The annual Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings competition has become a bit of a fixture in the dealer world, namely because it allows these hardworking sales men and women to flex their creative muscle.
On top of this, it proves just how far you can take a ‘stock’ Harley and transform it into something truly unique thanks to the fact the competition rules strictly state that a minimum of 50 per cent of customisation parts must be official Harley-Davidson bits and bobs.
Other regulations state competitors must create a road legal Dark Custom machine within a strict budget of £5,500 and from a select list of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, which includes the Street 750, Street Rod, Iron 883, Forty-Eight, Roadster, Street Bob and Fat Bob.
This year’s crop of bikes is arguably one of the best, covering an eclectic range of styles that starts with muscular Forty-Eights and ends somewhere around an Easy Rider-esque 1960s soft-tail custom.
Seriously, there’s a bit of something for everyone in there, with a personal Flat-Out fave coming from West Coast Harley-Davidson in Scotland, who have crafted a stunning modern-day replica of a wartime FL model, which served the U.S.A’s wartime armed forces – this one sporting some serious maritime vibes.
Harley-Davidson wants motorcycle nuts to get their vote on and pick a favourite Battle of the Kings 2018 bike.