Battle of the Kings: West Coast Forty-Eight

A SoCal Style hot rod Sportster from H-D Stuttgart, Germany

The term SoCal is thrown around so much these days. Being a Southern California native, most of the time it makes me cringe. Hearing designers refer to a stock, uninspired looking cruiser as a "SoCal," style bike will just never sit right with me. This on the other hand... I took one look at the destination and wondered where on the West Coast Stuttgart was. These guys nailed the style with a truly wicked hot rod Sporty.

West Coast Sportster Forty-Eight
West Coast Forty-Eight by H-D StuttgartH-D Stuttgart

So what is it? The Z-bars? The candy paint? The pin striping? The classic hot rod looking devil on the tank? Yes. All of those things blend so well with the old school, low-slung stance of the Forty-Eight. The understated matte bits set off the contrast cut accessories and covers around the engine.

Minimal blinkers tuck into the short fender struts on the back and the stock mirrors from the Forty-Eight were reinstalled on the Zs-- still looking great.

West Coast Sportster Forty-Eight
West Coast Forty-Eight by H-D StuttgartH-D Stuttgart

One of the big restrictions in the Battle of the Kings is how much of the bike you have to leave Harley-Davidson. The original vision from the Stottgart team was to put together a cafe racer for the contest, but they had to reevaluate due to the restrictions and how much modification they wanted to do on their cafe build. After taking a look at how much they could do and what they had to work with, they decided to go with a more bobbed out, West Coast hot rod style.

They used a short rear fender and reworked a slammed seat from the original H-D pan. Blacked out exhaust, fork boots, and just about everything else except that wicked pop of red from the wheels. Thee did blacked out perfectly, accentuating their little bursts of color. Keeping it sublte-ish but full of detail.

West Coast Sportster Forty-Eight
West Coast Forty-Eight by H-D StuttgartH-D Stuttgart
West Coast Sportster Forty-Eight
West Coast Forty-Eight rear fender detailH-D Stuttgart

Plain and simple, it's a damn clean Sportster. The stance is rideable and it's got style for miles. It looks like a bike I'd see winning bike nights and local shows here in Orange County.

The vote for Battle of the Kings is closed and this one made it into the finalists. To see the other bikes we've written up, check out Battle of the Kings and to see all the bikes that entered, check out Harley-Davidson's site HERE!

West Coast Sportster Forty-Eight
West Coast Forty-Eight by H-D StuttgartH-D Stuttgart