Are you all about bagger bling?
The “bling” refers to any unnecessary accumulation of shiny and glimmering metal.
There is a place for those who can’t stop called the chrome asylum because of bagger bling gone wrong! Like the rider in this photo…
In my view it’s an example of too much chrome swag. Some might even think it’s hideous and wholly unnecessary, but as we know there is no accounting for good taste with all the riders out there.
We know that straight off the shop floor most Harleys shine more than your average foreign made motorcycle, and for those that like their ride to blind the onlookers, there’s a seriously fat accessory catalogue full of go-fast bits, chrome doo-dads and custom add-on’s. Not to mention all the 3rd party catalogs and online part suppliers.
Is it possible to have too much chrome swag?
Clearly! You’ll know it when kids point, dogs bark and other riders do a double-take. It’s often described as: “They sure Gypsy’ed up that ride”…
A reference to the bright and flashy which is often associated with folks exoticising voyeruism or wearing Esmeralda-like headscarves, or running psychic healing parlors. I realize that’s a less than positive cliché, and mean no disrespect. The Gypsies are fascinating people with an incredible story.
But, creative enhancements and all that chrome is so addictive. Rainy weekends can be spent pouring over the parts book, matching gas tanks with seats and sissy bars, and tossing up whether to splurge on the chrome rocker covers to match the new floor boards or save up for the titanium lifters. For those with both a hunger for lots of shiny things and the means to satiate that need, Harley-Davidson is there for you and the endless fun. They are single-handedly responsible for promoting, propagating, passively approving and ironically being amused by all aspects of the ‘bling’ culture.
I suffer from what’s called the chrome cooling effect – most often called “Bling Delete” and has only increased the flat black or black anodized popularity. It used to be done by ‘rattle can’, but now manufactures have combined billet aluminum with black anodized finishes to provide riders the perfect mix of function and aesthetics. There are as many if not more flat-black or deep-cut, black anodized billet accessories as chrome, so if you’re into the less is more glamour, you have lots of choices.
Clearly motorcycle enthusiasts have become “creators”, in which motorcycles are the canvas.
Stay shiny my friends.
Photo courtesy of HOG Asia. Gypsy’ed term courtesy of Hal.