Battle of the Kings: Art of Steel

The voters don't always get it right

H-D Art of Steel
Art of Steel Sportster Roadster by Harley-Davidson SzczecinHarley-Davidson

The masses aren’t always right. When I see a vacuum with 6,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, I’ll believe it. But when I see some of the bikes that have made the finalists of Battle of the Kings sitting next to this bad boy that didn’t make the cut… I lose a little faith in humanity.

‘Art of Steel’ is a motorcycle celebrating the base material for the creations we love. The start of it all. Raw metal.

The team at Harley-Davidson Szczecin (it's a tough one to say for those of us who aren't Polish), set out to make a completely different Sportster and chose the Roaster as their platform.

Art of Steel Sportster
Art of Steel Sportster Roadster by Harley-Davidson SzczecinHarley-Davidson

Exposed welds. Natural discoloration from the changing temperatures of the metal. Hard angles. This bike is an exercise in fabrication just as much as it is in design. The rough looks of the body are contrasted with the clean, smooth exhaust that joins underneath the bike before then separating back into two. The bike's brake/ taillight is integrated seamlessly into the tail section, keeping it tight and minimal.

LEDs housed in the front fairing form a ring as a daytime riding light, the middle of which illuminates with the iconic H-D logo as the bike’s brights.

Art of steel Roadster
Art of Steel Sportster Roadster by Harley-Davidson SzczecinHarley-Davidson

With the voting for this leg of Battle of the Kings closed, unfortunately there is no hope for this bike taking the title. What we can do is try to get more eyes on the competition with discerning taste and hope that high levels of fabrication like we see here can get recognized in the future.

Be sure to head over to Harley-Davidson's site here, and check out the other Custom Kings we have featured on Cruiser as well!

Art of Steel Roadster
Art of Steel Sportster Roadster by Harley-Davidson SzczecinHarley-Davidson
Art of Steel Roadster
Art of Steel Sportster Roadster by Harley-Davidson SzczecinHarley-Davidson
Art of Steel Roadster
Art of Steel Sportster Roadster exhaust by Harley-Davidson SzczecinHarley-Davidson
Art of Steel Roadster
LED running lights on the Art of Steel Sportster Roadster by Harley-Davidson SzczecinHarley-Davidson