Harley Davidson Factory Tours
York, PA

Harley Davidson Tour Center

Only a few miles from York, Pennsylvania's historic downtown is the Harley Davidson manufacturing facility - home of the popular Harley Davidson factory tours. The York assembly facility was established in 1973 and at 1.5 million square feet, it is Harley Davidson's largest manufacturing facility. Production models made at this site include the Touring and Softail models along with limited production and factory-custom motorcycles.

Insider Tip: In late 2009, the company was strongly considering shuttering the York operation, thereby putting an end to Harley Davidson factory tours in York. However, good news prevailed! With a new seven year contract approved in December 2009, the York operation is scheduled to stay open through at least 2016.

What to See & Do

Vaughn L. Beals Tour Center - Visitors are invited to hop on any of the bikes in the center's lobby. Don't forget the camera. This is a great photo op for little kids and big ones too! The tour center also houses a photo exhibit and the Kids Rally Zone where children can partake in activities including coloring and working on a giant motorcycle puzzle. There is a 15 minute movie that highlights the company's history.

Harley Davidson mug

Of course, a visit to the tour center wouldn't be complete without a stop in the gift shop where you can find every type of Harley Davidson stuff imaginable. The gift shop is open from 9am - 4pm Monday through Friday with varied hours on holidays. The shop is also open select Saturdays in summer from 10am - 2pm.

Insider Tip: If you are planning to take the Harley Davidson factory tour, head directly to the ticket booth upon your arrival at the tour center. Space is limited on each tour and tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis. You can always visit the lobby attractions and gift shop while you wait for your tour time or after your tour is finished.

Harley Davidson Factory Tours - This tour is not a simulation. It is a true behind the scenes look at a real manufacturing process - something that is getting harder to come by these days. Harley Davidson Factory tours Since the tour takes place on the actual production floor, be prepared for a high noise level. The tour, which lasts about an hour, is led by knowledgeable guides who will explain each phase of the manufacturing process. Audio headsets are provided so that you can hear the guide above the factory noise.

The highlight of the tour comes at the end of the line where every Harley Davidson bike is roll-tested at speeds of about 70 mph prior to crating and shipping.

Insider Tip: Groups of 10 or more can get a pre-booked tour time.

Harley Davidson Factory Tour Open House - Held each year in late September, this three day extravaganza includes self-guided factory tours, bike demos, musical entertainment, test rides, food and of course, shopping for more Harley Davidson stuff! Note that the test rides are very popular, so sign up early to snag a spot. Test riders must be licensed and have a DOT certified helmet.

Good to Know
  • Harley Davidson factory tours are held 9am - 2pm, Monday through Friday. Tours are not offered on major holidays, during year end maintenance or during production changes. From early June through late August, tours are available on Saturdays from 9:30am - 1pm. Prior to making a trip to the tour center, call 877-883-1450 for current tour times.

  • No cameras are allowed in the plant, however, photos and video are allowed in the tour center.

  • Children under the age of 12 are not allowed on the Harley Davidson factory tour and those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children of any age are welcome in the tour center.

  • Tour participants must wear closed toe, low-heeled shoes for safety purposes.

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