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battle of the kings finalists chosen

After weeks of public voting online and more than 10,000 people supporting their favourite, the finalists for the second annual Battle of the Kings customisation challenge have been revealed. Last year’s winner, Warr’s Kings Road, will battle it out with Dublin Harley-Davidson, Leeds Harley-Davidson, Maidstone Harley-Davidson and Reading Harley-Davidson at the Bike Shed, London on 27 May.

An independent judging panel will cast the final votes on the most impressive customised Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883 and decide which bike builder deserves to be crowned as the 2016 UK & Ireland Custom King.

The winning bike will go to Wheels and Waves in France this June to represent the UK & Ireland in the battle for the Harley-Davidson EMEA title.
As part of the competition rules, each unique machine had a capped maximum retail value of £12,995.

The top five bikes will be on display to the public at the Bike Shed London show on 28-29 May.

Dublin Harley-Davidson

Dublin Harley-Davidson refused to conform to any specific genre for their Battle of the Kings entry. Head Technician, Kenny Roetsch, committed to creating a purposely-designed, individual bike, which resulted in some unique features including a rear fender made from a section of tyre.

Please see the BOTK Hub entry featuring Dublin here.


Leeds Harley-Davidson

Leeds Harley-Davidson, led by their customisation expert and enthusiast, James Hope, took their inspiration from a fitness industry icon to create the beefed up, blacked out BOOMBabY Iron 883. The hydro-dipped snake skin finish provides an eye-catching finish that makes this bike stand out from the crowd.

Please see Leed’s BOTK Video here, featuring LexFitness.


Maidstone Harley-Davidson

Maidstone Harley-Davidson sought to create a no-nonsense, race inspired machine, influenced by the global flat tracker and scrambler scene. Joe Parkinson used a clever mix of standard genuine parts, such as pairing mag wheels with off-road knobbly tyres. Finishing touches were added in the form of some bespoke fabricated parts.

Please see the BOTK Video here,  featuring Maidstone.


Reading Harley-Davidson 

Reading Harley-Davidson drew inspiration from a four-wheeled icon for its “Anne-Marie” Iron 883 to prove that – with a small budget and big imagination – the standard road-going machine could be made to look like no other bike on the market. Master Technician, Darren Shilston, and Parts Advisor, Richard Tegg, worked together to create the two-wheeled hot rod.

Please see the BOTK Video here,  featuring Reading.


Warr’s Kings Road

Warr’s have their 2015 UK & Ireland title to uphold, so for this year Head of Design & Custom, Charlie Stockwell, stayed true to his passion for the Harley brand and bikes. He referenced the XLCR – the Willie G. café racer of the 70s – as inspiration and brought it up to date. Hidden lights and paint removal are among the highlights.

Please see the BOTK Video here, featuring Warr’s.



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