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Motorcycles Thunderbike’s Emperor Sportster Was Almost A King

21:19  15 may  2020
21:19  15 may  2020 Source:   motorcyclecruiser.com

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We reported on the winner of Harley’s recent King of Kings contest a while back, but there was another entry in the build-off that caught our eye too, and even snagged its own shout-out. The 1995 Evo-based Sportster custom named The Emperor comes from the H-D Thunderbike dealer and custom shop in Niederrhein Germany, which is no stranger to the V-twin custom world. Although The Emperor didn’t snag the coveted grand prize in the contest, it got a special commendation from the big dogs at H-D, specifically Brad Richards, VP of Styling and Design at Harley-Davidson, who named it as the H-D Styling Team Pick. Hell, If that’s not pat on the back, we don’t know what is.

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a motorcycle parked on the side of a dirt field: This tasty 1995 Evo-based Sportster chop nabbed the H-D Styling Team Pick at the latest King of Kings build-off. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser This tasty 1995 Evo-based Sportster chop nabbed the H-D Styling Team Pick at the latest King of Kings build-off. a motorcycle parked on the side of a dirt field: This tasty 1995 Evo-based Sportster chop nabbed the H-D Styling Team Pick at the latest King of Kings build-off. © Ben Ott/Thunderbike Harley-Davidson This tasty 1995 Evo-based Sportster chop nabbed the H-D Styling Team Pick at the latest King of Kings build-off.

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a motorcycle parked on the side of a dirt field: The rules in this King of Kings competition stipulated that the main frame couldn’t be tweaked and the swingarm had to be fully functional. Check and check. © Ben Ott/Thunderbike Harley-Davidson The rules in this King of Kings competition stipulated that the main frame couldn’t be tweaked and the swingarm had to be fully functional. Check and check.

The 2020 King of Kings finale was meant to highlight the fact that the iconic Sportster is one of the easiest vehicles in Harley’s range to customize. And even though The Emperor was built mainly from scratch, with a wealth of handmade parts, it shows that capability to the nth degree, with a meticulous, painstaking level of attention to even the smallest details like the muffler end caps, the in-house-designed gearshift lever and hand-shaped, rubber-mounted oil tank.

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a close up of a motorcycle: A Narrow Glide fork nails the chopper vibe, while the triple tree, headlights, speedo brackets, and subtle turn signals were milled from a full block of aluminum. © Ben Ott/Thunderbike Harley-Davidson A Narrow Glide fork nails the chopper vibe, while the triple tree, headlights, speedo brackets, and subtle turn signals were milled from a full block of aluminum.

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a close up of a motorcycle: The Evolution engine was completely disassembled, given new cylinders and pistons, and the block powdercoated black. A Rekluse automatic clutch also found its way down below. © Ben Ott/Thunderbike Harley-Davidson The Evolution engine was completely disassembled, given new cylinders and pistons, and the block powdercoated black. A Rekluse automatic clutch also found its way down below.

In fact there are so many drool-worthy details on the bike, we’ll just serve up this gallery of some, courtesy Thunderbike. Enjoy.

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For information on the King of the Kings contest visit: h-d.com/customkings. Check out more from Thunderbike at: thunderbike.com.

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