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Hell Bent Custom Cycles’ 1996 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

A Harley-Davidson as the world’s angriest coloring book

This 1996 Harley-Davidson Softail custom from Hell Bent Custom Cycles takes coloring with crayons inside the lines into a whole new dimension. Builder Jere Booher is the guy who created the Sharpiee bike, so I’m not all that surprised; Brad H Designs, which does all of Jere’s high-end graphic work, killed it with both machines, and part of me really wants to see what Brad would do with finger paint.

“We made that Sharpiee bike a few years back,” Jere says, “This is the same principle but done in Crayola paraffin pencil. Lots of time went into it with messing up, redoing it, over and over to get it right. I’m glad it wasn’t a bagger or we’d still be working on it. I mean, if you’re going to elevate art supplies from Staples like this, you might as well explore the whole palette, right?”

Built for Lethal Threat, from what was once a stock Fat Boy, this Softail packs a stance best described as pissed off. Given the graphic work put into it, you might call it the world’s angriest coloring book, in a sense. Between the flat black and gray, short fenders, and no-BS attitude it oozes, the motorcycle is a very badass machine. “I’ve had a bunch of bikes in magazines,” Jere continues, “but this one looked cool just sitting there.”

1996 harley-davidson fat boy custom

The bike’s also a touch tricky. That front wheel sneaks up on you; it’s obviously larger than stock but it’s a 23-incher, not a 21-incher.

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right-side drive

Hell Bent Customs changed over to right-side drive to keep the fat tire balanced rather than offsetting the final drive with spacers on the left-hand side.

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Lacework on the leather solo saddle

Lacework on the leather solo saddle, not colored in with crayon.

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skull piston gas tank

All the artistry comes together in pieces like the gas tank.

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hand drawn piston and bones

Look at the hand-drawn work in the pistons and bones. It’s like a black-and-white horror comic in motorcycle form.

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1996 harley-davidson fat boy custom

Like Yoda said, “I sense much anger in him…”

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lethal threat custom gas tank

Great, now I want a speedo set in an actual skull of my own. Thanks, guys.

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open primary

Flat finishes on the open primary pull the look of the motor together on that side.

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custom rear fender

There isn’t much of a rear fender but what fender there is looks awesome.

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skull speedometer decal

Pistons, speedos, and skulls. I’m noting a theme here.

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lethal threat belt

The belt leaves no doubt as to whose bike this is.

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