We got local reaction from bikers Monday after President Trump tweeted support for a possible boycott of Harley-Davidson.
The company says new tariffs mean they have to shift some production overseas.
The company says it would lose up to $100 million a year because of the trade dispute with the European Union.
“People that ride Harley-Davidson’s are going to always ride Harley-Davidson’s,” Kevin Cole said. “It’s not going to matter if they decide to build bikes wherever they’re going to build them because that’s what they have to do to avoid taxes.”
Trump has been going after the company for months, saying they started shifting operations overseas before the tariffs were announced.
Some bikers are standing behind Trump, but Cole is not one of those.
“I don’t know anyone who’s gotten rid of their Harley or said they’re not going to buy a Harley because of Trump, or taxes or tariffs,” Cole said.
We caught up with Ann-Marie Kasperek as she browsed the White Lightning Harley Davidson store in Chattanooga.
She’s a Trump supporter, but also supports the company.
She hopes some common ground can be found on this issue, without companies having to shift production outside of the country.
“People can do what they feel they need to do, as far I’m concerned I’m going to continue to shop where I feel I can find the best deals or the best quality product and if that continues to be Harley-Davidson then that’s what I’m going to do,” Kasperek said.
The local dealership did not want to comment on this story.