This spreading of civilization would not have been possible without the help of the mighty Roman army. Highly organized and well armed, it managed to bring under Rome’s rule about 20 percent of that time’s world population.
The Roman army also had a soft spot for bling, so its soldiers went into battle not only well-armed, but very ornate, too. Because in that age red was the color of the Roman God of War, Mars, that’s what they mostly used for the main garments hidden under their armor, in combination with colorful edges, elaborate helmets, and massive shields. An impressive (and scary) sight, for sure.
The image of an ornate Roman soldier ready to wage war against savages is exactly what this custom Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST put into my head. And not only because of the color chosen for the main body parts. The front fairing with its small windscreen looks like a soldier’s helmet complete with crest, the fuel tank and side panels are the body armor, and the bags at the rear are the sheet metal guarding the soldier’s legs.
Changes start on the ground, on which sit Metzeler Cruisetec tires that warp around custom wheels, sized 21 inches at the front and 18 inches at the rear. Quite the difference, but perfect for making the bike appear as if it leans back as it accelerates down the road.
Aside for the obvious paint job, a series of other, smaller bits add style to the ride: the covers deployed where they were needed, with the most visible one on the clutch, or the LED lights fitted front and rear. Then, we’ve got things like the custom footrest or the aftermarket saddle wrapping up the visuals.
The engine of the Low Rider still appears to be the stock one, only enhanced by means of a Dr. Jekill & Mr. Hyde exhaust system in black, for proper contrast.
Unlike many of the Thunderbike rides we get to discuss here, the Red Rush is listed as for sale by the Germans. Pricing is however a bit of info reserved for the ones truly interested in getting it. What we can tell you is that the extra parts used on this build amount, alone, to almost $9,000.