Harley-Davidson Starts the Battle of the Kings Custom Contest

2016 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Iron in stock trim 1 photo
Photo: Harley-Davidson
Harley-Davidson's Battle of the Kings custom bike competition is on, and you've got until April 18 to cast your vote for the best-looking one.
H-D dealerships have been supplied with a 2016 Sportster 883 Iron, which has been chosen as the platform for this year's competition. Unlike similar dealer competitions organized by other manufacturers, Harley's Battle of the Kings relies solely on parts sourced from the official aftermarket parts catalog.

The number of dealers involved in this contest is huge, as it appears that all the dealers who wanted to take part in this neat contest were admitted. For size, Italy alone has 40 dealers that entered the Battle of the Kings competition, and it looks like H-D retailers in the rest of the European countries are in this too.

The new Sportster 883 Iron arrived in Europe in December 2015 and is one of the popular Harley models, partly because of its accessibility, both technical and financial, partly because of its sober, darkened looks.

The Iron is powered by an 883cc air-cooled Evolution v-twin, and comes with a low seat height of only 775mm that makes it a very convenient choice for shorter riders, too. Likewise, thanks to its moderate dimensions and weight (256 kg in running order), the Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 has always been one of the bikes of choice for riding ladies.

The new Iron boasts a darkened attire, with the frame, wheels and engine painted black, and lacking the usual lush chrome details that are traditionally associated with the MoCo bikes.

Bikes entered in the Battle of the Kings must be customized using whatever assortment of parts their creators think suitable. These parts must be original Harley items picked from the maker's extensive aftermarket catalog. New paint is allowed, but no parts fabrication will be tolerated, and no hacking or sawing must be involved in building these bikes.

While the creativity is somewhat limited by these rules, the Battle of the Kings is a great way to find out how cool the Sportster 883 Iron can look using only parts from the Harley catalog. Check out your country's section on the Harley-Davidson website to see the bikes.
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