We first wrote about the Trump Administration’s multi-million dollar gift to Harley Davidson back in August, but the issue is back in the news again as 10 states have now officially objected to the penalty reduction against Harley.
It seems like our own Steve Hanley also has a problem with Trump’s plan to take it easy on the aging baby boomers behind the Milwaukee motorcycle company, and it’s been eating at him for the entire 6 months since we first covered the story. As such, he’s put together a pretty solid op-ed piece against the move. We’ve published it here, below. Enjoy!
Harley Davidson Gets Off Easy
In 2016, Harley Davidson — the historic motorcycle manufacturer that has made the”‘potato-potato” sound of its iconic V Twin engine almost a religion — agreed to a settlement with the Department of Justice over allegations it sold 340,000 “super tuner” kits to its customers since 2008. The kits were supposed to increase the performance of its motorcycles — that’s good. But they also raised the emissions spewing out of those beloved shotgun exhaust pipes above the levels permitted by federal regulations — that’s bad.
Harley Davidson hotly denied doing anything wrong, claiming the “super tuner” kits were “competition only” items intended for riders operating their bikes on race tracks. There is an exception in EPA emissions regulations that permits modifications of production engines for racing, but those engines must never to be used on public streets. It’s hard to believe Harley officials could make such a bizarre claim with a straight face, but the promise of profits makes ordinary human beings do extraordinary things.