2015 Sportster Forty-Eight

Paint jobs on a Harley are like tattoos, and while they are not permanent, it is a reflection of the owner. You can paint brush the gas tank or opt to paint all body parts. Whichever floats your boat, here are the best custom paint jobs for your Harley.

1. Soldier’s Salute


Taking a page from WWII’s book, this paint job will give it that old-fashioned appearance. Those war-like rivets can also be done with a little rust. Of course, you have the choice to make it authentic. There are plenty of images online to make sure you stay as accurate as possible, right down the star on the gas tank.

2. Rusty Piece of Awesomeness


While a rusty bike might not sound so appealing, this bike pulls it off. The rusty brown accentuates the teal. Take caution, because adding too much brown against the bright color teal can make it look muddy. Think ombre and less sponge when applying the paint to your Harley. Also, adding a leather seat/saddlebag will really sell the bike’s paint job.

3. Lighting Strike


A simple design can be all that is needed. You can do simple lightning bolts or create a scenery, but it is important to note that a great paint job will make your bike stand out in a good way. Remember that less is better here. You don’t want to overdo the lightning bolts and make it look like a bunch of squiggly lines. You also have many color options for the lightning bolts, maybe a purplish blue is more your style.

4. Your Spirit Animal


Are you a free wolf or a fearless crow? There is no better way to show off your favorite animal than on your bike. Like stated above, the paint is only a reflection of yourself, so show that to the average passerby. Insects and mythical creatures also apply.

5. The Horror Club


Maybe you prefer to show those passing by that you fancy all things horror. Pick a monster from the considerable amount of movies and shows. Our favorite gold-obsessed Leprechaun (above) shows that you don’t even have to bother painting your whole bike (that is, of course, if your bike is already green). It can’t be stated enough that the paint brush can either make or break the paint job.

6. Hell’s Hole


Skeletons is a common paint job. Shown in the image is a silver flame breaking up the red, but you can just as easily make the whole bike a fiery pit of hell. Decide what works best with your style and go with it. Other color options can be green, blue and purple; you don’t have to settle for the red if that isn’t your color.

Death at Your Door


Yes, this might appear like another skeleton, but the Grim Reaper can be shown in many different ways. You might as well accompany your Reaper with a graveyard and/or tortured souls.

8. In That Little Lace Number


You know the lace trick, right? Take a piece of lace, tape it over your canvas and paint away. The more common lace designs are flowers, but you can also look for Halloween lace with cobwebs. You can use different lace designs on multiple sections of your bike, or get extremely creative. Take your imagination to the next level with the help of lace fabric.

9. Simple but Effective

Effectively Simple

Finally, the more simple route. If the above is too adventurous for you, you might just consider solid paint jobs (with another flattering color if you wish). With the right color combination, you can make a boring bike look hot. Two tone variations are infinite: black/orange red/beige, white/navy blue, etc.

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