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krono
28th April 2008, 00:02
Well, this is new for me, but seems that Harley makes bikes on Brazil too.
A friend from sportster.org told me and I did a google search to find more.

So, any non-USA sportster??
The code of my VIN number says both were done in USA, with the K, Plant of Manufacture (Kansas City, KS)

I don't know what code do they put (if they put) if the machine was made in Brazil.

I found this info about the plant:
http://www.suframa.gov.br/publicacoes/site_pim/english/duasrodas.htm


HARLEY DAVIDSON DO BRASIL LTDA

Brazil's Harley Davidson Ltd is a company of the
Harley-Davidson Holding Co. Inc. and Harley-Davidson
Motor Company Group Inc., and produces motorcycles in
the Industrial Pole of Manaus ,PIM, since 1999. The
factory of the Industrial Pole of Manaus, PIM, is part
of the strategy of the group to increase its
participation in the Brazilian market. The motorcycles
manufactured in Manaus go through exhaustive tests of
quality in order to assist the international pattern
of the group. The line of products of the
Harley-Davidson of Brazil Ltd, is constituted of the
following models: Fat Boy, Heritage Classic, Standard
Custom, and Night Train.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON DO BRASIL LTDA.
RUA SÃO JOSÉ, 169 GALPÃO 6 E 7 - ALEIXO
CEP: 69083-010
MANAUS - AM - BRAZIL
FAX: +55 (092) 638-5202
+55 (092) 639-2100 / 671-2828

pbudrovic
28th April 2008, 00:10
wow, this is the news for me. ???

PaulDM
2nd May 2008, 20:43
No Sporty's, there deprived...

krono
2nd May 2008, 20:55
But, nobody is surprised that actually Harley makes bikes outside USA?? I was shocked when I found out this...

krono
2nd June 2008, 23:56
more info that I found googling:

The Harley-Davidson assembly line in Brazil (which is controlled by HD headquarters in WI) put out yearly about 3.000 motorcycles

It put together Softail (except Springers) and Touring models, and now for the 08 they started also assembling Dyna and Sportster. VRSC and CVO's are still shipped fully assembled from USA.

The motorcycles build are for consumption locally, hence the fact that the VIN starts differently.

in US the VIN starts as 1HD1
for international Mkts 5HD1
and Brazilian Assembled bikes 9321 (no HD in the VIN- 9=St America, Brazil - 32= HD)

khaskins
3rd June 2008, 01:17
Japan had a license to manufacture Harley's before World War II. That license ended after Pearl Harbor.

Here is a web site with a great HD history:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harley-Davidson