Harley flew my dad and I out to the factory in York late last week. The York Factory makes trikes, touring bikes and soft tails. We were given a great nine hour tour from our friend Zach who works in the machining department. We got to see how they make springers, tanks, fenders, frames and all sorts of other neat parts. It was really cool to see the whole process and the new building and assembly line. Out of everything that we got to see, I think that the most fascinating part for me was the machining and manufacturing that was going on. We were not allowed to take pictures or video inside of the factory, so I don't have anything to share with you guys.
Here is the car they set us up with, it was sweeeeet!
Here is a pic that zack took of me silk screening a black line tank. We had to put on hazmat suits and walk through a bunch of air baths to get sterilized. Delmar and Gerald met up with us to take the tour too. The paint shop was probably the most intriguing part of the tour. HD really does a great job on finishing their parts and making their bikes look as good as they perform.
Here is a pic of most of the crew that flew out in October for the wrench and ride project. Full details will be in the next issue of hog tales. Thanks for the neat memory and trip hd. I walked away from the tour with a new found appreciation for precision manufacturing, and the huge amount of detail and effort that go into making new motorcycles. There was also a lot of neat info and set ups that we got to see that we can apply to fixing up the old bikes that we work on. It was a great experience and even kind of got my wheels turning about buying a new bike--someday.