- The Gobstopper (My own photo)

      Motorcycle Live - Grayson Perry's Harley Davidson Custom Paint Artwork

      Harley Davidson FXSTB Soft Tail Night Train AKA 'The Gobstopper'

      If you like custom bikes and custom paint jobs you can see plenty of examples at the NEC Motorcycle Live Show, which is still on this coming weekend. This Harley Davidson caught my eye with its truly mad psychadelic paint job.

      The Gobstopper (My own photo)

      The Gobstopper (My own photo)

      Designed and owned by a Turner Prize winner

      Owned and designed by the world famous artist and flamboyant dresser Grayson Perry, the bike is a 2007 Harley Davidson FXSTB Soft Tail Night Train with a 1687cc twin cam engine and hand built exhaust system. The paintwork was applied line by line and took 150 hours at a cost of £8,500 to complete and was painted by Image Design Custom.

      The Gobstopper (My own photo

      The Gobstopper (My own photo

      The bike is as flamboyant as its owner and was the wildest of all the custom paint jobs on display at the show.

      The Gobstopper (My own photo)

      The Gobstopper (My own photo)

      An ongoing love of wildly painted Harley Davidsons

      It isn't the first wild custom paint work that Grayson Perry has had on a Harley Davidson, the Turner prize winning artist is known for his cross dressing and his alter ego ‘Claire’, he is less known for his love of Harley Davidsons. In 2016 Perry toured halfway across Europe on a pink decorated Harley carrying his teddy bear, known as Alan Measles, in a glass shrine on the back. Perry explained he had seen the pope mobile and his bear deserved nothing less, I guess it's having that mindset that's what makes him a Turner Prize winner!

      Grayson Perry's previous custom Harley and typically matching flamboyant outfit

      Grayson Perry's previous custom Harley and typically matching flamboyant outfit

      So what do you think of the Gobstopper? I thought it was fun and it made me smile in amongst all the serious talk of new bikes and power to weight ratios. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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      Comments (4)

      • I like that a lot

          1 year ago
      • Thumbs up from me :D

          1 year ago
      • This effect can be created by carving a material— I forget the name, unfortunately— that is created by the buildup of layers upon layers of car paint in the room where they spray all of the cars in the factory. The effect is really cool when it’s done.

          2 years ago
      • Good for Grayson!,this is so unique,perfect for such a unique and wonderful artist.👍🏻😃XX

          1 year ago

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