Harley-Davidson Low Rider El Diablo: A flashy, factory custom take on the ST formula

Photo: Harley-Davidson

Want sport-touring muscle and factory custom looks? Harley-Davidson has your back with the new Low Rider El Diablo. With this machine, Harley-Davidson ups the ante from the Low Rider ST’s already-flashy paint, offering a premium finish as well as other upgrades.

The paint is what you notice first; it’s handpainted by the crew at Gunslinger Custom Paint, and is intended to be an homage to the ’80s Harley-Davidson FXRT Sport Glide, one of the most influential H-D models ever made. Take a look at that OG machine, which spawned much of the styling of the current west coast custom bike scene, and the inspiration for the El Diablo is obvious.

Looks like a “club bike,” but it’s a factory machine. Photo: Harley-Davidson

Officially, Harley-Davidson describes the finish this way: “A detailed paint scheme that begins with a base of El Diablo Bright Red and a second pass of Bright Red Sunglo followed by pinstriping and layers of El Diablo Dark Red and Dark Red Pearl faded around panel shapes for depth.” You don’t get into H-D’s Icons collection with plain-jane red or black paint, do you?

The El Diablo is more than a pretty face, though. There’s also a 250-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo system which includes 5.25-inch woofers and two remote tweeters. You can control the stereo through a Bluetooth connection to your phone, of course, and that means you can stream your Spotify or other music service through your bike’s upgraded speakers.

Only 1,500 units to be built. Photo: Harley-Davidson

The fairing is re-worked for a smoother look and better-flowing aeros, and small, removable saddlebags for quick weekend runs. There’s a tall set of handlebars with a tiny gauge cluster for a minimalist look. The bike’s rear end is kicked up, and there’s a solo seat; it all works together for a look straight from the west coast custom scene.

The engine? You get an air/oil-cooled Milwaukee Eight 117 V-twin, putting out about 103 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. There’s lots of get up and go on tap, even without H-D’s latest liquid-cooled engine.

The asking price? A $34,499 MSRP in Canada. Production is limited to 1,500 units; no word on how many of those are coming here to our country. Find more details on Harley-Davidson’s Canadian website.

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