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The five, selected by online public voting, are (in alphabetical order):


Base model

Entry title

Guildford H-D

Softail Street Bob

The Petrali Racer

Maidstone H-D

Softail Street Bob


Shaw H-D

Softail Street Bob

The Edge

Sycamore H-D

Sportster Forty-Eight

Alley Rat

West Coast H-D

Softail Street Bob


The five finalists will now be judged by an exclusive panel of guest judges at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show 2018 at ExCel London, in order to select the overall winner. We’ll let you know the winner next week.

It goes without saying the team here at Shaw's wishes all four fellow official Harley-Davidson dealerships the best of luck and may the best Dark Custom machine win. To see the stunning Harley-Davidson BOTK Dark Custom builds at the show, simply aim for the Harley-Davidson UK & Ireland stand (M75), where the machines will be prominently displayed.

2018’s Battle of the Kings competition took the form of official Harley-Davidson dealerships creating a road legal Dark Custom machine within a strict budget of £5,500 and from a select list of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The list of base models for competing dealers to choose from to compete in this year’s BOTK was Sportster® Dark Custom® models Iron 883™, Forty-Eight® and Roadster™; plus the Street® 750 and Street Rod®; and also from the exciting line up of nine all-new Softail® motorcycles for 2018, the latest Street Bob® and Fat Bob®.

For more information on Dark Custom customisation and how we can help create your very own custom ride, please contact us or call in at your convenience.