Photo by Jacobsen Photography
A Shining Attraction
With all the shiny bling on her custom crystal Harley, Venus Monyhan naturally attracts a lot of attention.
No matter where she rides there are always plenty of cameras snapping pictures. Even most male bikers love the look and insist the picture is for a girlfriend, wife or their mom.
Venus is a long-time rider who began her two-wheeled adventures at eighteen. Her first motorcycle, a Yamaha 350, was partly for transportation but for the most part used for fun.
Since then she’s graduated through several bikes over the years. But it wasn’t until the 2016 Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe that her creative juices started to flow. She felt compelled to make this ride her “Shining Star.” Plus, her crystal Harley is a glittering two-wheel tribute in loving memory of her two English Mastiff dogs, Moe and Catherine.
DIY Accents In Glittery Swarovski Crystals
“My bike shines and twinkles like a star”
To create her “Shining Star” Venus embellished this custom Harley with over 22,000 twinkling Swarovski crystals. She started in May of 2016, infusing her vibrant personality into every detail. Designing from fender to fender Venus worked on and off for over a year on this one-of-a-kind tribute.
Venus removed the motorcycle parts that were easy to take off and applied Swarovski crystals. Then she worked directly on the areas of the motorcycle she couldn’t remove. By the time it was complete, thousands of shiny crystals highlighted key areas of her custom Harley Davidson motorcycle.
It took a whopping 4,032 Swarovski crystals just to decorate her engine guard.
She added a ring of shimmering purple and an accent cluster of clear Swarovski crystal bling to her aftermarket Kuryakyn hand grips.
Venus outlined the actual size of Moe and Catherine’s paw prints in purple Swarovski crystals and placed them on either side of her oil reservoir.
Swarovski crystals continue at the rear of her bike to enhance the Captain Itch aftermarket Mud flap, her back fender, tail light, and signal lights. An aftermarket brake light strobe was added and even her license plate holder was customized with bling.
“Most people are in shock when they learn that the Crystals are applied one at a time.”
Even More Crystal Harley Davidson Customizations
Venus continued customizing her motorcycle by enlisting several specialists. She wanted to give her crystal Harley a unique personal touch. One that reflected her spirited and sparkling personality while at the same time memorialize her two best friends.
“You know the saying…’Don’t ride faster than your Angels can fly?’ My Dog Angels ride with me.”
Chopper Hauss created a custom English mastiff seat screw for Venus along with the license plate screws on her custom bling license plate VENUS.
Chris Bryan of Custom Promotions (Sand Springs, Oklahoma) custom embroidered the paw prints of her two English mastiffs. They were digitally reduced to a smaller size to accommodate the space on her back passenger seat.
A unique, custom shifter link with “Venus” was forged and added by Nasty Baggers.
Lil’ Toot of Tulsa Oklahoma did the custom name lettering “Venus” on the front fender. Venus added the Swarovski crystal accent.
Venus also installed Vance Hines pipes to pump up the volume.
And, to make her bike shine as bright at night, she added 20 purple LED accent lights, purple LED lighted floorboards, a LED headlamp and turn signals.
Blinging it with her favorite motorcycle helmets and accessories
To top it off, Venus also customized her motorcycle helmet with shimmering Swarovski crystal bling.
Venus’ current helmet project is in memory of her two English mastiffs. It features Moe & Catherine’s paw prints in Swarovski crystals. Venus has documented her progress and you can read about it here at DIY Bling Motorcycle Helmet with Red Swarovski Crystals + How To Video.
The custom bows by Lucky Yogi are Venus’s favorite helmet accessory. These bows attach to the helmet with industrial strength Velcro strip.
Depending on Venus’s mood she can easily switch out one of her four custom bows. Also, Venus was quick to endorse the guarantee that Lucky Yogi boasts, “they do not come off while riding.”
Unique metal flake helmet lid
Adding to her growing collection of custom motorcycle helmets, Venus now has a unique Mike’s Pro Lid Helmet. Classified as novelty helmets, these helmets are not DOT approved. So Venus only wears this particular helmet on short outings because of the safety issue.
To add some sparkle to her lid, Venus enlisted the talents of local custom painter Quinn Chipman of Kraken Kustomz. He added a stunning burst of metal flake in shimmering purples to coordinate with her custom Harley Davidson motorcycle.
A Passion For Motorcycle Shows
From drag racing cars when she was younger to running in the Chicago Marathon on her 57th birthday, Venus now has a passion for competing in bike shows in and around her hometown of Owasso, Oklahoma.
“Rocking chairs are not my cup of tea!”
1st bike show Venus wins “Best Bike”
“Spring Party” The Old 33 Icehouse Pub – Inola, Oklahoma. March 25th, 2017
2nd bike show Venus wins “1st In Class” – Ladies: Harley Models Any Year
“Annual Spring Bike Show” Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson – Tulsa, Oklahoma. April 22nd, 2017
3rd bike show Venus wins “Best Stock Harley Class” and “People’s Choice”
“Miami’s Most Wanted Bike Show” Vigilante Cycles – Miami, Oklahoma. May 6th, 2017
4th bike show Venus wins “Top Choice”
“Handlebars & Hotrods” Cancer Sucks Benefit – Tulsa, Oklahoma. May 12th-13th, 2017
5th bike show Venus took the “Runner Up” in the Class-Big Twin Softail
“Pig Trail Palooza Custom Bike Show” Pig Trail Harley Davidson – Rogers, Arkansas. June 17th, 2017
6th bike show Venus wins 1st and 2nd place in class “Motorcycles All”
Fundraiser for the Girls Softball Team. Oklahoma Revolution Car, Bike, & Vendor Show – Skiatook, Oklahoma. June 24th, 2017. Venus admits hers was the only bike entered because there were other rallies and shows happening that same weekend. Although we think her bike is amazing and she would have won no matter how many bikes entered!
Cleaning the Crystal Harley Softail
An amusing question Venus gets is if she actually rides her motorcycle for fear of it getting dirty or stolen. She lets them know that she has no problem riding it everywhere she can. And she explains how easy it is to clean by using only water and a damp microfiber cloth to wipe the crystals clean.
To keep her bike in show condition she uses TopCoat® F11 Polish and Sealer with a microfiber cloth to coat each area of her bike, and another to gently buff it. She uses the polish on the majority parts of her bike including the leather, all the chrome and windshield. For her tires she uses two products: Cycle Care Formula 1 for the white walls and Meguiar’s Endurance Tire Spray on the outer tire to bring out the shine.
As for theft prevention, Venus always parks in well-lit areas and uses a Harley Davidson Shackle Lock for added security.
Connect With Venus
Even though Venus is a retired Registered Nurse she is far from being retired. She now keeps busy at Perimeter Construction, a company she and her husband Mike started 25 years ago. When time permits, Venus enjoys riding with her husband. They favor back roads, travelling through small towns and discovering quaint diners.
Connect With Venus on Instagram: @VenusMonyhan
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