Custom Kings: Toledo Harley-Davidson

Freedom XLVIII

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Toledo H-D's Custom Kings contender.Courtesy of Harley-Davidson

Toledo H-D chose the name Freedom XLVIII for their entry in Harley's Custom Kings competition. Here's what they had to say about it:

"We wanted to take the Sportster back to the roots with this build. A lot of people these days have forgotten about the importance of this country and the heritage of why we ride. This bike signifies our freedom to be able to ride where ever and whenever we want to. Our custom paint on this bike is a huge part of that. We have an American flag waving in the background throughout the whole bike and have a Bald Eagle ghosted in on the gas tank. On each side cover we added something very special, the right side features the New York skyline with the line 'Land of The Free' and the left side portrays Washington with the phrase 'We the People.' Also, on the gas tank we have a gold leaf Bar and Shield, complimenting that is the gold leaf 'Stage IV' on each side cover that will go along with the use of genuine H-D and Screamin' Eagle products that are all over this bike. We chose to have a low aggressive feel for the bike with the selection of H-D drag bars with Diamond Black grips and an awesome springer seat with offset Bar and Shield. To compliment the gold leaf throughout the bike we had a custom powder coat to match on numerous parts all over the bike. Along with the engine we Diamond Cut the jugs and heads to give the engine a very unique look. We chopped the rear fender to expose more of the rear wheel and continue with the aggressive look and feel of the Sportster Forty-Eight. In addition to that we cut a Bar and Shield into the top of the fender and on both sides we welded on a "H-D" with gold leaf highlight to help support the rear fender. We used a high performance exhaust that is also wrapped to give the bike a very unique sound, a bar end mirror to keep the handlebar area very clean, and a side-mount license plate bracket to keep the rear fender area streamlined. One of the things that we wanted to make present with this build is how much you can customize on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle without one frame modification, we are very proud to say that we achieved that and we couldn't be happier to be a part of this contest."

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Strong is this bike with the patriotism.Courtesy of Harley-Davidson