Milwaukee, April 1, 2014 — Harley-Davidson, Inc. (HOG) has announced agreement to be acquired by Japanese owned Kawasaki Motor Company LTD today, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 for an undisclosed sum. The public is invited to attend an audio webcast with Kevin Wardell, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer and John Only, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Harley-Davidson, Inc. from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM (Central Time). A downloadable slide presentation will also be available as support to the webcast.
Commentary from the acquiring company Kawasaki Motor Company LTD:
“This is a great day for motor-bicyclists all over the world. Now you will all be able to say you own a Harley but pay much lower prices due to major cost savings of substituting plastic for the steel parts, a practice commonly known in our great Kawasaki/Harley Davidson facsimiles! Non-Riders all over the world will still be able to buy closets full of ‘Harley Davidson apparel’ without actually needing to know how to ride a motorcycle. In addition, we will send rider certificates upon request to anybody who would like to look as if they ride a motorcycle, this will be stamped with the official seal of approval by Kawasaki Motor Company LTD readable via a Sturgis secret decoder ring.” – Kesuke Morita Miyagi – Chairman of Kawasaki Motor Company LTD Kawasaki Kawasaki
Kawasaki Motor Company, LTD. is the parent company of Harley-Davidson Motor Company (as of now…bitches) and Harley-Davidson Financial Services (FYI, your payments will be in Yen from now on) – or, at least as long as April Fools day lasts!
FYI, none of this is in the least bit true.
Too bad this is just a stupid April fools joke. A Japanese company could actually turn a Harley in to a REAL bike, you know, one with power, one that handles, one that isn’t an overweight dinosaur and one that is actually worth the money spent.
You must ride a crotch rocket that loses value after you drive it out of the shop.
Please name all the Kaw cruisers that have more power and handle better than a H-D that don’t depreciate like a falling rock. While trying desperately to copy overweight dinosaurs.
That’s what we like to ride, a bike with balls and rides like a Cadillac.
If you are an actual rider, you don’t have to be a complete dick about it. You don’t like Harleys, I get it. Don’t ride them. I am an American, and I only ride Harleys. Wouldn’t ride anything else. But I wouldn’t criticize your machine of choice. Usually when I hear people criticize Harley’s, it’s because they have no idea what they are talking about, (which usually is the case), or they are jealous of those of us who do ride Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. Now, I will say, the asian bikes are well made machines, but until you put your leg over a Harley and ride it, you will never have any credibility. FYI, Too each his/her own.
Many of our writers have owned metrics for many years and we have no problem with them at all. As a matter of fact we wrote a story on the topic called the Harley Paradox (http://btbaggers.com/1o4LZwY).
The April fools article on which you commented was satire and definitely created a biz being read several million times. Please don’t misconstrue this as dislike of non HD bikes – that’s simply not the case. In fact we support all cruisers. As long as you’re on two wheels or even three in the case of trikes… Except canams- we hate them.
Thanks for reading Beantown Baggers.
Good April fools joke.
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Ooo. Where can I get the Sturgis secret decoder ring ???
Kawi has beter things to spend $50 on. 😉
Let the good times roll! 🙂
Why!!!! Yall are a bunch of sellouts.. no longer american made, head hangs low..
Got me! Holy crap! Good April Fools joke!
thank fuck it is april 1st. i almost fuckin cried.
Shame. Would have been a more dependable bike. But, downside is, honda make 30% of the parts for hd now. I guess kawi would nip that, huh?
The only Fools are the ones that buy this out dated tank, It would be interesting if a list & country were the parts are made.. not assembled, Seats : Mexico, wheels: China…will see who can come up with more..!!
DONT EVER JOKE LIKE THAT..THAT WAS IN NO WAY FUNNY..EVEN FOR APRIL FOOL…
We understand your concern but this was still damned funny!
Kawidavidson…Nice ring to it.
I can’t believe how many sell outs are on here! Harley is a American tradition and if they were so bad they wouldn’t sell so many would they? Ride it all and bitch about none! It’s the face in the wind, freedom and knowing your free at least for the ride. Any bike is good for that, but if you want thunder vibrating you balls and tickling the wife or girlfriend then ride a hog!
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I don’t want thunder tickling my balls. I want my wife or girlfriend to do that.
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There once was a chicken and a horse playing out in a barnyard near a large mudpuddle. The horse ended up getting stuck in the mud puddle. The checken spotted a Harley up by the barn along with a rope. The chicken got on the Harley, grabbed the rope, and went fly by the horse throwing the rope to the horse and pulling him out. Later again, the horse and the chicken were playing by the mudpuddle. This time the chicken got stuck. The horse simply straddlsd the puddle, hung his equipment down for the checken to grab and flung the chicken out of the puddle. The moral of this story is, when you are hung like a horse, you don’t need a Harley.
I’ve owned two Harleys in the past, loved them both, I will buy another in the future, the problem I found is that I always owned a sports bike wether its a Triumph or a Honda and to be honest I found myself riding them a lot more than the Harley, as much as I like Harley Davidsons I just seem to enjoy riding other stuff more.
Loyalty ; “Thou Art a Jewel”. Enough said!
OMG! You Got Me! Glad it was just an April Fool’s prank!
Sure had me spooled up for a second, I was about to Boycott! Phew, my b
blood Pressure is finally dropping…Thank You Lord for April Fools Day!
Harley Davidson: The most efficient way to turn gas into loud noise without the harmful side effect of power. Yes I do own a Harley (2010 Fatbob), but prefer to ride my VFR, twice the horsepower, half the engine size.