- The Gobstopper (My own photo)

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

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)

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 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)

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

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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