I agree with punkin, e.g. When one buys a VW car, why is the price the same if it was built in Germany or China?
The quality and finish will be more superior with the car built in Germany.
e.g. Also similar thing with the Honda mowers, same price if built in China or Japan, yet the Chinese motors are crap.
In order of your comments;
The cars aren't the same price (in Australia) when built in Germany vs China (if we only got German built ones then the non german built models would be more expensive).
VW claim (and have independent testing results) that the average quality of cars from their various plants is actually very similar.
A lot of the Chinese 'Hondas' are actually copies badged as Honda but not actually built in by Honda to Honda specifications (and yes those ones are crap), think about it, you wouldn't buy a Rolex watch knock off and expect it to actually work as well as a real Rolex, why expect a knock off Honda to work the same as a real one.
"VW claim (and have independent testing results) that the average quality of cars from their various plants is actually very similar."
This would be the same VW that was cheating pollution emissions tests in the US yes?
So we know how much their claims are worth.
NO, the Authorised Honda motors built in China are crap, ask anyone in the industry and they'll let you know.
I am not sure they produce complete bikes in Thailand rather it is used as a component supplier.
Just going off a quick google it would appear so:
The source is a RAT forum, but seems to be a credible poster in amongst the thread. Note that the VIN identifier does not disclose which market the bike is destined for, only the plant it was assembled in.
I'd be very surprised if HD did not follow a similar pattern/process/strategy.
If anyone's worried about quality I guess the best way to check that is to google something like triumph thailand bike recalls or bike faults or quality issues and see what comes up.
In the end all these companies need to make money to appease shareholders. Provided they deliver on quality, performance and appearance and keep their general customer base (for the most part) content, then going to cheaper (in labour terms) manufacturing countries will more and more become par for the course.
Interesting but it is/was my belief they only did certain components there, a little like Harley who gets different manufactures to produce things on their behalf.
I am aware that HD both manufacture bikes in India and Brazil so would not be surprised to see triumph go offshore
This. Countries such as Malaysia for example have extremely high tariffs on imported vehicles and bikes. CKD or SKD are ways around some of these issues. For example, a new Harley CVO SG could be RM250K+...taking into account local salaries, this would be like the same bike costing a quarter of a million dollars in OZ.
I agree with that. I was walking down George street in the city and couldn't help but wonder if Asia was nearly deserted by now...every fucker seems to be here!
I can imagine.