welcome to The Ride 2016 – a combination of two iconic American brands, three bike-building teams, a challenge book and a route map. Spiced rum specialist, Sailor Jerry, has created an epic nine-day competitive riding challenge and it all started with a bike-build-off on a Harley-Davidson Street Bob®.
All three teams have taken different approaches to their customisation, producing three distinctive looks using a mix of authorised Harley-Davidson® parts and accessories and additional bolt-ons. All three Street Bobs have now hit the road as they head to the finale in Stevenage on 9 July ahead of the winners being crowned one day later.
One of the biggest deciders of the winning team will be their support on social media, including a public vote on the best bike build on Sailor Jerry’s Facebook page. FTH is currently winning the vote for their custom Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob, which sports an unusual exhaust configuration, a Sportster Forty-Eight® tank with bespoke paint job and some adapted handlebars.
In second position is The Originals, with a purple bike that was inspired by the fact that Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins was the first person to create a purple tattoo. The self-confessed cosmetic approach taken by the team, who are not custom bike builders, also includes a bespoke seat.
Currently trailing in the vote is Kingdom of Kicks – a team led by custom bike builder, James Jordan. They’ve taken inspiration from drag style racers for their Street Bob Special®, which features a different tank, handlebars and exhaust.
Check out all three bikes here to see which team you think has the edge and cast your vote here before Saturday 9 July.
We’ve already seen the competitive spirit of all three teams kick up a gear since staring; from doing squats with a beer balanced on their heads to getting tattoos, shaving their hair and eating Nottingham’s hottest chicken wings, the three teams have ridden hundreds of miles already – even sleeping rough along the way at times to pick up extra points.
Stay up to date with all of the riding fun and crazy challenges on the Harley-Davidson UK Facebook page and Instagram using #TheRideSJUK.