- 70th Anniversary
Bad luck in planning and destiny takes its toll
The precise date and timing of moving the motorcycle final assembly line from Milwaukee to York is still disputed – presumably because it didn’t go off without problems and frustration. Contemporary witnesses are hard to find. Sources report that the task was performed 1971-72 – and AMF put a lot of money into the restructuring and the modernization of production. The new final assembly line in York also had to be set up from scratch, as the York factory itself had been erected during WWII to manufacture anti-aircraft guns and ammunition.
The 1973 “Super Glide” was a sales success from Willie G. Davidson’s design school. “The great American Freedom Machine” was the slogan for all Sportster and Big Twin models, but Harley now had a very “colorful” program of two- and four-strokes.