Blackbird is largely made up of metal. If the metal isn’t painted then it is chromed. Well almost. Probably for reasons of cost, Harley-Davidson decided to not chrome two unpainted metal components – the hand levers and the front shocks absorbers.
A while ago I replaced the stock hand levers with chromed ones. The bare aluminium ones were getting stained due to contact with my fingers and riding gloves, no matter how much time I spent cleaning them. The chromed hand levers not only looked good they also felt divine when riding without gloves.
The bare aluminium shock absorbers started oxidising, I’m assuming because I live near the sea.
Nevertheless, Harley-Davidson offered to replace them for free under warranty. But I decided to do something better. I chose to replace the stock shock absorbers with chromed ones as I have no intention of relocating away from the sea. They agreed and I ended up paying the difference.
This was before.
And this is after
Something my HOG brothers and sisters living along the coastline may want to consider doing as well.