Harley-Davidson unveils Low Rider El Diablo - Limited to 1,500 units

By Gokul, 02 September 2022

Only 1,500 units will be made, featuring hand-applied custom paint

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Harley-Davidson has taken the wraps off the Low Rider El Diablo, the latest offering in its limited-edition Icons Collection program.

Global production of the model will be limited to a one-time build of 1,500 serialized examples, which are scheduled to reach authorized Harley-Davidson dealers this year.

In a nod to an American West Coast custom styling trend, the Low Rider El Diablo features panelled hand-applied paint scheme and an audio system powered by Rockford Fosgate.

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“The Low Rider El Diablo is a modern expression of the iconic 1983 Harley-Davidson FXRT and a representation of the creative times it was born in,” said Brad Richards, Vice President of Design and Creative Director – Motorcycles Harley-Davidson.  

“It embodies the spirit of counterculture in Southern California in the ‘80s in a contemporary package that features meticulously crafted custom paint, including pinstripe trajectories that nod directly to those of the original FXRT.”

Underpinned by the Harley-Davidson Softail chassis, the Low Rider El Diablo, which is powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 117 powertrain,  transforms the look of the Low Rider ST model with the addition of a detailed paint scheme applied by Gunslinger Custom Paint.

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The paint scheme begins with a base of El Diablo Bright Red and a second pass of Bright Red Sunglo. The red pinstripes are masked off, and a layer of El Diablo Dark Red and Dark Red Pearl is faded around the panel shapes to add depth.

After masking, a layer of El Diablo Dark Red Metallic is applied to surround the El Diablo Bright Red colour, with a fade effect where the colours meet to add depth. 

When the masking is removed El Diablo Bright Red pinstripes are revealed on the saddlebags, tank sides, fenders and fairing. Pale Gold pinstriping is then hand-applied within the El Diablo Bright Red panels. The El Diablo Bright Red Sunglo is formulated with a tinted clear element to create a “candy” effect.

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All the funky painting on the Low Rider El Diablo was hand-applied by the artisans at Gunslinger Custom Paint in Golden, Colorado.

The Gunslinger roster of nationally-known painters, designers, artists and manufacturing team leaders has decades of experience as a supplier of custom-painted components for Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations motorcycles and Limited Edition paint sets.

That being said, whether the Low Rider El Diablo will come to Malaysia remains unknown for now, but there is a possibility as the Low Rider ST is available here. 

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