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Takeaway points from White Rose Thunder: A photo essay

I spent the day Thursday at White Rose Thunder, a four-day motorcycle event at the York Expo Center.

I had a blast.

Why am I covering this, you ask?

Because I’m the manufacturing reporter. I get to cover Harley-Davidson’s York plant, which also means learning about various biker-y things that come my way.

When I took this job more than a year ago, I knew virtually nothing about motorcycles. To be honest, I still don’t know a whole lot, but I’m learning.

So, in honor of learning, here’s a list of takeaway points from White Rose Thunder captured with my iPhone 4S: Continue reading

York County motorcycle shop gives disabled brother the ‘ride of his life’

Originally published on Page A1 of the York Daily Record/Sunday News on Sunday, December 4, 2011.

A disabled man had a wish to ride again. His brother set out to fulfill it. © 2011 York Daily Record/Sunday News -- Paul Kuehnel

By LAUREN BOYER 
Daily Record/Sunday News

York, PA – After emerging from a nine-month coma, Adam Boxleitner twisted his tattooed wrists into a biker’s grip.

“I want to ride,” he told his family, from a wheelchair at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.

The year was 2004. His head still ached from a cracked skull and battered brain, scars of a motorcycle crash that nearly claimed his life.

But Adam — like many diehard gearheads before him — desired few things more than the chance to ride again. Continue reading

At Harley, a new way of doing things

Originally published on Page A1 of the York Daily Record/Sunday News on Sunday, June 5, 2011. 

By LAUREN BOYER 
Daily Record/Sunday News

York, PA — A fleet of automated guided carriers — robotic smart carts —

perform a mechanical ballet along the concrete floor of a building once solely reserved for making Harley-Davidson Softail motorcycles.

Automated guided carriers at Harley-Davidson's York County factory.

By August, more than 100 of the orange go-cart-sized bots will snake through on five rows of thin magnetic tape, carrying in-process Trike, Touring and Softail motorcycles through a futuristic assembly line that can be reconfigured within days to meet production demand.

There’s change happening at Harley.

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