Warr’s Harley-Davidson, Kings Road, London is the winner of the Harley-Davidson UK & Ireland 2016 Battle of the Kings (BOTK) custom contest and becomes holder of the national ‘Custom King 2016’ title. The winning ‘Rascal Racer’ will now represent UK & Ireland in the 2016 Battle of the Kings European final


The national final saw a select panel of judges from all aspects of motorcycling vote on five BOTK finalist machines as chosen by online public voting from an original entry line-up of 30 Harley-Davidson dealer-built custom Iron 883™ motorcycles. The end result led to Warr’s Harley-Davidson taking the win.


The Kings Road-based dealership is no stranger to success within BOTK; this year’s contest saw Warr’s Harley-Davidson defending its Custom King status after winning the inaugural BOTK contest in 2015 with its stunning Dark Custom ‘Urban Racer Sprint’ based on the XL1200 Sportster Forty-Eight.


For 2016, Warr’s came to the public voting stage with ‘Rascal Racer’, an immaculate modern interpretation of the iconic Harley-Davidson XLCR Cafe Racer. As with all entries to BOTK 2016, the base bike used for Warr’s Dark Custom entry was the Sportster® Iron 883 from the Harley-Davidson® Dark Custom range, achieved within a maximum retail price of both bike and customisation of £12,995.


Judging at the BOTK final round was by a select panel of five independent motorcycling experts:

*Ped Baker – Managing Editor (Digital & Events), MotorCycle News

*Gary Pinchin – Editor, Built magazine

*Anthony “Dutch” van Someren – founder & CEO, Bike Shed MCC

*James Jordan – Kingdom of Kicks

*Patrice Morin – Product Planning Manager EMEA, Harley-Davidson Europe.


The judges were tasked with judging each of the five finalists across three categories: 1) design vision, 2) originality and creativity, and 3) quality of build and execution.


Because of the incredible originality and design detail of the five bikes, judging was a close-run affair. However, a decision was reached with the result that Dublin Harley-Davidson took third place with “Dorcha”. Second place was awarded to “Tresspasser”, a by-product of equally skilled custom minds from Maidstone Harley-Davidson.


John Warr, MD Warr’s Harley-Davidson, and Charlie Stockwell, Chief of Design Warr’s, were both on hand at Bike Shed London to accept the title of BOTK Custom King 2016. Upon receiving the title for a second consecutive year, John Warr said: “I'm really just so happy for Charlie and the team at Kings Road. Their creativity in design and the beautiful way our custom builds are put together just stands out head and shoulders. For the second year running its clear Warr's really are the Kings of Harley Custom!”


Warr’s Harley-Davidson and its victorious “Rascal Racer” will now go forward to represent Harley-Davidson UK & Ireland at the European BOTK grand finale to be held at Wheels & Waves rally in Biarritz, 8-12 June 2016.