Bucherer like blue. We knew that already from their pretty impressive collection of exclusive watches. In that respect, they are to blue what Harrods is to green. That said, it looks like they’ve just gotten one up on the legendary department store – at least, we’ve never seen a Harley Davidson rolling down the Egyptian escalator.
The Harley Davidson Blue Edition is magnificent. Based on the Softail Slim S, it might be the same machine but you’d never know it from the outside. Swiss extreme customisation experts Bündnerbike have entirely redesigned the seamlessly-welded frame, but really that’s the least of the craziness here.
First, let’s talk about that blue. It’s not just any run-of-the-mill paint job. First the parts were silver-plated – slightly pricier than most undercoats – before six coatings of the nearly iridescent colour were applied. Apparently it’s some secret technique handed down from each master bike maker to their successor. Or something. Either way, it’s stunning.
That though wouldn’t be quite enough to make this such a headline-stealing Harley. It also happens to be (probably) the world’s first high jewellery bike. The handles and forks are actually set with rings from Bucherer’s fine jewellery collection, with a larger version of the Dizzler on the left half of the tank.
There are even a pair of safes hidden about the bike, both already filled. The first, underneath a dome of armoured glass, holds a 5.4-carat solitaire ring while the other, located under the right half of the tank, houses a watch. That watch is a unique version of the Patravi TravelTec II with a few motorcycle parts on the dial.
So what’s the cost for a high-jewellery, extremely limited edition bike that took 2,500 of man hours to create? £1.3 million. It’s hefty, but hopefully that price won’t leave you feeling blue.
More at: bucherer.com