With a couple of movements, Dan Arnold hopped off a 2014 Harley-Davidson trike feeling rejuvenated during an open house at the Springettsbury Township factory.
"It makes you feel young again," the Dillsburg man said as he took off his helmet. "We always look forward to the open house."
Arnold said he stopped riding motorcycles a few years ago but he and his grown son, Adam, took advantage of the free test drives to feel the freedom of the open road.
The Arnolds were just two of a number of people who took the new model motorcycles for spins. Nearby a group of men looked over a new Sportster before one of them revved the engine and roared away.
"This must be the senior citizen side," Arnold joked of riding a trike.
Family affair:The father and son were just one of several family groups to attended the open house on its first day.
Husband and wife Bill and Louise Freundel rode down from their home in Mechanicsburg for their first trip to the open house.
Louise Freundel said she's met people from all walks of life through riding motorcycles with her husband.
"That's the whole thing, there's no typical rider," she said. "You don't need a tattoo."
Harley-Davidson's open house at the 1425 Eden Road factory runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is being held in conjunction with Bike Night in York City on Friday.
The motorcycle manufacturer is also sponsoring the parade that will leave the York Expo Center at 6 p.m. A party with food vendors, entertainment and bike-themed fun will follow and continue through 10 p.m. in Continental Square.
Factory fun: At the factory, Harley-Davidson will offer self-guided tours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for visitors who want to see how Softail, Touring, CVO and Trike motorcycles are assembled.
Bands are slated to perform on Friday and Saturday, and the Ball of Steel Stunt Show will also perform three shows daily.
Also as part of the festivities, attendees can check out the first motorcycle to roll off the factory's assembly line in 1973.
Owner Marc Duell of Greenville didn't realize he had the special Sportster until 2011, when he sought to have it restored for his son's 21st birthday.
A mechanic with a keen eye noticed the bike had a 0000 vehicle identification number, and Green contacted Harley-Davidson only to learn it was the first bike built in the York County factory.
In the end, Duell kept the bike for himself.
The factory now builds 65 percent of all Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
On tour: Louise Freundel said she was impressed with the tour.
"There's a sense of pride in the factory," she said. "You can almost seen the pride on the faces of the workers."
For Stewart Holmes, the trip to the factory was a homecoming of sorts. His 2010 hog was built there, and he and his daughter, Kymberli Holmes, rode up from Virginia for the day.
The elder Holmes said he's been riding for about four years and his daughter followed suit last year when she got her first Harley-Davidson.
Stewart Holmes said it was neat to see where his bike was built.
"That made it actually interesting," he said.
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