21 Outrageous Customized Motorcycles
Freedom. In one word, that’s what it means to own a motorcycle. Cyclists have built a reputation for themselves on the road and anywhere in the U.S. groups of bikers, whether friends or part of a motorcycle club, can be seen snaking across the open highways. Some bikers like their bikes so much that they have made them into unique creations to express themselves to the world when they ride. Here are 21 of the best crazy customizations we’ve seen.
21. “Hands Up” Chopper
An extreme example of high handlebars, if you were ever pulled over riding this chopper, the cops wouldn’t have to ask you to put your hands in the air. Not only does this bike have extremely high handlebars, the tassels on the ends of the handlebars whip around in the wind. These high handlebars are called “Ape Hangers” and were all the rave in the 80’s. Whether this bike is just stuck in the past or whether its rider likes riding with hands over his head, this is an outrageous bike.
20. Wooden Warrior
This bike has a motor and all of the other necessary components, but the frame is made out of wood. Clearly an at-home project, this bike has many benefits over other motorcycles: its cheap, maintenance is easy, it is eco-friendly, and you won’t have to worry about someone stealing it. It may not be the most comfortable ride, but how many of us could say that we’ve built a motorcycle from the ground up? A+ to this guy for his ingenuity and creativity.
19. Trainer Cycle
That’s right, if you’ll take a close look at the picture, this motorcycle has training wheels on it. The owner had to install them for two reasons, to make it possible to get on the bike and to keep it from falling over. There just wasn’t a kickstand big enough to fit this customized ride. While this cycle’s mpg makes it far less practical for daily riding, it still makes a BIG statement. Then again, even if this guys did brag that his was bigger than mine, I’d still bring up the fact that he has training wheels on his.
18. Alien Motorcycle
Reminding us of the antagonist from all of the Alien movies, this bike resembles the monstrous creature that kills almost everyone whose path it crosses. While not an exact replica, this cycle’s alien has much more intricate design work than the Alien, and it has 4 legs which make it look like it is running, it still reminds us of the sci-fi beast. Note how the headlight for this cycle is the alien’s eyes and the hood is a half-windshield. However long this customization took, we think it was worth the effort and time, who wouldn’t want to zoom away riding an alien?
This motorcycle is a customized lawn mower and, yes, it actually mows the lawn! While not as fast as other cycles out there, the owner of this “bike” was probably wondering how he was going to cater to his love for bikes and still get all of the yard work done. Here’s a hybrid that will let you both enjoy riding while still keeping the lawn in order. The paint job is a classic John Deere color, combining yellow and green to give this mower cycle both class and a sense of American tradition.
16. Dodge Tomahawk Prototype
While this cycle was not built to be ridden on the road, it is by far the fastest motorcycle out there. It has a V10 engine that puts out 500 horsepower, and can accelerate to 60 mph in just over 2 seconds (2.3 to be exact). That’s faster than most top-end sports cars! Before you start drooling too much over this beast of a bike, remember that because only 9 of them were built, it has a hefty price tag of $555,000.00. While this bike may not be a practical purchase for the average American, it sure gives you all of the bang for your buck! P.S. You may want to try installing a windshield before riding this baby at its top speed of 300 mph.
15. Rat Fink Bike
First, a quick history lesson. Rat Fink was created around the same time as Mickey Mouse by Ed Ross. He created Rat Fink as a counter-culture answer to the lovable Disney mouse and since, Rat Fink has become an icon in his own right. This bike, then recreates Rat Fink in motorcycle form. With its crazy face and crazy green skin, this bike represents craziness itself. If you’re afraid of mice, let’s hope that you never meet this embodiment of mayhem on the road.
14. Greek Chariot
Combining modern chic with ancient style, this bike is reminiscent of the chariots in the movie Troy. We like the fact that the front wheel has a custom design, making it look truly ancient. Plus, the owner decided to have the cycle colored in a copper and bronze scheme that screams ancient Greece. Also note that the saddlebags are built in to the frame, making this bike ready for any length of trip. If you like the idea of a personal chariot to ride around town in, this bike would be perfect for you!
13. Baby-Toy Tricycle
One look at this bike and you immediately transport back in time…to the days that you were three years old and riding a plastic tricycle around your driveway. Even with the fact that this tricycle is not for children, it has a fully functional motor and seat belt, it still can’t escape the fact that it is modeled after a child’s toy. While we’re not buying it as a true “man-cycle”, if you are in to the old-style tricycles, then this bike is all you’ll ever need to be happy.
12. Gears of War Bike
A true work of art, this bike (actually a tricycle) has quite the story behind it. Paul Jr. from Orange County Motorcycles decided, when he heard about the release of the new Gears of War, decided to build a bike that looked like it drove straight out of the game. The paint job on this cycle is phenomenal, but the polished chrome is what really caught our eye, not to mention the custom skulls on the rims. The cycle is made so that the rider has optimal maneuverability and control, not to mention that the detailing makes him feel like he’s got two mini guns facing to the front. This is, by far, one of our favorite bikes on the list.
11. Clifford, the Big Red….Motorcycle?
While this bike looks like a fun ride, its size makes it a bit too bulky and awkward for us to give it top marks. It reminds us more of our favorite big red dog from our childhood, a dog who is too big to be a practical pet even though he is extremely nice. This bike would be a hassle to park, a beast to drive, and even though its size means a bigger engine, all of the extra weight means that it is a little bit of a gas hog and just doesn’t have top marks in acceleration. Let’s be real, the only place this bike would really fit in is the state of Texas, it’s just the right size for the state where everything is bigger.
