The Harley-Davidson Enthusiast Collection has unveiled a new limited-edition series of motorcycles called Fast Johnnie that draw inspiration from high-performance muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s.
Harley-Davidson unveils its Fast Johnnie trio, a new addition to its Enthusiast Motorcycle Collection, which celebrates muscle car culture and racing heritage. This limited edition design will be available on three 2023 Harley-Davidson models: the Low Rider ST, the Street Glide ST, and the Road Glide ST, with a maximum production of 2,000 units of each model worldwide.
The Fast Johnnie paint scheme is influenced by design themes seen on powerful muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s., incorporating racing stripes on top of Celestial Blue and an image of a cool mascot. These design elements were originally used to clearly distinguish between the standard version and the high-performance version of a car.
The Fast Johnnie image found on the left side of the fuel tank is also present in the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle factory team motorcycles that compete in the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers series. Its inspiration comes from the tale of a piglet called Johnnie.
In 1920, Ray Weishaar, a Harley-Davidson racer and member of the notorious “Wrecking Crew,” adopted Johnnie as the team’s mascot. After a race, Johnnie would frequently perch on a motorcycle fuel tank for a victory lap, and it’s commonly believed that the term “Hog,” which is still used to this day to refer to anything Harley-Davidson related, is derived from this mascot.
The striping varies depending on the motorcycle model, and can be found on the front and rear fenders, fuel tank top and sides, front of the fairing, and side covers and saddlebags. The rear fender bears the Enthusiast Motorcycle Collection logo. One of the thin stripe elements is replaced with the “Harley-Davidson” script on the tank and front fender.
The Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST has a clean West Coast style and uses the powerful Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-Twin engine. This model has special styling features such as a celestial blue colorway with custom white detailing, an Enthusiast Collection logo on the rear fender, and a graphic on both sides of the fuel tank: Fast Johnnie on the left and the Bar & Shield logo on the right.
The Street Glide ST combines powerful performance and sleek style for riders who want the best of both worlds. The Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine packs a punch, while the West Coast design influences and dark-and-bronze finishes make a bold statement. Despite the edgy look, the Street Glide ST maintains its comfortable ride and classic batwing fairing.
The Road Glide ST rounds out the Fast Johnnie Enthusiast Collection trio. Like the others, it has a Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine. The black-and-bronze finishes and West Coast styling make it stand out from other performance baggers. This bike offers comfort and a fixed fairing that resembles a shark nose.
“The striping graphic effect is a powerful signal to the generation that came of age during this era, and is still impactful today. The Celestial Blue base color selected for Fast Johnnie recalls a popular tone from the muscle car era. For the graphic striping, we created a custom white color formulated to authentically reflect the era, executed in a classic thin-wide-thin pattern on the sides and top of the motorcycle bodywork. The look is a nod to pure Americana.” – Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Design and Creative Director.
There will only be 2000 of each model produced globally. Visit the H-D website for more information on pricing and ordering.