Harley-Davidson looking to put Japan on trikes
Japan categorizes three-wheeled motorcycles as cars and riders don't need to wear helmets, nor do they face any highway restrictions. That makes it a nearly painless way to try out a motorcycle and for those with Easy Rider dreams, "It's a relatively easy way into Harley-Davidson" according to the man in charge of the Japanese outpost.
Two-wheeler sales numbers there have dropped in Japan every year for the past 26 years, whereas Harley posted a one-percent increase in 2013. The Tri Glide should also help Harley continue to fight the decline - as will its India-built Street motorcycle arriving later - and reduce the balance-sheet reliance on North American sales.
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