Harley-Davidson’s European Battle Of the Kings

For the 3rd annual Harley-Davidson custom competition, European dealers were given the task to craft a custom-built Dark Custom Sportster Iron 883 or a Forty-Eight or Roadster. Fans can vote online for their favorite entry, which will create a short list for each region or country. Then, the overall champion will be determined by a panel of judges at the Milan EICMA show in November. Below a few of the contenders to the crown.
More bikes after the jump.

12 Responses to “Harley-Davidson’s European Battle Of the Kings”


  1. 1 seymour Jan 21st, 2017 at 11:07 am

    IMO it’s hard to do much creatively with a Sportster in its stock frame. A couple of these look good though

  2. 2 Sam Jan 21st, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I have to agree with seymour

  3. 3 James just another crazy kiwi Jan 21st, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Pretty diverse considering limitations, some very nice bikes.

  4. 4 Iron Horse Jan 21st, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    I like elements on all of them, but none really do it for me in total.

  5. 5 Septic the Sceptic Jan 22nd, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Oh sweet baby Jesus, please make it stop.

  6. 6 Zundap Jan 22nd, 2017 at 11:38 am

    I’m at a loss for words. (perhaps Sportster shit storm) ?

  7. 7 Gym Jan 22nd, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Feed me seymour

  8. 8 Clarke Ahlers Jan 22nd, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I love ’em. Have fun and keep riding!

  9. 9 SIGFREED Jan 22nd, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Mmmm – methinks the Milwaukee clan have a Joker Card to flip; this is their most desperate attempt at reverse psychology yet – all this proves is that the dead stock models are best left as sweet innocent virgins.

    The >2016 48 is a case in point: fiddle with anything other than a intake, engine covers, SE slip-ons and perhaps a Le Pera Bare Bones seat (that look nigh on stock) and the looks go south – like DEEP SOUTH…

  10. 10 JohnnySpeed Jan 22nd, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    The only one I really like is the 3rd from the bottom. It’s awesome! But the rest are pretty boring.

  11. 11 Doc Robinson Jan 23rd, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Some great takes on individuality shown here. Everyone of them is creatively modified within the contest rules. And speaking of rules, Sportster’s rule big time. Remember they came out way back in 1957 and are still rolling down the factory assembly line. No other motorcycle model can come close to that.

  12. 12 Bowery Boy Jan 24th, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Back in the days of Nortons, Sportsters, Triumphs, BSAs and such, (’60s, ’70s,) many of us that rode bikes like this actually enjoyed the company of women:-) What is the thing today with the “Solo Seat” crowd? Do they not expect ever to hit a friendly place and perhaps offer a young (or daring older) lady a lift home or elsewhere?

    Today I’m way past the Idea of riding with a “Backpack” and love my Ultra Classic, and still occasionally enjoy the company of a female seated behind me. The Sportster just seems better to me in Stock shape. Harley learned that with the Buell.

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