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“Steel Toe Tour”

Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations
Ranked #1 of 4 Tours in York
Certificate of Excellence
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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, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

While planning our Gettysburg trip, I saw that the HD factory was nearby in York & we booked the steel toe tour. (They provide slip on steel toe protection if needed)
Very interesting watching the assembly line in action.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

We did the basic tour because the steel toe tour was sold out. It was still awesome. The clothing store and museum were also very nice.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

I bought the steel toe tour for a gift for my boyfriend and we both ended up loving this place! Everyone was so warm and welcoming from the woman at the checkout of the gift shop, to the info station, to the man who checked us in, to the volunteer tour guide, to the people on the floor! We had an amazing time and want to go back with others! The steel toe tour was certainly worth the money!

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Great experience.

If you arrive before the time that the tour begins (check website for precise schedule), there is a small museum and gift shop to keep you occupied.

The group tour takes place on the factory floor. Each person is given a headset, enabling you to hear the tour guide perfectly above the noise while the employees nonchalantly carry on with their jobs. The explanations were thorough and detailed, but not overwhelming. Tour guide was helpful and courteous if anyone wanted to ask additional questions as we paused at various points along the route. It definitely kept our interest completely throughout, although walking single file for much of the tour, behind the safety line, allows you to zone out if you want to just look.

The steel toe tour (see their website) provides an even closer and more detailed look than the factory tour.

Everything was well-organized without making us feel like factory products ourselves. We definitely recommend it.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank JS B
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

The steel toe tour was great. You get headsets so you can actually hear the tour guide. I would highly recommend the cost of the Steel toe tour compared to the free tour for those who are Harley riders. The steel toe tour is more detailed and takes you to more areas of the production plant.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank handymanUSA
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