It was in 2008 when Harley introduced its darker models to the bike world that the Sportster 883 Iron became a cycle celebrity, bringing along a younger breed of hipsters. Now, thanks to the recent re-launching of the Dark Custom range in Tokyo, Japan — a new generation of riders/ customizers await.
The 2016 Dark Custom range consists of the Street model, the Sportster 883 Iron and the Forty-Eight. Of course being Harley it’s not just about the bike; it’s about the way people dress, ride and live — a subculture we know and need.
The senior stylist, Japanese born U.S.-based guru Dais Nagao, purposefully designed the model with a raw feel and rough look, inspired by garage-built racers from past and present — even going as far as to ensure the paint had been selected to look good when it’s dirty. Here the lack of the shiny stuff is part of its appeal.