Behind Blue Rides: Harley-Davidson’s Most Expensive Motorcycle

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Harley is breathtaking, as is the price tag. We guess that’s why they call it the blues.

Harley-Davidson teamed up with Bucherer, a Swiss watch and jewelry company, to create a phenomenal and one-of-a-kind bike. The motorcycle is the Harley Davidson Blue Edition. Born from a Harley-Davidson Softail Slim S, it was handmade by Bucherer and Bündnerbike, the Swiss custom Harley-Davidson workshop. At 1.79 million dollars, it is also the world’s most expensive motorcycle. This Harley truly a sight to behold.

Creating the bike, Harley-Davidson and Bucherer employed the same precision reserved for fine watch making. The bike required 2,500 hours to create. There is a strong emphasis on details that, well, blow our mind. The motorcycle has 360 diamonds, gold-plated screws, two safes integrated into the tank, and it also boasts a one-of-a-kind watch from Carl F. Bucherer as well as several diamond rings from Bucherer; including rings on the hand grips, forks, and tank.

Bucherer Harley-Davidson Blue edition

The performance of the motorcycle was in no way an afterthought. According to Bucherer “Every metal element found on this one-of-a-kind motorcycle has been produced, welded, beaten, ground and polished by hand. The complete frame of the motorcycle is welded seamlessly, and even the rims are custom-made. The rotating camshaft is visible through a window in the camshaft housing, as are the valve control and the gold-plated throttle valves. Heat-resistant LED lights illuminate the scene. The Harley-Davidson Blue Edition is thus the world’s first motorcycle to have a motor that is lit up from the inside.”

Longtime automotive journalist S.J. Bryan has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is an editor with Ford Truck Enthusiasts and regular contributor to F-150 Online, Harley-Davidson Forums, and The Mustang Source, among other popular auto sites.

Bryan first discovered her passion for all things automotive riding in her parent's 1968 Ford Mustang. The automotive expert cut her teeth growing up riding on Harleys, and her first car was a Chevy Nova. Despite her lead foot, Bryan has yet to receive a speeding ticket.

The award-winning former playwright was first published at age 18. She has worked extensively as a writer and editor for a number of lifestyle and pop culture publications.

The diehard gearhead is a big fan of American muscle cars, sixth-gen Ford trucks, and Oxford commas.

S.J. can be reached at [email protected]

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