With 42k Votes Harley-Davidson picks USA Finalists in “BATTLE OF THE KINGS” Competition

Harley-Davidson BATTLE OF THE KINGS

Harley-Davidson BATTLE OF THE KINGS Harley-Davidson BATTLE OF THE KINGS

MILWAUKEE (June 14, 2019) – After fierce online competition, the people have spoken, casting 42,000 votes for the coolest custom motorcycles in the United States. Twenty-one U.S. custom bike builds reign as the “People’s Choice” award winners in Harley-Davidson’s Battle of the Kings competition.

From April 15 to May 15, public voters cast an online ballot for their favorite custom bike across three categories: Chop, Race and Dirt. Competition was steep, featuring more than 40 builds created in partnership with Harley-Davidson® dealers and local trade school students from across the nation. To view* the “People’s Choice” winners locate the award badge on the winning motorcycles at H-D.com/BattleOfTheKings.

Though the Battle of the Kings competition first revved up in 2015, it’s the first year that U.S. trade school students were invited to partner with local dealers for a unique, real-world training opportunity. Under the guidance of experienced Harley-Davidson mechanics, students were introduced to the creativity, customization prowess and technical precision of motorcycle customization.

“With this competition, we are seeing first-hand the passion and drive these students have not only for motorcycling but for leaning into new experiences that teach them how to think big,” said Heather Malenshek, Harley-Davidson Chief Marketing Officer. “Battle of the Kings allows these students to apply their creativity and funnel this passion into real-life applications that will ride with them for generations.”

As the competition continues to roll towards the final crowning of one U.S. Battle of the Kings Champion, the first 18 finalists were announced on Monday, June 10. Harley-Davidson marketing and styling employees selected the top 18 finalists – the top six from each of the three build categories. These bikes have a ‘Category Finalist’ award badge affixed to their motorcycle in the gallery at h-d.com.

The second round of judging will narrow these 18 down to one in each build category of Chop, Dirt and Race. The finalists are set to be announced by July 1 and will be judged by top journalists from American Iron Magazine, Cycle World and Cycle Source as well as Harley-Davidson enthusiast, Milo Ventimiglia, from the TV Series This is Us. 

These top three finalists will then go head to head for the U.S. title at the Annual Harley-Davidson Dealer Meeting held in Milwaukee in August. The competition doesn’t end there, as later in November the U.S. winning bike and its build crew will travel to Milan, Italy to compete with four other global finalists for the ultimate title of “Battle of the Kings Champion.”

Holding these titles is nothing to scoff at. The Battle of the Kings contest is the largest dealer custom bike build competition in the world highlighting the endless possibilities to personalize Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Since its beginnings, Battle of the Kings has created more than 500 custom bikes.Through programs like Battle of the Kings, Harley-Davidson is building the next generation of skilled tradespeople and inspiring students to get involved in the exciting world of motorcycle customization.

See the builds from dealerships around the world and sign up to get your free Battle of the Kings sticker by visiting H-D.com/BattleOfTheKings. Follow the competition on social media with #BattleOfTheKings.

 

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company®
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom by leading the innovation of two-wheeled mobility. The company offers an expanding range of leading-edge, distinctive and customizable motorcycles and brings the brand to life through Harley-Davidson riding experiences and exceptional motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit h-d.com.

 

*Full List of People’s Choice Winners and Category Finalists:

21 PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNERS
Dealer NameBuild CategoryName of School/Technical College
Yellowstone H-DDirtEmerge Private School
Bergen County H-DChopBergen County Technical School of Teterboro
H-D of CarrollRaceIowa Lakes Community College
Black Sheep H-DChopCollins Career Technical Center
Kent’s H-DRaceAbilene High School
Kersting’s H-DChopThe Scill Center
Green Mountain H-DChopNorthwest Technical Center
Laidlaw’s H-DRaceUnited Technical Institute / MMI
Rock City H-DDirtPulaski Technical College
St. Joe H-DChopHillyard Technical Center
Paradise H-DRaceTigard High School
Yankee H-DRaceBristol Technical Education Center
Abernathy’s H-DRaceObion County Central
Brian’s H-DChopBucks County Technical High School
City Limits H-DChopElk Grove Village High School
Cowboy H-DChopVidor High School / Port Neches ISD
Mancuso H-DRaceHeights High School
Mancuso H-DChopCy-fair High School
Red River H-DChopWichita Falls Independent School District Career Education Center
Seacoast H-DChopGreat Bay Community College
Fox River H-DRaceHampshire High School
18 CATEGORY FINALISTS
Dealer NameBuild CategoryName of School/Technical College
Alamo City H-DChopJudson High School
Bergen County H-DChopBergen County Technical School of Teterboro
Black Sheep H-DChopCollins Career Technical Center
Green Mountain H-DChopNorthwest Technical Center
Kersting’s H-DChopThe Scill Center
St. Joe H-DChopHillyard Technical Center
Appalachian H-DRaceCumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School
Kent’s H-DRaceAbilene High School
Laidlaw’s H-DRaceUnited Technical Institute / MMI
Fox River H-DRaceHampshire High School
H-D of CarrollRaceIowa Lakes Community College
Paradise H-DRaceTigard High School
Yellowstone H-DDirtEmerge Private School
Black Magic H-DDirtWilliston High School
Brandt’s H-DDirtMarion Regional Career Center
Dallas H-DDirtGilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center
Rock City H-DDirtPulaski Technical College
Schaeffer’s H-DDirtSchuylkill Technology Center
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