Harley-Davidson Modernized York Plant. Exporting The American Dream…

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  1. 1 Maytag Feb 25th, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Nice video – I’m sure that the folks building these machines do their best to put a well built machine into the hands of the new owner.

    It’s too bad the bean counters have squeezed every last penny from the vendors who supply them, resulting in some of the poorest quality components ever used to make the assemblies.

    But look at the stock prices!

  2. 2 TBW Feb 25th, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Looked to me like there were more robots employed there than people.

  3. 3 Sollis Feb 25th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    If company gonna have to fire this hard working people to make more profit they will , money comes first in corporate world and people whatever , the reason you see people working in this video its because they didn’t invent robot for that type of work or human labor is still cheaper then robot for today , scientist say in the world is going to change even more when micro cheap gonna cost penny’s

  4. 4 Magic Butt Feb 25th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    It’s too bad the bean counters have squeezed every last penny from the vendors who supply them, resulting in some of the poorest quality components ever used to make the assemblies.

    I agree 100% Sure the factory is more modern, how about the bikes? If Erik Buell can build a state of the art machine for the purposes intended whay can’t Harley? Isn’t it time for an upgrade to liquid cooling, one piece crankshafts and overhead cams? I don’t think Harley is willing to take the challenge of creating a machine like that, not that they CAN’T but they just won’t. Eventually the rest of the world (China, Russia etc.) will realize they are buying into the last of the dinosaurs. The guys on the production floor have heart and soul, the guys in the accounting offices and boardroom do not!

  5. 5 Richard Mesley Feb 25th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Great PR video. I think Harley got it right and will remain the HARLEY the world likes.

  6. 6 Matt Feb 26th, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Not quite sure if this video is aimed more at customers or investors. I’m glad Harley was able to streamline it’s production to be more profitable but I don’t think they should mistaken assembling for “building”.

  7. 7 MDSPHOTO Feb 26th, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I’m not sure I understand all the concerns about bean counters squeezing vendors for the least costly parts? Americans have shown they have certain price points that they will not exceed for products and HD is doing what they can to maintain costs so you will buy more of their products.

  8. 8 Yale Feb 26th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I have been involved in the custom and repair motorcycle business for 42 years. I remember when 90% of our work was repairing Harley’s and trying to keep them running. In 1974 Harley was on strike and you couldn’t get parts to fix brand new Harley’s that were not running. I remember when you walked into a Harley store and every new bike had a pan under it to catch the oil. Very few of us would ever travel without tools for there was a good chance we would need them. Most of our Harley customers walked into our shop because they needed to not because they wanted to.
    Today 90% of our customers see us because they want to make their Harley’s go faster or look better. They like to come to our shop. Our customers have no idea about traveling with tools because they don’t need them. Harley has come a long way and what is wrong with making profit? I sure like to make money. A lot of the profit is reinvested to keep improving the Harleys we ride. Any way you look at it the majority of parts are built in America which has a domino effect of work and creates jobs for many Americans in many industries.
    Lets hope that Harley keep making a lot of profit and is around for another 109 years

  9. 9 Vinnie Feb 26th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    People should be happy and proud they have such a strong company as Harley Davidson making motorcycles in USA. I only wish we could have Harley Davidson here in Sydney Australia building bikes and helping the economy .

  10. 10 BobS Feb 26th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Magic Butt see V Rod. Harley will build it, their loyal customers won’t buy it.

  11. 11 Toby Feb 26th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    For those that have been to previous HD factories you might note the absence of much infrastructure in this video. The York facility is a flexible modular assembly factory that does not need the huge (expensive) fixed conveyor systems. Many auto factories are going this route. Each bike has it’s own platform to ride around on. All the support systems can be rolled around and set up at each station. Sure, flexibility is great for any factory, but the downside to this is that the entire factory could be loaded up and moved somewhere else in about a week. Unions paying attention?

    …and I don’t care how accurate a robot can paint a pin stripe. It’s just not right…

  12. 12 Trainiac Feb 27th, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Bob S. I don’t know what Harley was thinking with the V-Rod. Nice motor, what they should have done is made it able to be fit into the touring platforms as a choice or design a newer touring bike that was powered by that motor. Ridden enough of them (stock) to realize it’s absolutely no competition for the import muscle bikes I just don’t know what Harley was thinking when they introduced this bike. Many years later, still hardly ever see any on the road. I think the fact that Polaris was able to start an entire company from the ground up and in less than 10 years produce a product superior in every tangible way to their competition says a lot about Harley.

  13. 13 Joe Feb 27th, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Cool video; nicely done!

  14. 14 Ben Feb 27th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Great people talk about ideas
    Average people talk about things
    Small people talk about other people

  15. 15 Ben Feb 27th, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    oops, meant to leave that on the previous topic.

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