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Harley-Davidson to move testing operations

Harley-Davidson reached an agreement with Chrysler to test its bikes at the automaker’s Arizona Proving Grounds in Yucca, Ariz., according to a H-D press release.

H-D will start moving its operations from its current Arizona facilities in Mesa in April. The company will be fully moved by July 1. The agreement was initiated when General Motors said it was going to sell the Mesa testing facility, where H-D currently leases for testing.

Harley-Davidson will occupy several buildings at the Arizona Proving Grounds’ 3,650-acre facility and use an existing five-mile, high-speed, banked oval track for vehicle testing. Harley also will construct a durability road and a vehicle dynamics road course that will be used exclusively for Harley-Davidson and Buell testing.

Senior Vice President Ron Hutchinson said, “We are pleased with the new facility and anticipate a smooth transition with little impact to our continued ability to test current and future Harley-Davidson and Buell motorcycles.”

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