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.
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.
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.