There’s a huge misconception that lowriders drive nothing but classics on wire wheels, and hop from block to block. It’s actually a huge myth that’s transcended from socio-cultural ignorance and so far from the truth that many of us find it humorous. Lowriders represent a broad spectrum of individuals with varying occupations. From struggling college students all of the way to seven-figure entrepreneurs, lowriders are a good bunch and as diverse as they come.
But if you were to take the actual lowrider away from its respective owner, they would be pretty much unidentifiable, and if you were to go one step further and take a look in their garages, you’d find that they own a huge array of vehicles, ranging from Benzes and Bimmers to SUVs and sand rails. While the variety of their vehicles range from inexpensive to outright ridiculous, the one mode of transportation which seems to be a must-have (in each of their garages) is the addition of a motorcycle; specifically a Harley-Davidson.
From what we’ve seen, there’s a varying amount of bikes that you’ll see, but aside from the occasional custom-built chopper and one-off gangster bike, a majority of lowriders invest their time, pride and money into Harleys. For most, a Harley-Davidson represents more than just a bike. It represents success, achievement and hard work. It’s a bike which at one point in time (much like lowriders) were stereotyped as being owned only by rebel outlaws, but now they’ve both become associated with creativity, success, originality and a new breed of working professionals who know exactly what they want.
The stellar reputation, build and quality of a Harley-Davidson allows owners to customize their bikes, add leather seats and go to chrome heaven. But as each year passes, we’re seeing more and more lowrider styling cues taken and applied to the bikes. From custom engraved saddle bags to fully chromed bikes, custom Harleys are all the rage and it’s with no surprise that we’ve decided to take a stab at creating our own Lowrider Edition Harley-Davidson.
The customization of the Softail Deluxe was an exercise in simplicity and it was an honor to work with Harley-Davidson, as well as Los Angeles Harley-Davidson in South Gate, California, who performed the assembly, and painter “Levi” whose intricate patterns, overlays, fades and trendy water-spotting made this bike’s finish a “silver and black” attack. Levi used House of Kolor base and clearcoats, as well as charcoal silver and shades of black. Alsa Corp. supplied the gun metal flake with silver pearlescents.
We could have taken the project much more custom, but we wanted to show people what a few tricks and mods (using only H-D chrome hardware) could do to an already gorgeous bike. We think that we succeeded.