10. Giant Bike
In an unreal customization, this owner took what was a normal, everyday motorcycle and built it to fit two huge tractor-sized wheels. We’re not sure if the owner is tall enough to merit such huge wheels, but we doubt it. Anyone under 7.5 feet tall would need a ladder to climb on to this bike, not to mention that such huge wheels would take ages to get moving quickly. Not only would this bike be hard to climb onto, riding at 10-30 mph would not be fun. While it is impressive for its size, it leaves us scratching our heads in all other areas.
9. Michelin Man Bike
If you want a bike that comes with a custom-riding-suit, this is the bike for you. You won’t, however, be decked out in some fancy leathers with a cool MC patch on your back, you’d be dressed in a white puffball suit that would make you look like the Michelin Man. The back wheel on this bike is what we find most impressive and most bizarre. It’s impressive because it took some real engineering to get it to work, but on the other hand, the huge rear tire causes some issues: if your head gets too close, for instance, or if you need to see straight in front of you. On second thought, maybe the person is wearing the suit to cover up their face so no one will know their identity…I know I wouldn’t want to be seen riding this bike.
8. Zombie Bike
This bike was inspired by the hit A&E series The Walking Dead. Let’s take a look at the different components: the front shock absorbers are covered by dismembered human arms, the hand gripping down by the wheel. The headlight is covered by a dismembered human head (look close, you’ll see it!), there is a rib cage hanging from the bottom of the bike, human skin covering the tank, seat and rear wheel guard and, to finish it off, two human feet on the rear wheel. This bike isn’t so much built for escaping the zombie apocalypse as it is built from zombies. It looks more like a dead zombie possessed the motorcycle than anything else, and while the detail is intricate, we’re not convinced that the zombie bike is as practical on the road as it is in a showroom.
7. Hamburger Bike
This bike, like many other on our list, also has intricate detail. The front of the bike sports a tray with burger, fries, and a shake, and the front shock absorbers have ketchup bottles as decoration. The body of the bike is self-explanatory, you literally ride inside of the burger when you drive this bike. Note how the burger’s top flips up to allow you to climb in and then, presto, pushing it back down secures you safely inside so you can drive around town in your favorite American sandwich. There is a warning on the bike, though…it isn not made with 100% real beef!
6. Jaguar Bike
As fancy as the fashion car brand itself, this jaguar motorcycle is sleek and spiffy. While the bike is chain driven instead of belt-driven, it will still give you an excellent riding experience. The jaguar’s head is not so high that it will block your view as you ride, nor are the front and back paws overdone, as to interfere with the overall sleekness of the bike. The motor blends in seamlessly and even thought you’ll be sitting pretty far back on this bike, you will still enjoy the ergonomic design of the body. One of the alternative benefits of owning this bike? Park it in your garage or in front of your house and you’ll never have problems with burglars again!
5. WWII Throwback Bike
If you’re a fan of World War II armored vehicles, then you will want to take a look at this bike. It has been modified to resemble a WWII tank, note the tank treads on the side of the bike. The rider site in front and steers this cycle with the front wheel, and the tank treads help steady the bike while giving it a classic WWII look. The owner has chosen a light beige, olive drab camo style paint job to finish off the authentic look. Oh, and did we mention that the bike comes with a shovel, canteen, and space for a person to ride on the back? This bike is the full-package if you need basic emergency equipment installed standard on your bike.
4. Ghost Rider Bike
This bike makes a clear nod to the Ghostrider, whose bike, like the Ghostrider’s head, is a human skull. While the vertebrae that line the body of the bike may make the ride less comfortable to the rider, we have to give the creator props for creating separate ribs, vertebrae, and even a humerus, radius, and ulna/femur, tibia, and fibula on each side for the shocks. It is easy, even from this far away to see that the skull has been meticulously made and the owner should be very proud of this custom build.
3. Mot “hearse” cycle
Not to pun (again) on the name, but I couldn’t help it with this bike, which has so many unique custom features. First and foremost, it has the space between the front and rear seats for transporting a full-sized coffin. That’s right, if you’re a motorcycle lover and want to be transported to your grave in style, these people can make it happen. Second, There are two seats on this cycle. While the front driver does all the steering/driving, the second driver gets to sit back, relax, and make sure that the coffin doesn’t slip out of the base. This cycle even sports a cover (between the front and rear seats) to protect the coffin from rain or shine as it is being transported. You only die once, and this cycle is an opportunity to make sure you do it right.
2. Tractor Bike
Another John Deere modified bike, this bike had been modified from a full-sized tractor instead of a lawn mower. This bike uses the body of an old John Deere, and its motor, making it a John Deere through and through. The bike also sports a skull on the front to show off just how “country” it is. And, if that weren’t enough to make you jealous of this ride, there is also a handy parking brake painted bright yellow, a cowbell hung underneath to let other traffic know you’re coming, and a seat for your honey right above you. Plus, she’ll be at the perfect height to give you a scalp massage while you drive. This rig clearly has everything a man needs to be happy.
1. Batmod Bike
We had to put this bike first on the list because of how much we enjoyed the bike featured in the Dark Knight trilogy. This is the bike that the Joker begs Batman to run him down in, not to mention the fact that its grappling hooks flip a semi over! It also is the bike that kills Bane, driven by Catwoman herself, and facilitates the takeover of the nuclear core from Talia al Ghul in the movie’s final moments. When we saw this mod, we knew it would be one of our favorites. It has all of the components: cannons, grappling hooks, and grenade launchers, and it has captured the style of Batman’s super-bike in everything except the silver color. Though its rider doesn’t look as cool without the batsuit and cape, we have to give him props for how nicely he custom-recreated the bike from the movie.
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