Prepare to meet the bikes everyone will be talking about. 64 Sportsters built by the customization experts at H-D dealers across the U.S - and the winner will be chosen by you.
No one could have anticipated the level of excitement that this contest has generated. From seasoned hands to the newest employees, everyone caught the Custom Kings fever! And, the teams’ efforts have been met with tremendous support from dealership management as well as great enthusiasm from customers across the country. Congratulations to the Yellowstone Harley-Davidson team!
Their entry, which they call a next generation Board Track racer, was inspired by the board track racers of the 1910's and 1920's. Those were the bikes that raced on wooden plank floors with very high banks.
Nostalgia wasn’t all they were going for. For a little something extra to attract young adult riders, they added a turbo! Previous experience with turbos that they built into snowmobiles gave them the inspiration and confidence for the build.
Their bike is a cross between a Café Racer, a Tracker and a Scrambler. Their goal was to keep a low line, maintaining a clear view for the rider. To make this happen, they lowered the handlebars, the speedometer and the ignition.
Their biggest challenge was in trying to make the front end work. They used a Fat Bob front end but the steering stem was too short so they switched to a V-Rod steering stem that was already mounted on the Triple Tree.
To create their design, Brian’s team used a Sportster front end and front wheel plus a rear tire from a Softail Deuce. They enhanced their bike’s performance with the addition of a Screamin’ Eagle Stage I. Their biggest challenge was finding a front chain sprocket. To solve that problem, they machined one!
When it came to publicizing the bike, they came up with a truly original idea to draw young adult customers. They brought in no less than 10 tattoo artists to design helmets that were auctioned for charity at their reveal show.
This entry is a café racer inspired by the 1978 Harley-Davidson MX250 Motocross bike, which they describe as “vintage cool”. Harley-Davidson of Macon has a proud racing history, dating back to the 1940s, when Grover Sassaman, the company’s founder, raced on the beaches at Daytona.
The team’s goal was to take styling cues from that era, blend them with the elements of a race bike but still keep the soul of the Street. Their entry has a modified frame, café seat, and clip-on style handlebars that create the café racer silhouette plus Nightster laced wheels.
This entry is a Bobber with a new school twist. Inspiration for their design started with a gas tank from a ’48 that was donated by a fellow employee. To complete the design, they used only three things: a110 wire welder, a side grinder and Doug O’Neal’s Harley-Davidson Toolbox. Their entry is called “Jackpot”.
For their Bobber look, they hid all the wires and the battery in the frame and down tube. The ECM is out of sight under the seat. To help taller riders stretch their legs, they engineered their own blocks for the frame to mount the Sportster forward controls.
This bike is a Street Fighter, chosen for the strong pull it has with young riders in their area. To get the tough Street Fighter look they used the Buell 1125 as a form to build the tail section and converted the bike to a chain drive.
For their upswept design, they used a Nightstick pipe and cut the can in half. They also modified the Screamin' Eagle air cleaner. Their biggest challenge came from the wheel bearings and axle for the rear wheel. To get it to work, they used the axle from a V-Rod.
Their entry is a Land Speed Racer inspired by the 1957 Sportster, named “The Turnip Eater” that was raced on the Bonneville Salt Flats by the legendary Leo Payne.
Scottsdale’s version of the Turnip Eater boasts low, sleek lines and was constructed almost entirely from Harley-Davidson parts, including a Dyna swingarm used to lengthen the rear end and 19" Dyna wheels on the front and back. They used the stock Street Exhaust and modified it plus a stock head pipe, which they shortened. And then, they built their own tail pipe and end caps.