Here’s some news we missed months back, because it wasn’t really publicized at all. After months of talking about a motorcycle factory in British Columbia, Damon Motorcycles now says it plans to assemble its machines in California.
The news comes from a Reddit post, not a press release. Last winter, Redditors were speculating about the company’s health after what seemed to be a round of layoffs. In that thread (see here) a Redditor under the name jaygiraud (Damon’s CEO is Jay Giraud) posted:
We’re shifting production to our facility in California when we’re ready to start production, which is delayed due to some challenges in 2022. The building here in Vancouver proved to be too expensive and unfortunately the Gov of Canada and BC are not providing any support to create jobs. US is WAY more supportive in that regard. If you’re a reservation holder, you’ve got an email in your inbox providing details. Thanks for your support! Making something from nothing is about the most challenging thing there is, but man is it worth it. All the best
If that Reddit post is legit, and it sure appears to be—so much for the 110,000 square-foot facility that was planned in Surrey! As for the hundreds of office staff and production line workers that Damon said it would hire in British Columbia, it would seem many of those jobs would also be moving to the US. It’s also worth noting that Damon seems to have gone through layoffs last winter, if you dig around Glassdoor reviews. Perhaps that makes sense, if plans are changing!
Whatever the story is, it seems Canadian motorcyclists will still have to wait for a true made-in-Canada bike, as the new Can-Am street-legal models are going to be built in Mexico, and now Damon is also planning to build machines elsewhere. Not that most of us could have afforded them anyway…