So you’re in the market to have your bike painted. Choosing the correct representation of you is tricky. It takes a lot of thought and a lot of planning to decide how you want your baby to look. Harley’s Core Series-Grind collection is a cool no-brainer way to get a custom look. It’s relatively inexpensive too when compared to custom paintjobs; Paint Only Sheetmetal Exchange Program is $1,899.95, but a brand-new set of Core Series–Grind tins can be had for a starting price of $1,999.95 depending on model.
The Grind Collection consists of intricate circular grinds throughout the sheetmetal around the size of a silver dollar. According to Jeff Strunk, Harley-Davidson category manager, color, comfort, and controls, “All factory paint sets start with Genuine Harley-Davidson e-coated sheetmetal (tanks, fenders) and injection-molded bodywork (fairings, side covers, saddlebags). The components are inspected, prepped, then head to the spray booth for the first coat of the design. In the case of grind, the first step is applying the grind design, followed by the color coat, logos, pinstriping, and finally the clear,” Jeff says. Customers can choose from Vivid Black, Shiny Side Up Silver, Agave Blue, Iconic Orange, Push the Boundaries Pink, and Real Fine Red (shown). Also, the Grind collection can be applied to a customer’s undamaged stock sheetmetal as part of H-D’s “Paint Only Sheetmetal Exchange” program or can be ordered already applied to a brand new set of tins. Available in Denim or a Gloss finish, the Core Series–Grind Collection is an interesting take on paint customization. Customers interested in the Grind Collection should expect a turnaround time of about 60 days. That’s from the time you ship your sheetmetal to the time it shows back up on your doorstep. And the finish is covered by a two-year factory warranty if it’s installed within 60 days of purchasing a new Harley motorcycle.
The Core Series-Grind collection is available for ’01-later Dyna and Sportster models, and ’01-later Softail models with the purchase of a separate model-specific dampening kit. Rocker models require the purchase of separate purchase of non-embossed fuel tank.
We took the long-term ’10 Wide Glide to the Harley-Davidson Fleet Center where Alan Barsi performed the paint swap. HB
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