Baggers Of The 2017 Mooneyes Hot Rod Custom Show

From Road Glides to Road Kings, here’s what was hot in Japan

I absolutely love the Mooneyes Hot Rod Custom Show. Who wouldn’t? It’s one of the greatest custom motorcycle shows on Earth, full of just about every type of bike you can conceive of and probably a few you haven’t.

The show owes its name to hot-rodder and innovator Dean Moon. Way back when, Moon built and raced cars, from El Mirage Dry Lake and the Bonneville Salt Flats to dragstrips and anywhere else he could find a start/finish line.

Along the way, Moon established a company that’s now a worldwide hot-rod industry icon: Moon Speed Equipment. In time, his bright-yellow show cars and drag racers were used as models for Hot Wheels toys. Now, that’s a legacy.

After Dean’s passing in 1987, Shige Suganuma restarted the company as Mooneyes USA, including the world-renowned Mooneyes Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan. I attended last week’s show and it was everything I could have hoped for. Look at this bagger gallery and see for yourself.

custom baggers

Four very different custom baggers on setup day.

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2013 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide

Blue Heaven, a heavily customized 2013 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide.

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Harley-Davidson cop bike

This Harley-Davidson cop bike isn't exactly standard issue. Maybe it should be named “Dirty Harley”…

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Peep this sleek, sexy road shark of a bagger.

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S&S Cycle bagger

S&S Cycle bagger powered by 111ci of American muscle.

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Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson Road Glide

Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson Road Glide with T-Man Performance Zero Loss Air Cleaner, punched out to 128ci of moto mayhem.

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Ground Pounderz 143 Raptor

The Ground Pounderz 143 Raptor is a monster to be reckoned with and is sexy as all get out.

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1948 Harley-Davidson FL

Vintage iron representin': 1948 Harley-Davidson FL showing out in classic style.

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custom bagger

Red, rad, and ready to ride

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Harley-Davidson Street Glide

No bagger show would be complete without at least one Harley-Davidson Street Glide.

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custom saddlebags

And a set of long, swoopy custom saddlebags.

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