No doubt that the recently launched Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two model is the most attractive Sportster of the line-up. Pleasing both the nostalgic of the early choppers and the new generation of riders and custom builders tapping into the vibe of this era characterized by motorcycles with flake paint, pinstripes, peanut tanks, ape bars and narrow whitewall tires. A custom style very particular to America and born in South California.
But dipping back into history of the 70’s is not the reason why the Sportster Seventy-Two is called the Seventy-Two. This number does not make reference to the calendar year but to Whittier Boulevard, the legendary cruising street in East Los Angeles also known as Route 72 and considered the birthplace of everything custom and of choppers in particular. This place was and is still under heavy Latino cultural influence and for those who don’t know Mexican Americans and self-proclaimed Chicanos are those who at the time imposed this chopper styling and the hard candy flake paint job that they applied on everything on wheels, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, buggies, etc.