Custom King: James Slessor
Model: Iron 883™
I’ve always had a deep routed passion for customisation, putting my stamp on something and really making it my own. From my push bikes as a kid, to some of the many cars and bikes I have owned over the years. Harley Davidsons lend themselves so well to this, as they are the most versatile and customisable bikes on the market, with such a vast array of parts, accessories and knowledge available, no two Harleys need look the same.
The bike we have selected this year is a 2017 MY XL883N, sportster iron. We have selected this bike with its timeless ‘Old School’ style in mind, and endless customisable features. This year we decided to go for a Rat Rod theme build, working on the basis of less is more.
Starting from the ground up, we went for some white wall tyres to keep with the old school look. As the Iron sports many blacked out features, we looked at details such as spindle covers to give the wheels and fork lowers a clean edge finish. Keeping with the blacked out theme we added a black crinkle finish clutch cover, and lower belt guard.
Moving up the bike we’ve gone for the classic HD Bobber solo saddle, paired with widened flat tracker bars and nostalgic grips, offering a nice riding stance, arms out wide and the seat down low.
On to the performance upgrades, a full stage 1 has been added, using a Screaming eagle stage 1 air filter kit and keeping the element exposed, together with an Arlen-Ness 2-1 exhaust system in satin black and a power vision remap, increasing the power by 10%.
The original HD colour, Red iron Denim was the perfect finish for the build. Taking inspiration from the Rat Rod scene, where less is more showing the bare bones of the machine. The Iron lends itself perfectly to this look, being such a classic style and versatile bike, with some modest modifications, you can transform this dark custom Sportster into a timeless Rat Rod style bobber with ease.
One area of the build were especially happy with is the Arlen-ness 2 into 1 exhaust system, this pipe stands out from the norm, delivering both power and an incredible engine note. Also the look of this system was perfectly in keeping with the overall old school theme of the build, finishing it really well.