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Harley-Davidson to Shut U.S. Plants Due to Coronavirus

Harley-Davidson joins other motorcycle manufacturers shutting down their plants due to the virus

Harley-Davidson is suspending production until March 29 after discovering that a worker in their Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations plant in Memomonee Falls, Wisconsin was infected with the coronavirus.

The Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations facility produces the Big Twin, Milwaukee-Eight and Sportster powertrains. Engines and transmissions produced by the plant are assembled at a plant in York, Pennsylvania.

The shutdown will effect plants in Menomonee Falls, York, Pennsylvania and Tomahawk, Wisconsin.

Workers effected by the closure will be placed on temporary layoff, but will still receive their medical benefits.

All Harley Davidson sponsored events are canceled until mid-April.

Harley joins Italian makers, Ducati, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Benelli, Vespa and MV Agusta who have all shutdown production due to the pandemic. Brembo brakes is also shutdown. KTM shutdown it’s Austria facility in mid-March for two weeks. Husqvarna and GasGas are also effected.

Yamaha suspended production in it’s factories in Italy and France.

The impact of the virus has been felt by racing fans around the world. MotoGP has canceled the first four races of the season (Qatar, Thailand, the United States and Jerez). World SuperBike and Monster Energy Supercross have also canceled events.

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