1996 Fat Boy Softail From Hell Bent Custom Cycles
Daily Slideshow: This custom Fat Boy is unique in more ways than one. While the modified stance may catch your eye at first glance, it's the hand-drawn artwork on its body panels that set it apart.
The Bike is a Canvas
The guys at Hell Bent Custom Cycles decided to get a little more creative with this Softail, but this was not the first instance of them incorporating hand-drawn artwork on a bike. They previously built what they called the Sharpiee bike, which also featured hand-drawn graphics. The idea behind the Fat Boy build was to give it character... angry, demonic character.
The man behind the build, Jere Booher, wanted to apply the same principles as the Sharpee bike build to this Softail. But this time, the medium of choice was Crayola paraffin pencil. Brad H Designs was in charge of the graphics. A lot of time and effort went into the project, with Brad meticulously working to make sure everything came out looking perfect.
One Angry Softail
As is apparent by the artwork, the custom bike was built for Lethal Threat. Between the aggressive stance and the demonic graphics and illustrations, the bike really does exude fury. You don't even have to listen to the roar of the engine to know how angry it is. Jere loves the way the bike came out. "I've had a bunch of bikes in magazines, but this one looked cool just sitting there," he said.
The stock 21-inch front wheel has been replaced with new 23-incher, which gives the bike a badass look. Another major modification performed by the guys at Hell Bent was switching the bike to right-side-drive. This allowed them to keep the balance on the big rear tire without having to offset the final drive by using spacers.
Of course, the overall proportion of the bike is impressive. But you have to look very closely at the details to truly appreciate the work of art. The cool leather saddle is among those fine details, as well as the pencil sketches all over the body.
Art on Wheels
Overall, the design theme of the Softail is consistent throughout. It certainly conveys the message of madness that it was meant to. The nice touch of the hand-drawn art takes the cool factor to a different level.
The stance, fit, finish, and artwork really bring the aesthetic together as a whole. And that aesthetic represents Lethal Threat perfectly.
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