It’s become commonplace for manufacturers to regularly commission custom work from top builders. But Harley-Davidson Europe have taken a different approach. For three years they’ve run the annual ‘Battle of the Kings’ contest—calling on their own dealers to put their best foot forward.
The concept is simple: a bike is chosen, and the ‘Custom King’ in each dealership reworks it as they see fit. The public votes, and a new King is crowned.
This year, Harley gave dealers their pick of three Sportsters: the Iron 883, the Forty-Eight, and the new Roadster. Here are our favorite entries from the 2017 crop—ranging from the ultra-classy to the outright outrageous.
Harley-Davidson La Rochelle, Lagord, France Full disclosure: we have a soft spot for dustbin fairings, especially when they’re this well executed.…