Harley Davidsons Battle of the Kings competition is back for 2019, with the annual Harley-Davidson dealer custom motorcycle build-off showcasing the knowledge, creativity, and expertise of over 115 years of customisation experience.
After a very successful ANZ campaign in 2018, the competition is set to return to Australia & New Zealand for the second year this July, with the 2019 contest representing a truly global experience as dealers from the United States join the likes of Europe, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, India, China and South America in the pursuit to be crowned the Custom King.
Voting for the top ANZ contenders will be open to the general public via www.h-d.com/BattleOfTheKings from 15 July 2019 until 15 August 2019, with five finalists then going before an expert judging panel, with the 2019 Australian & New Zealand Custom King announced late August.
For the first stage of the competition, 26 Harley-Davidson dealers from across Australia and New Zealand will go head-to-head showcasing their one-off, two-wheeled creations. In a new element to the competition this year, dealerships can select their base bike from any Harley-Davidson model family (excluding CVO and Trike) to enter into one of three build categories – Dirt, Chop or Race.
Once crowned, the ANZ winner will take to the world stage in a showdown against national champions from across the globe. Four finalists will be selected from the participating nations to be showcased at the EICMA, alongside the US finalist in Milan, Italy where the 2019 Global Custom King will be revealed.
Dealers have a maximum customisation budget of up to 50% of base bike value, with at least half of the parts and accessories used in the build required to be from the 10,000+ Genuine Harley-Davidson Parts & Accessories range. Once complete, the bike must also be road legal.