Laidlaw’s H-D’s Coast Glide Wins US Battle Of The Kings

Photo gallery of the winning Softail from Harley-Davidson’s custom competition.

Coast Glide
Laidlaw’s H-D’s Coast GlideCourtesy of Harley-Davidson

In the first year of Harley-Davidson's Battle of the Kings, the builds were good but nowhere near the level they have reached now. Constant competition between dealerships, spurring each other to do bigger and better things within the BOTK parameters, has led to some absolutely incredible customs, and sitting at the top of them is Laidlaw's H-D's Coast Glide. What started off as a stock Sport Glide has evolved to a top-shelf West Coast-style custom and won the US Battle of the Kings.

The Laidlaw’s gang started off with a Sport Glide, a great base model for bagger aspirations as it already had an inverted fork and saddlebags, but they wanted to make it better. Mixing and matching parts off of other H-D models and adding a handful of aftermarket pieces as well, they had a very specific style they were after. “We wanted it to reflect on-trend California style. It's a throwback to the FXR-style fairing, which looks awesome but is also very functional. We wanted full functionality but with a strong California flair,” said Keith Hurt, service manager at Laidlaw’s.

FXGTS Coast Glide
The FXGTS Coast Glide by Laidlaw's Harley-DavidsonCourtesy of Harley-Davidson
full audio system
A full audio system sits behind the FXR-style fairingCourtesy of Harley-Davidson

The team at Laidlaw’s H-D wasn’t working alone on this project however. In an effort to breathe some new life into the competition, each dealership was partnered with a student or group of students to assist with their custom build. Laidlaw’s was lucky enough to have Isaiah, a high school student who is now enrolled in MMI, along for the build. Isaiah’s perspective and styling input, youthful and relevant, helped the Laidlaw’s staff in contributing to the parts list and overall design as well.

LED headlights
LED headlights and lots of fine details in the paint on Laidlaw’s Coast GlideCourtesy of Harley-Davidson
the Coast Glide
Laidlaw Harley-Davidson’s Battle of the Kings winner: the Coast GlideCourtesy of Harley-Davidson

Kraus handlebar risers were used with tapered bars and paired with mid-mounted foot controls off of a Street Bob to get the rider in the perfect ergonomic position for aggressive riding. A custom seat from Saddlemen locks the rider in and adds some West Coast stunter style to the build. They went with a touring front wheel, integrating the wraparound front fender and upgrading the Sport Glide to a dual front disc brake setup. Sticking to the California theme and knowing how much time Californians spend on highways, the team installed an FXRT-style front fairing. The Sport Glide’s stock bags sit high and fit the line of the custom well, and are still very quickly and easily removed thanks to the original H-D design. Aesthetically, a handful of H-D covers and trim were added to tie the paint in with the bright orange theme, which all works well together and looks great as a cohesive unit.

The team at Laidlaw’s H-D
The team at Laidlaw’s H-D that built the Coast GlideCourtesy of Harley-Davidson
front wheel off of a touring bike
The front wheel off of a touring bike helps the Coast Glide get its perfect stanceCourtesy of Harley-Davidson

There was some attention to the engine’s performance as well as with a Vance & Hines exhaust and street tuner making sure the bike was putting out efficient power and sounding good in the process. All together, it’s apparent the Laidlaw’s team knocked this build out of the park and the voters online and judges agreed.

Coast Glide overlooking California
The Coast Glide surveying the California landscapeCourtesy of Harley-Davidson

Now this bike is heading off to Milan to compete with other international Battle of the Kings winners for the ultimate title! Stay tuned for more information on the Battle of the Kings and the amazing customs that keep coming out of this competition.