[Journalists were treated to an expanded version of the new-ish "Steel Shoe" plant tour, which offers any interested visitor an inside look at how some of Harley-Davidson's most popular models—including all but one of the Dark Customs (the Softail Slim is built in York, PA)—are built. It's actually an amazing process, mixing the cutting edge manufacturing technology with a surprising amount of old-school human labor. One on hand, there are an awful lot of robots and an amazing array of lasers—and if you've never seen laser welding, which uses an 18,000-watt beam of focused light to fuse two pieces of steel, like, for example, two halves of a fuel tank, it really is amazing and almost magical. But all of this modern technology is balanced with a remarkable amount of elbow grease. Though robots weld the bulk of the frames, each one is painstakingly inspected and finish-welded by hand; same with the fuel tanks, which are also individually pressure tested, in a basin sink, by quality control staff. And despite the $83 million worth of cleaning, etching, painting, and powder-coating apparatus installed in Kansas City, rest assured that your Sporty, Dyna, or V-Rod paint was buffed, polished, and finished by human hands.