Counterfeit Harley-Davidson Merchandise: Poor Quality and a Bad Choice

Fake Harley-Davidson merchandise found at the motorcycle company's 110th anniversary celebration was poorly made. Licensed merchandise is sold at Harley-Davidson dealer and online shops like where bikers find licensed products.
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Harley-Davidson, the motorcycle-manufacturing giant, loses revenue each year to the manufacturers of counterfeit merchandise. Harley-Davidson, Inc. recently celebrated their 110th anniversary in Franklin, Wisconsin where fake merchandise made its way into the crowds along with the licensed products.

Where to find licensed products

All the big brand names regularly lose revenue to counterfeiters and the fight to stop the trade continues with growing success. Harley-Davidson, Inc. distributes merchandise to legitimate sellers which include Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealers and online vendors like the soon to open

Motorcycle enthusiasts want the licensed products made for Harley riders. Fake merchandise may appeal to the eye at first glance, but the quality and workmanship fail miserably upon real-life use.

How to check for authentic memorabilia

There are several ways to spot counterfeit Harley-Davidson clothing, bags, shirts and other popular merchandise. When browsing for the memorabilia or accessories at a fair or other event look for the following:

Location and price

Merchandise sold from a tent at heavily discounted prices is probably not real. Finding items identical to those sold in stores at a fair or other event is rare and an indicator of counterfeiting.


Inferior components go into the manufacturing of fake merchandise. The feel and look of the product makes the counterfeit item stand out.

Identifying tags

Tags marked H-D sewn inside their clothing and 'authentic' tags signify Harley-Davidson licensed products. Hats, gloves, chaps, saddlebags and most accessories bear the distinctive 'authentic' tag.


A close look at the logo sewn on the item will show flaws that licensed merchandise does not have. Badly stitched patches and the use of different colors indicate forgeries as well.

Counterfeiting results in higher prices

The counterfeit merchandise saturating the market takes revenue away from the manufacturers of authentic merchandise, which reflects in higher prices to consumers. Motorcyclists also risk safety when purchasing sub-standard products for their bikes or riding apparel.

Authentic merchandise with community discussions

To find authentic licensed Harley-Davidson merchandise and to connect with a community of like-minded enthusiasts, internet websites, like, have it all. Harley-Davidson enthusiasts of all ages, male and female can find authentic merchandise and discuss their passion all in one place.

Check the calendar

Those looking to buy or sell their Harley do so online, as well. The internet sites host discussion boards for clubs, individuals, veteran riders and newbies who seek advice. Look for event calendars to find motorcycle rallies, fairs and other special events throughout the year.

Keep up with the latest news and technology

The internet sites, including, feature the latest news about Harley-Davidson Inc., and are the first to feature newly released models. Previews of next year's models and information on Harley's impact in other countries keep riders informed.

Counterfeit merchandise sales hurt the industry when lost revenue results in higher prices for consumers. The consumers who purchase the fake products hurt themselves by wasting money on items made of inferior components that wear-out quickly.
Tags:Harley-davidson, Motorcycle, Rip Off, Consumer Beware, Retail Scams
Industry:Shopping, Retail
Location:Los Angeles - California - United States
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