Dueling Fools

Dueling Fools
December 2, 1998

Harley Hoarse
Harley Davidson price (12/1/98): $42 7/16

If you're all revved up with nowhere to go, then you've come to the right place. This week we have a pair of Born-to-Be-Wild Fools who can't agree over the equity horsepower of motorcycle maker Harley Davidson (NYSE: HDI).

Bill Barker (TMF Max) thinks the stock is Hog Heaven while Paul Larson (TMF Parlay) thinks we've got a slaughtered pig. Whichever side of the road you drive on, we've got your covered.

So strap on that safety helmet, this Duel is about to accelerate.

And don't miss this week's Duel Flashback, where we look back at the Net Asset Value of our Mutual Funds Duel.

You Get to Vote!

Once you've read the arguments and the rebuttals, it's your time to cast your vote. We'll tabulate results each week and revisit them from time to time to see whether you were right! As always, we invite you to join us in the Dueling Fools Message board to continue the duel.

[Any suggestions, comments, praise, or flames, please send them along to the Dueling Fools Team.]

The Bull...
If you're talking about Harley Davidson (NYSE: HDI), the first phrase that may come to mind is "kickin' butt and takin' names." Take a gander at the 10-year chart for HDI, and understand that that definitely translates into a monster butt-kickin' that Harley handed the S&P 500 and then let's move onto the "takin' names" section of this little lesson. Coke, Berkshire Hathaway, The Gap -- those are just some of the names of companies you may have thought were great investments over the last ten years. By comparison though, Harley's left them all in the dust, and the good news for potential purchasers is, Harley is still a lot cheaper than any of those others.
The Bear...
Harley is cool. You won't find me debating the quality of the Harley brand, for it is truly one of the most prized in the world. An argument to the contrary would probably have me laughed out of Folly. However, we are not dueling about brand quality. We are dueling about the investment worthiness of the company's stock. I pick my fights wisely, and this is certainly a battle the bears can win.

Results for last week's Pixar Duel

Answer Percentage
I can't make up my mind


TMF Edible's Bull argument


TMF Max's Bear argument


They were both excellent


They were both lame