Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings: Czech Republic

Custom Street 750 for H-D's Dark Custom King challenge

The idea of an OEM supplying bikes for their dealers and builders to modify is good. But when you pit them against themselves, and open up the contest to all European dealerships: you get something really incredible. The Street 750 as a platform opens thing up, as it is a Harley unlike we have ever seen before. It's a smaller bike, lighter weight, liquid cooled, and more oriented for city riding than long tours.

When looking through the builds I found many of the builders doing what H-D fans so often do: replicating other Harley-Davidson models. But the Street 750 is a beast of it's own breed. So to see the Custom Kings with the talent and know-how to pull of a totally unique build on this unique platform, gives me a lot of hope for the direction of the custom scene.

This bike is from the Prague, in the Czech Republic and is named SHDB 04. It was inspired by the Lotus C01 and watch manufacturer Bell & Ross' custom Harley-Davidson "The Nascafe Racer." The Custom King heading up this build is named Ondrej Odehnal, a builder not particularly well known here in the states. But the custom metal work on his bike is flawless, the way the builders followed the natural lines of the 750, keeping some of the contours but delivering a purpose-driven speed-machine in the end is beautiful. A touch-less control box and a smartphone in place of speedometer, custom exhaust, handlebars, mirrors, LED headlight, new brake lines to fit the new bars, as well as pegs and levers, full modification on the gas tank and front fender: whatever body parts weren't custom built for this bike were modified.

Stay tuned for more of the Battle of the Kings bikes, and follow the link below to vote!

The national first stage of the Battle of the Kings is over, but the nine bikes selected to represent their nations are on Harley-Davidson's site now for you to vote on! The top five winners will be brought out to the Wheels and Waves festival in June, where a professional jury will judge the top five based on popular vote.