The Von Dutch
1979 Harley-Davidson 80ci FXS Low Rider
Frame no. 6E53186H9
Engine no. 6E53186H9
"So the Low Rider went into the record books as benchmark machine, a thumping success in a market that had begun to decline in terms of overall sales for Milwaukee. The FXS became a beacon of hope, just as the AMF partnership was going sour and the future of the Harley-Davidson Company was a dubious prospect." - Tod Rafferty, The Complete Harley-Davidson Encyclopedia.
The motorcycling worlds biggest and most widely recognized brand, Harley-Davidson has been synonymous with rugged, uncompromising individualism for more than one hundred years. Large-capacity v-twins have been Harleys stock-in trade since the Edwardian era, their various incarnations progressing through countless technological developments that continue to this day. Towards the end of AMFs 1970s stewardship though, the companys future looked less than assured, so the success of the Low Rider was all the more welcome. Styled by Willie G Davidson and introduced for 1977, the Low Rider was the latest in the FX custom/cruiser line that had commenced in 1971 with the Super Glide. But whereas the latter was positioned mid-way between the Electra Glide and Sportster, the Low Rider was a bolder statement altogether. Its raked out forks, stepped seat and minimalist looks were clearly a nod in the direction of the chopper movement, which had been re-styling Harleys in this manner for decades. Low and mean-looking, the first Low Rider set new standards of cool among production motorcycles that have yet to be surpassed today.
This Low Rider was painted (and signed) by Von Dutch in 1980 for Danny Brucker, who had acquired it in a trade in 1979 with a gentleman from Texas. At the time, Von Dutch was employed at the Brucker brothers Movie World: Cars of the Stars Museum at Buena Park. Von Dutch was a very talented fabricator, and besides pin-striping, he also fabricated a number of guns and knives. In 1979, Brucker traded some of these Dutch-made guns and knives for two new Harley-Davidsons, one of which is that offered here. Painted for Danny Brucker by Dutch, it features the famous flying eyeball, which in this case has a tiny Von Dutch signature on it that was done by Dutch using a brush with a single camelhair bristle.
When the vendor acquired this machine in 1985 it had recorded 6,000 miles, to which he has added approximately a further 13,000, riding it to Daytona, Sturgis and other important motorcycle events. Offered with Certificate of Title.