Originally Posted by CRFyou
Remember when Harley was completely fucking bankrupt and they were going to eat a shit sandwich if it wasn't for a certain bowling pin manufacturer?
1967. You wouldn't be enjoying that alternator shovel if it weren't for bowling.
At least Triumph took their insolvency like men.
Bowling Sucks! Bing Bong!
Hey! Nobody can remember what happened in 1967 (myself included, seeing as I wasn't born). We're talking about 1984! The "modern" era for Harleys...
Triumph was building the T140 in 1984. (Of course, they weren't exporting them to the U.S. Seems that somehow the tariffs on imported motorcycles jumped way up around then.)
When an H-D guy brings up Triumph in the '80s, you're supposed to say something about Les Harris, the guy who built them under license between the bankruptcy / Bloor takeover in '83 and the new models starting production, keeping production continuous since 1902. Then, to deflect attention from that possibly-weak argument (and 1989), you're supposed to say something disparaging about Harley begging the government for trade protection as the only way to prop up their non-competitive product (they were getting absolutely reamed by the Japanese around then... from 80% market share to less than 20% market share in less than a decade), while simultaneously beginning to outsource much of their parts production to Japan... exactly the country whose bikes they were trying to have taxed!
Then you mention how instead of just producing throwback styling exercises and focusing on their image, Triumph went on to produce competitive street motorcycles in every class above 600cc. And then you say something about the Rocket III...
And then you make fun of their chaps.
And then you realize that the thread has completely sidetracked into Triumph/Harley bullshit (which is, to be fair, my favorite kind of _____/Harley bullshit))...
Wasn't it about a Suzuki or something...?
Yeah man. Don't buy that Suzuki.