6427 Miles: A Tour of America
By Gerard Forgnone
Monday, September 23, 2013
Kansas City, Missouri to WaKeeney, Kansas
I spent the night at an RV park in North Kansas
City, Missouri, so I could tour the Harley-Davidson factory
nearby. This is the factory where my VRod motorcycle
was built. They also build Sportster
and Street models there. The building is in the middle of
a field, near the Kansas City airport.
Harleys get to park close. Other brands, not so
much! I was really surprised at how few Vrods were in the
parking lot. I think there were two.
is probably one of the first Vrod's off the assembly
line, a 2002 model. The factory tour does not
allow photography, so all I could capture were
images in the waiting room. The factory does
look just like the image on the wall here.
Bikes are clamped to carriers that run on tracks all
through the factory.
follows is a series of images of display engines in
the waiting area. Not really exciting if you
don't have one of these motorcycles, but I was
assembled motorcycle clamped to moving carriage.
that was all I could show you. The tour was
awesome, though! Harley Davidson requests that
you sign up in advance. I was there on a
Monday, and the tours were all full.
Below is an image from Interstate 70, headed
fell, and I made it to a KOA Kampground in WaKeeney,
Kansas. It's pretty flat there!
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