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Old 07-08-2009, 08:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Will the Harley Lehman TriGlide survive?

Lehman was in trouble before Harley come to the rescue and collaborated with them when bringing out the 09 TriGlide. Lehman Trike stock is at .11 cents and they have shut down the fiberglass plant in Westlock Canada stating transportation cost problems. As most corporations they posted 1st quarter losses and the second quarter does not look to be much better. Will Harley go with another Trike conversion kit if Lehman goes under? Will Harley develop thier own Trike conponents if Lehman fails or will the TriGlide be a short lived model? Triglide sales numbers are low and if the model is discontinued the owners may have a Harley that will appreciate in value overnight. Any info on the Harley Lehman marriage?
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...can't guess whether Lehman will survive....but if HD wants to continue producing Tri-Glides...and Lehman is going down....they'll just buy them out.






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Old 07-08-2009, 09:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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...can't guess whether Lehman will survive....but if HD wants to continue producing Tri-Glides...and Lehman is going down....they'll just buy them out.






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...can't guess whether Lehman will survive....but if HD wants to continue producing Tri-Glides...and Lehman is going down....they'll just buy them out.






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The TriGlide was a good Idea until the market crash and the 08 recission set in. The Trike was geared toward the older rider who would probably be a babyboomer in the income level that would be able to afford some discretionary spending. Thing is the 08 and ongoing recession is hurting sales because a lot of 401 K's got wiped out right at retirement time and priorities have now changed for the group the Trike was built for. With sales of the Trike way below expected levels why would you buy a Corporation to sustain a product that is not generating the revenue necesssary to keep it in production. Just one part of that company is geared up for TriGlide's the rest supply's conversion kits for other makes. Would Harley feel comfortable making Trike Conversion Kits for their competition? Harley stock has taken a beating over the last year and a half also and overall sales are down! To many models and as GM will have to decide which models to drop! I feel the TriGlide is a short lived model if Lehman Trike goes under.
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I agree about the market for the tri- and would be surprised to see it continue......in a normal business plan.....but HD may want to keep it, and will if they want to. We've all seen things that the MoCo has done that we think is right-on.........and others that make us wonder how they survive.




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Don't know if this is a big factor or not...

Maybe if they were to get more to the Dealers to sell it would help.One of the big Dealers had one many months ago and that was it.
Maybe they were/are putting a limited amount out and were/are hoping to get a big increase over MSRP ?

I don't think that is a winning plan.
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There's a strong rumor that HD has entered into a co-branding agreement with Kimberly-Clark to rename the Tri-Glide. The 2010 edition will be renamed FLHTCUDG - DependsGlide.
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There's a strong rumor that HD has entered into a co-branding agreement with Kimberly-Clark to rename the Tri-Glide. The 2010 edition will be renamed FLHTCUDG - DependsGlide.
They will also have a false teeth cup and Bengay dispenser. Big Numeral easy read Gauges and a roaming Home Alert System. A dual use trickle charge & defibulator unit and an accessory hearing aid jack for the rider helmet. You get the safety discount off the price of the Trike if you take the AARP Safety Riders Course
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I put the TriGlide in the same category as the CVO bikes. Not too many people have the desire or the money to pay $30K for a bike. Yes, the economy is a factor but even in a robust economy i don't see them selling that many trikes.
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I put the TriGlide in the same category as the CVO bikes. Not too many people have the desire or the money to pay $30K for a bike. Yes, the economy is a factor but even in a robust economy i don't see them selling that many trikes.
Well Harley's first serious attempt at a Trike since the Service Car, "was that 100% Harley?" was still a sound move on paper. Who knew the economy was going to tank the year they brought it out. I feel there was a niche market for it but the recession and the jobless recovery may spell its doom. A long deep recession makes it even more doubtful a colaboration with another Corporation on the ropes can survive. I feel if had been 100% Harley the chance of long term success would have been almost guranteed. I am hoping as we get closer to the end of July some people in the know will post some positive news about the TriGlide.

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HD Tri Glide and Lehmen kit are two different animals. Harley sought help from Lehman initially, but the Tri Glide is a Harley-only product. If Lehman goes the way of the Dodo bird, the Tri Glide will most likely, sadly, continue.
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If Lehman goes the way of the Dodo bird, the Tri Glide will most likely, sadly, continue.
Why do you say sadly continue? Harley seems to have hit on a pretty good seller. The dealer where I'm getting my 2010 from sold the 3 09's they were allotted before they even came in. It looks like they will be able to sell all the 2010's that they will get also. I've been at a few dealers that say they can sell all every one they can get their hands on. Every place my dad goes his 09 draws quite a crowd of young and old.
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My local dealer insists that the Triglide is made with a Lehman produced rear end whether it's marketed as all Harley or not. That said, if Lehman goes under or not there's plenty of companies that would gladly cut a deal with Harley to provide them with the back end. And, Harley knows that as the boomers get older, the market will get bigger, so I don't think the Harley trike is going away any time soon.

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Why do you say sadly continue? Harley seems to have hit on a pretty good seller. The dealer where I'm getting my 2010 from sold the 3 09's they were allotted before they even came in. It looks like they will be able to sell all the 2010's that they will get also. I've been at a few dealers that say they can sell all every one they can get their hands on. Every place my dad goes his 09 draws quite a crowd of young and old.
We're not really going to start this argument ALL over again are we?

To sofia91: The actual supplier of parts isn't even Lehman--I'm guessing. Companies that put stuff together (like Harley) seldom actually creat the stuff from raw metal. In Harley's case, they farm out to a number of different suppliers to give them the pieces, they come in much like when you get a plastic model from the store.

Harley is claiming this is their baby, so they obviously have a connection to the direct supplier. And as long as people want 'em, they'll make 'em.
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