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5 millionth motorcycle rolled off Harley-Davidson assembly line

Harley Davidson's 5 millionth motorcycle produced has rolled off the assembly line in York, Pennsylvania

On May 8, Harley Davidson made history when the 5 millionth motorcycle produced rolled off the assembly line in York, Pennsylvania, and onto the road.

The 5 millionth bike produced was a Heritage Classic, purchased by a very happy Walter Barlett in Wausau, Wisconsin.

The story of Harley-Davidson’s Vehicle Operations began just before World War Two when the U.S. Navy commissioned a Milwaukee based factory to meet the urgent demand for anti-aircraft guns.

In 1973, Harley-Davidson motorcycle production moved from Milwaukee to York with Ironhead Sportster and Shovelhead FL models being mass produced there. The York factory still produces motorcycles today, for the United States and the rest of the World.

Although good ol’ Walter Barlett fits the classic Harley-Davidson customer stereotype, the company is keeping up with the times; introducing the LiveWire, their first electric production motorcycle. It’s the first in a line of electric motorcycles which will change the future of Harley-Davidson, with the archaic V-twin motor no longer being that which makes a Harley, a Harley.

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