As a result of the decline in retail demand for Harley-Davidson sidecars, which accelerated following the introduction of the Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide family of trikes, Harley-Davidson has made the decision to exit the sidecar business. The Company will end sidecar production upon completion of remaining 2011 model year orders. Effective immediately, no new sidecar orders will be taken.
Harley-Davidson is committed to continued support of its dealer network and customer support for sidecar owners and will support current customers by continuing to honor warranty repairs and supply service parts and technical support. The sidecar was first made available to Harley-Davidson customers in 1914 and will remain a proud part of the Company’s history.This news comes on the helm of Harley-Davidson’s recent Q2 report. Harley reported that sales were down 5.5 percent worldwide, 8.4 percent in the United States, at the close of the second quarter of 2010.But although sales are down, Harley says everything is flowing in a positive direction. The Motor Company reported a second-quarter revenue in 2010 of $831.6 million, which is up 2.8 percent compared to the same period last year. Also, Harley shipped 59,046 motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide during the 2010-second quarter, compared to 58,179 motorcycles in the second quarter of 2009.