Pickard USA’s Chulita Street Glide

Flake and airbrush make for a very full-bodied paint job

I originally built this bike back in 2013 to display all the new Pickard USA products we were manufacturing at the time. I picked [the bike] up at an auction and it was smashed in the front end, but the frame checked out to be straight. The frame was already painted Sedona Orange, so we decided to base the color scheme around that. We had our painter lay down a coat of Sedona Orange with a heavy metalflake, then sent it to Quitero Luciano (King's Custom Airworks) for the airbrush work. At the time, it wasn't very common to see a lowrider paint job on a bagger, so we told King to roll with it and he blew us away. Since we built this bike as a parts display, we decided to keep it pretty mild to give our customers an idea of what they could do to their bagger to make it stand out from the crowd.

The thing that stands out about [our Chulita Street Glide] has to be King's paint job. Everywhere I go people are drawn to the detail and time that went into this paint scheme. From the bass boat flake to the airbrushed shadows, it has always been an eye grabber. I'd say the paint draws people's attention to the bike, then they start noticing all the parts we manufacture and start asking about fitments for their own bike. That was the whole goal of building Chulita, so hats off to the Pickard crew!

I’d say the most difficult part was to keep the build reasonable, since we have access to a whole product line of parts. Originally we were going to build a 30-inch stretched-out bagger with our longer bags, etc., but we knew that isn't something most people could relate to. Everything on this bike was a bolt-on part, which the average guy could install in his garage. This bike was built for riders to give them an idea of what they could realistically build and tackle themselves and be proud to take to bike nights and shows.

2011 Harley-Davidson FLHX

Born a 2011 Harley-Davidson FLHX, Pickard USA exorcised the stock right out of it.

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airbrushing

Silver, orange, and gold give the bike lots of color, but the shading in the airbrushing bring it depth.

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fender design details

Curved lines flow in tandem with the front fender.

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Mini Swag Bag rear end package

Out back, the shop installed its complete Mini Swag Bag rear end package, which includes side covers, replacement rear fender, and 4.5-inch Swag Bags.

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motorcycle speakers and bag lids

No stereo speakers were hurt in the making of these lids.

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Pickard USA Chulita Street Glide

Bolt-on bagger parts sure have come a long way. Two decades ago, could you have easily gotten an off-the-shelf saddlebags and fender combo like this?

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23-inch bolt-on front end package

In the front, the shop installed its own 23-inch bolt-on front end package, floorboards, foot control set, tank extension, and dash kit.

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motorcycle gas tank

The dash and extended tank, looking good.

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front fender

In this overview of the front fender, you get a real close look at how shadows and highlights made the paint pop.

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chrome air cleaner and cams

The Twin Cam mill weighs in at 103 cubes and sports not just a new air cleaner but Screamin’ Eagle 255 cams to boot.

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