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Rad And Vibrant Customs From The 1980s And 1990s

Kaleidoscopes of chrome and color.

Custom motorcycles are a pure form of self-expression. Not only do customs embody the owner’s or fabricator’s vision, but much like the chrome that adorns them, they reflect the popular styles of the time in which they were built. The 1980s and 1990s were decades where motorcycles were kaleidoscopes of chrome and color. Every motorcycle worth its salt flaunted the shiniest chrome, flashiest paint schemes, and most intricate details. Yellows, pinks—the word garish didn’t exist and “too much,” was never enough.

Excavated from the Hot Bike archives, these motorcycles—many of which were seen at the 1993 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally—sport vibrant colors that will make impressions on your retinas. Loud, bright and fast, here are some of our favorite radical customs from the ’80s and ’90s.

The paint scheme on this bright pink Fat Boy screams ’80s album cover art.

The paint scheme on this bright pink Fat Boy screams ’80s album cover art.

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Ed Kerr’s 1990 Softail Springer pops with Porsche Red, white blue flames, and pinstriping.

Ed Kerr’s 1990 Softail Springer pops with Porsche Red, white blue flames, and pinstriping.

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The color on Cory Ness’ 1994 Harley-Davidson FXR was inspired by his son Zack’s swimsuit.

The color on Cory Ness’ 1994 Harley-Davidson FXR was inspired by his son Zack’s swimsuit.

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Teal pearl overlaid with persimmon-to-goldenrod flames dress up this 1987 Harley-Davidson FXR SP.

Teal pearl overlaid with persimmon-to-goldenrod flames dress up this 1987 Harley-Davidson FXR SP.

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A claimed 200 ponies are produced by the 89ci EVO.

Hello, blower. A claimed 200 ponies are produced by the 89ci EVO.

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The long tank fabricated by Bob “Mun” Munroe stretches beautifully over the 80ci EVO.

The long tank fabricated by Bob “Mun” Munroe stretches beautifully over the 80ci EVO.

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Actor, musician, and bike builder Rusty Coones painted this mustard/silver 1987 Softail.

Actor, musician, and bike builder Rusty Coones painted this mustard/silver 1987 Softail.

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A 1984 FXR frame wraps around an engraved 1981 98ci Shovelhead.

A 1984 FXR frame wraps around an engraved 1981 98ci Shovelhead.

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This ’93 Softail was transformed into a yellow-on-white Horst-custom-painted beauty by Ron Simms.

This ’93 Softail was transformed into a yellow-on-white Horst-custom-painted beauty by Ron Simms.

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After three months of building and two weeks for paint and assembly, this was ready for Sturgis ’93.

After three months of building and two weeks for paint and assembly, this was ready for Sturgis ’93.

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The “Thunder Twin” was fitted with an 88-inch big-bore Pan/Shovel engine to produce a thunderclap.

The “Thunder Twin” was fitted with an 88-inch big-bore Pan/Shovel engine to produce a thunderclap.

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Even in poor lighting this Harley’s marbled cyan paint stands out from the other parked hogs.

Even in poor lighting this Harley’s marbled cyan paint stands out from the other parked hogs.

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Neon-accented 1990 FXR nicknamed after its owner, Dr. Neon.

This list wouldn’t be complete without a neon-accented 1990 FXR nicknamed after its owner, Dr. Neon.

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The gas tank and frame were modified to flow together so cleanly on Gene Koch’s “Hamster Yellow” FXRH.

The gas tank and frame were modified to flow together so cleanly on Gene Koch’s “Hamster Yellow” FXRH.

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This green and magenta custom couldn’t be missed at the 53rd annual Sturgis motorcycle rally.

This green and magenta custom couldn’t be missed at the 53rd annual Sturgis motorcycle rally.

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The neon-rose-finished 19- and 16-inch rims on this Sportster XL 1000 really pop.

The neon-rose-finished 19- and 16-inch rims on this Sportster XL 1000 really pop.

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Thanks to its multicolor paint that resembles feathers, this FXRC was dubbed “The Chicken Bike.”

Thanks to its multicolor paint that resembles feathers, this FXRC was dubbed “The Chicken Bike.”

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Mike Brown’s 1992 FXRT (at one time) took six months to build. It houses a beefy 106-inch engine.

Mike Brown’s 1992 FXRT (at one time) took six months to build. It houses a beefy 106-inch engine.

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Dave and Don Perewitz worked their magic on the chrome yellow pearl paint of this ’93 Softail.

Dave and Don Perewitz worked their magic on the chrome yellow pearl paint of this ’93 Softail.

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It may not be as vibrantly colored, but this honorary inclusion earned its stripes.

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