dar Brass Balls Cycles
We wish Harley would focus on making a great product and they would go back to the old way of making Harley's that owners could take home and customize.Seems like Harley has sold out, greed, make as many as we can, corner the market, try and make everyone come to the dealer with scare tactics that they will lose a warranty if they change exhaust. (It's OK if it's done at the dealer) WTF!
The Federal Trade Commission has a wealth of information, check it out.
Will using aftermarket parts on my Harley void my warranty? Not always, check out the FTC website do your research.
Do I have to use the Harley dealer for repairs and maintenance? NO!! Check out the FTC website for more.
This, in part is why we like them!
From a company that began as a small storefront in Huntington Park, California, to a 43,000-square-foot facility in Ventura, Barnett is still family owned and operated after nearly 70 years. Advertising coordinator Chris Taylor, the grandson of founders Afton and Charlie Barnett, discussed the company’s decision to be entirely made in the U.S.
CT: We pride ourselves on being available to our customers. You can call and talk to a live person, email or even come right to our facility if you’re in the area. Another part of it is always standing behind our products and services. If we make a mistake, we’ll make it right.
Check out this article from Hot Bike about "Doug's Retro Pan"
From GarageBoyz.com Bingo's View Reprinted with permission
The Preservation of Our Kulture Support your local shop
I often think about the preservation of our Kulture. There are a bunch of questions and observations that make me fearful that our kulture of loving and living cars, bikes, tattoos and other kool stuff, could just fade away with time.
As we as a society drift apart and worry more about ourselves and our own worlds, will there still be a sense of community and camaraderie in the Hot Rod, Biker and Tattoo worlds? Now that so many people have come and gone with the latest trends and fads in each segment, is there anything substantiative left ?
For example the chopper craze brought out the $70,000 bike buyers and master builders and there was a "Chopper Shop" in every garage. The Hot Rod scene is going thru a phase of Rat Rodding everything, so now instead of restorations being the norm, its " lets flat black it " and call it a day. In the tattoo kulture anybody with an EBay account can buy all of the equipment needed to start tattooing out of their kitchen, and with the help of Craigslist let everyone know that they are doing it for $10 or an X-Box.
Combine this with the car, bike & tattoo reality shows, and the internet parts warehouses, and the out right over commercialization, it all helps make our kulture seem so quick, cheap, easy and attainable. Is it any wonder that our kulture is getting so watered down?
Are there still people willing to pay their dues and build their foundations in the history and traditions of our kulture? Or has the instant gratification of today permeated it too deeply. Has it become just so easy to buy your way into the kulture, that when the wind blows it is off to a new hobby? Has passion and commitment been replaced with one upsmanship and trend jumping?
Will there still be guys and girls who will want to keep the old cars and bike running and preserved. Are there still kids who actually dream about becoming mechanics? What if through tougher laws and regulations it becomes damn near impossible to run a carbureted machine on public roadways? Will the outlaw riders ranks swell or will the cruise-ins be filled with flamed-out Priuses?
How about the tattoo Kulture? Will the professional tattoo artists have to be so guarded with their craft, that they may become unwilling to teach others in fear of further hurting the kulture? Are there even going to be people willing to go through the rigors of being an apprentice, or will the availability of cheap machines and the desire to make fast cash just put more dangerous scratchers out there. None of which would even have the chance to do a single tattoo, if there weren't so many people looking for quick, cheap and easy. Isn't that ironic, the same people who can't commit to a 2-year phone plan, are willing to commit to a lifetime of wearing a horrible tattoo?
With the way things are today, and so many people just looking to save a dollar, we have all seen small and some not so small bike shops and car shops close down. Is this the end of the everyday man having the ability to open up a small shop and pay his bills and feed his family? Are the days of thriving independent shops, putting out honest hometown goods and services going to be a thing of the past?
Lastly, how about the artists who paint and draw by hand? Laying down pinstripes, doing hand painted lettering and such. Are there still people willing to devote hours of quality and craftsmanship, for the sake of their art? Or are we destined to face a world of high tech machines and graphic artists who will produce more products faster and cheaper? Will there still be a generation of artists willing to learn and practice creating art by hand?
Don't misunderstand my point; I know that there are plenty of people that enjoy our Kulture from the outside. They may not live and breathe cars, bikes and tattoos 24-7 like many of us do. These people provide an important role in our kulture as consumers. It is their interest and money that help fuel our kulture and keep a lot of us employed doing what we love. I don't worry about running out of consumers of our kulture rather I worry about running out of providers of our Kulture.
So in closing I ask this simple question...Are you a consumer or a provider to the Kulture Community?
Proudly Serving the Kulture Community
Support Your Local Businesses…County Pride, County Wide "
From Hot Bike Magazine May 5- June 2, 2009. Reprinted by permission.
As I See It
What Will Happen?
It has been a long time since I have been given a page to rant a bit, and it's good to be here. Most of the time this page is for us to talk about anything going on, or anything we need to vent about. One thing on my mind has to do with Wal-Mart. When Wal-Mart moves into town it forces the smaller, “mom and pop" shops to scale down, if not close their doors. Having been across this country and at as many shops as I've visited, I can't help but hear and see the same thing going on with all of them. I always ask to find out how they are doing and if there's anything new going on and it's usually the same story, “times are hard right now and the business is just not there." Some of them feel that they are not getting the needed support of their customers. More guys are doing the work at home like the oil changes, which is a good thing but not if you are ordering your parts online to save a couple of bucks. Even if they are not doing the service, selling the parts still brings money in.
Everyone wants and needs to save a buck and eBay can be a good thing, but if you don't support the little shop owners, soon they might be gone and then what are you going to do? The only places that will be available are the big dealerships, which can be costly. Which brings me to my next point about the big dealerships and the small shops. Sure the big dealerships are good for certain things, but most of the time many of them won't even touch a pre-Evo motor, which is what a lot of the smaller shops specialize in. So if all that's left is the large corporate dealerships, you vintage bike guys, probably won't be able to get the help you'd need from them. So show your support to the smaller shops and keep them in business.