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Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations
Ranked #1 of 48 things to do in York
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Established as an assembly facility in 1973, Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations in York, PA assembles the Touring, Softail®, CVO™ and Trike models. They also perform a variety of manufacturing operations - making parts like frames, fuel tanks, and fenders. At the Vaughn L. Beals Tour Center, you'll explore exhibits that detail the manufacturing and assembly processes of the factory. You'll also have the chance to sit on current production motorcycles and visit the gift shop for tour-related souvenirs. The Kids Corner, a specially designed area for visitors under the age of 12, makes the York facility an ideal family destination. Your factory tour begins with an introductory video and continues on the factory floor where you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at the people, processes and products of Vehicle Operations. You'll be guided through the manufacturing of key components and the assembly of Softail, Touring, CVO and Trike motorcycles. Then it's on to the end of the line, where every motorcycle is roll-tested prior to shipping. Over the years, thousands of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts have made the journey to York, Pennsylvania to witness passion forged in steel. At the Vaughn L. Beals Tour Center, you'll explore exhibits that detail the manufacturing and assembly processes of the factory. You'll also have the chance to sit on current production motorcycles and visit the gift shop for tour-related souvenirs. The Kids Corner, a specially designed area for visitors under the age of 12, makes the York facility an ideal family destination. Your factory tour begins with an introductory video and continues on the factory floor where you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at the people, processes and products of Vehicle Operations. You'll be guided through the manufacturing of key components and the assembly of Softail, Touring, CVO and Trike motorcycles. Then it's on to the end of the line, where every motorcycle is roll-tested prior to shipping. Over the years, thousands of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts have made the journey to York, Pennsylvania to witness passion forged in steel.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Ephrata, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Awesome rides...Awesome service.”
Reviewed 20 January 2012

Can find some great clothing deals in the back "clearance" rack. What more can I say...It's a Harley Shop. bike service is great. They won't steer you wrong here.

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York
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“Fascinating”
Reviewed 20 January 2012

Very busy but worth the wait. Fascinating tour. Tour guide was very helpful and answered our questions and explained things well.

Visited July 2011
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Harley-Davidson Factory Tour showcases an exemplar of great American production technology”
Reviewed 11 January 2012

I have toured the Harley factory twice. The latest was after recent additions to the factory, including a movie theater, the new mini-museum, motorcycle display area, and the gift shop, which made the visit well worth the ride to York from Massachusetts for me and from Arkansas for my son (active military). The tour is free. Gettysburg National Park is a stone's throw away and there is plenty of local food and lodging, the best of which is "officially" approved by Harley-Davidson. See: http://www.harley-davidson.com/en_US/Content/Pages/Factory_Tours/york.html

Visited June 2011
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Caledon, Canada
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“Absolutely worth the time - First class operation”
Reviewed 27 November 2011

We lucked out for a Friday morning tour while production was in motion. We got the see the professionals at work. All the staff in the plant greeted us with a friendly smile. Dave, our tour guide, was very knowledgable about the products and the complete facility. We asked many questions and he offered a valuable response to each one. I took many notes as I could not have possibly remembered all the details of the tour. Both my husband & I have Harley's that were born in this plant, it made us really appreciate our bikes knowing the excessive amount of detail & quality controls that go into each bike made there. It is really important to see this facilty in action so please call ahead for Fridays to ensure that production is on that day.The tour center is brand new as of this past August and the staff are really proud of it and so they should be. Before you go, bring an address or two of a special person that you would like to send a post card too anywhere in the world and the tour staff at York facilty will mail it for you at their cost, what a nice touch! Great job York Harley Team, It was so worth the drive to York, PA!

Visited November 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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“Visited and took the Tour worth a visit”
Reviewed 21 November 2011

Well organised and very interested. Company seems to want to talk to its visitors

Visited November 2011
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