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26 August 2022
Harley-Davidson has a new Apex factory custom paint option for a number of their touring models.
This is inspired by the motorcycle company’s long competition history, a racing legacy that started more than a century ago.
There were hill climbs, enduros, and the most American of all racing events, the fairground flat track.
These days there’s the King of the Baggers championship.
If you haven’t seen this already, then you need to catch up with some of the series. Watching these things coming down the hill at Laguna Seca at full chat, with a set of panniers on the back of each one, is inspirational to say the least.
This mimics the shape of the tank on the legendary XR750 flat track racer.
On models with a fairing, the graphic sweeps back to meet the tank graphic and leads with an angle that suggests speed.
The lines on the front mudguard have a strong visual connection to those on the side covers, as well as the panniers.
This creates a wonderful a flowing effect that draws the eye to the bike.
Starting with a base of vivid black paint, a clever graphic element adds Gauntlet Gray panels.
These are surrounded by an accent stripe of Jet Fire Orange.
Each panel is cleverly designed with inner drop shadows and a wonderfully subtle Bar & Shield pattern.
Once again, the effect was inspired by the chequered fade seen on the race bikes.
Finally, a layer of clear coat paint is applied.
All of this beautiful art is done in-house at Harley-Davidson’s plant.
The Apex custom paint will be available as a factory-installed option for the Road King Special, Street Glide models and Ultra Limited, regardless of in chrome and or black finish option. It’s also available on all four Road Glide models.
Custom painted parts such as the Tour-Pak luggage carriers and custom front fenders painted to match the Apex paint scheme will be available.