Harley-Davidson forced to stop production for two weeks

Harley-Davidson’s production has been stopped for a week, and it won’t start again for another week, after regulatory compliance issues.


Harley-Davidson announced last week (19 May 2022) that its assembly and shipment of all vehicles would have to stop.

The suspension of assembly and shipping was scheduled for two weeks, which means there are still six days before it is set to get back underway. 

Harley-Davidson’s decision to halt assembly and shipments was down to “an abundance of caution, [and] is based on information provided by a third-party supplier to Harley-Davidson late on Tuesday (5/17) concerning a regulatory compliance matter relating to the supplier's component part,” according to a statement released by the American brand.

Harley-Davidson did not elaborate on which company had given it the information regarding component compliance, so it is impossible to say which area of the production and assembly process has been affected, and caused the stoppage. 

Harley did, though, also say that the issue is not affecting LiveWire, Harley-Davidson’s electric brand, so it could be possible to assume that the issue is with components located within the combustion structures (engine, exhaust, fuel tank, for example) of Harley-Davidson’s non-electric bikes. 

The information was released by Harley-Davidson on its Investor Relations page, and the time frame for the pause in production should see it resume next week, on Thursday 2 June. The news came amid rumours of a 975 version of the Pan America adventure bike, and in the middle of new Nightster’s UK tour, which is set to end tomorrow (28 May 2022) after beginning on 12 May. 

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