Harley-Davidson unveiled the latest member of its Icons Collection with a devilish take on the Low Rider ST. Limited to a production run of just 1,500 models, the 2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider El Diablo introduces a custom red paint job and a factory-installed Rockford Fosgate audio system for a price of $27,999. The El Diablo joins last year’s Revival in Harley-Davidson’s Icons Collection, a series of limited edition models inspired by key bikes in the company’s past. In the case of the El Diablo, Harley-Davidson turned to the 1983 FXRT Sport Glide that first introduced this style of frame-mounted fairing. As a nod to the Sport Glide while connecting it to the new Low Rider ST, the El Diablo receives the model designation “FXRST”. “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,” says Brad Richards, vice president of design and creative director of 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.”

The 1983 Harley-Davidson FXRT Sport Glide.

The special paint scheme was applied by Gunslinger Custom Paint of Golden, Colo., a long-time supplier of custom painted components for Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations models. It begins with an El Diablo Bright Red with a pass of Bright Red Sunglo. The pinstriped areas are then masked off as dark red fade is applied. A metallic dark red is then added to create a sense of depth. Pale Gold pinstriping is then hand-applied to the masked areas before a Bright Red Sunglo layer with a tinted clear element finishes things off, creating what Harley-Davidson calls a “candy” effect. The styling is completed by black finishes on the powertrain, front end, and exhaust, while the cast aluminum wheels receive a Matte Dark Bronze finish. The Low Rider El Diablo comes fitted with a Rockford Fosgate-powered audio system with a pair of 5.25-inch woofers and two remote tweeters, with sound delivered through a 250-watt amp mounted within the fairing. The audio system uses Bluetooth 4.2 and connects to a mobile app that offers features such as a seven-band EQ and Automatic Volume Control which adjusts the volume to compensate for vehicle speed. Apart from the color and the audio, the El Diablo is similar to the Low Rider ST. It shares the same Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-Twin engine, claiming 103 hp at 4,750 rpm and 125 lb-ft. at 3,500 rpm. The suspension, brakes, and dimensions are also similar, though the audio system raises the El Diablo’s weight by seven pounds to a claimed 728 pounds. The 2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider El Diablo arrives in dealerships in the fall, with a price of $27,999.
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