Harley-Davidson turns up the heat with latest Icon

Harley-Davidson have lifted the covers off their latest super rare, ultra-limited Icon Collection motorcycle. Known as the El Diablo, it’s the second bike in the series, this time based on the popular Low Rider ST.

Sure to be hit among enthusiasts, each example is individually numbered, with the El Diablo joining the stunning Electra Glide Revival, which was quickly snapped up last year. The new bike is a nod to the American West Coast custom styling trend too.

The Low Rider El Diablo combines lean performance and sport-touring versatility, with a stunning hand applied paint scheme, along with the sonic power of Harley-Davidson Audio, 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,” Harley-Davidson VP of design and creative director Brad Richards said.

“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.”

2022 Harley-Davidson El Diablo Icon Edition
2022 Harley-Davidson El Diablo Icon Edition

Each Icon in the collection will celebrate Harley-Davidson’s signature colours, designs, parts and of course the latest technology. The Low Rider El Diablo is no exception, and features hard bags and a frame-mounted fairing.

The taut handling capability of the Softail chassis and the V-Twin muscle of a Milwaukee-Eight 117 powertrain deliver exceptional performance. The detailed paint scheme has been applied by the team at Gunslinger Paint.

The colour package is formed from 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.

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 found 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 too.

2022 Harley-Davidson El Diablo Icon Edition
2022 Harley-Davidson El Diablo Icon Edition

Black finishes on the powertrain, front end and exhaust highlight the El Diablo paint scheme, while Radiate cast-aluminium wheels are finished in contrasting Matte Dark Bronze.

Harley-Davidson’s Low Rider El Diablo features factory-installed audio, with a powerful, intelligent amplifier, with digital signal processing (DSP) technology, developed jointly by Harley-Davidson and Rockford Fosgate.

Designed to perfectly fit the custom fairing, the sound system is engineered to perform in the demanding motorcycle environment. It connects to a mobile device via Bluetooth too, allowing you to play stored or streaming audio through a pair of built-in two-way Speakers.

Global production of the Harley-Davidson Low Rider El Diablo will be limited to a one-time build of 1,500 serialised examples, scheduled to reach dealers in the coming weeks. It has a ride away price of $39,995 in Australia and $42,750 in New Zealand.

For further information, please contact your local Harley-Davidson dealer.

2022 Harley-Davidson El Diablo Icon Edition
2022 Harley-Davidson El Diablo Icon Edition
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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