Buy Harley's test track

Yes, they actually develop them on a circuit!

Posted: 23 August 2011
by Visordown News

HARLEY'S old test track in the alligator-infested Florida Everglades is up for sale for a piffling $7.5 million.

The circuit, owned by Harley and formerly used by Ford to develop cars, is spread over a massive 531 acres of 'Big Cyprus Swamp' near Naples, Florida. And in case you've got any doubts over the nature of the local fauna, the highway that leads to it is called Alligator Alley.

Including a two-mile runway with loops at each end to allow it to be used as a four-mile circuit, a separate 1.5 mile track and other bits and pieces (skidpans, workshops/storage buildings, a heli-pad), there's a total of 6.2 miles of roads.

As befits a secret test track, it's location is what estate agents might describe as “secluded” - but you can see it here.

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Yep... just as I thought... a big long straight.

Also it has to be in a "secluded" area because Harley wouldn’t want any of their "rivals" getting a glimpse of any of their "cutting edge" technology. Seriously do you really need a test track when your design process involves rummaging through the parts bin like a kid in a pick and mix store, occasionally changing the paint and thinking up another silly name?

Posted: 23/08/2011 at 13:58

I can't believe people are surprised about this. Harley's test track is fully equipped. It has a paddock full of competing vehicles that its customers often buy, including the latest Rascal and Pride brand mobility scooters. There are support personnel that include tattooed skanks in leather halter tops and 280lb. "wives." When transporting these support personnel on the backs of new Harley models, tests are done to assure that the exhaust is adequately loud to prevent the rider from hearing them talk. The test riders are held in "waiting areas" with magazines and Harley catalogs so that they don't accidentally learn anything about servicing the motorcycles they ride. After servicing, the test riders then completely "detail" the bike prior to taking it out. If Harley discovers that they can do this in under an hour, then "engineering" adds additional chrome gew-gaws to the model to slow the process. Touring models are tested for cornering by having them go around a gentle, sweeping bend at speeds approaching 30mph. Any bike that fails to drag metal on the ground at that speed is sent back to the drawing board where it is widened and lowered prior to retest. It's a lot more complex than people think.

Posted: 23/08/2011 at 14:45

Yes this track really good my all friends ride this tack my suggestion is good track .

Posted: 24/08/2011 at 05:23

I would have thought the track would have mirrors all around so you could watch yourself going along, isnt that the main idea of a Harley?

Posted: 24/08/2011 at 06:42

In case anyone wants to zoom in more:

Posted: 24/08/2011 at 16:48

As you pass within yards of the track on the freeway it's actually another 32 miles by road to the complex! Don't you just love the American road system?

Posted: 25/08/2011 at 12:43

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