Eyecandy : Kane’s delicious Street Bob Custom
Harley-Davidson’s Battle of the Kings allows its network dealers to showcase their talents and earn bragging rights both nationally and internationally with some 200 retailers from 30 countries participating in a challenge that will see a global champion crowned late this fall.
The guys at Kane’s Harley-Davidson in Calgary were up to the task and asked builder Josh Pavel to gather the knowledge he gained during previous Battle of the Streets competitions (where humble Street 500s and 750s were turned into everything from choppers to dirt trackers to drag bikes) and put those skills to use on a new project.
There are some rules to keep the playing field relatively level and the resulting bikes within the realm of possibility for average pocketbooks. Not wanting the bikes to become a bottomless money-sink, the budget for each build can equal only half the cost of the original bike upon which the custom is based. With these rules in mind, the question becomes, where do teams spend for the best visual bang for the buck?
“Eye Candy,” both a name and a description, started life as a Street Bob, a bit of a surprise as the look has been transformed into pure old school chopper with little resemblance to the donor machine.
So, where did Kane’s spend the money? Primary additions to the build are a 26-inch black springer front end, a Sportster fuel tank with lustrous Hardcandy paint, a chiseled low handlebar, a custom fishtail exhaust, custom fabricated sissy bar, Screamin’ Eagle Ventilator air cleaner kit, Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street tuner, spring seat install kit, 21-inch front wheel, 17-inch rear tire and the taillight from a 2009 FXDB.
Eye Candy will first face off against other bikes from Canadian dealers that range from transformed a Sportster, Fatboy, this Street Bob custom to others that run the gamut of Harley offerings.
Once crowned, the Canadian winner faces national winners from other countries with the global crown being presented at EICMA 2019 in Milan, Italy in early November. Voting for the Canadian winner has closed but will reopen for the international winner. Will this Street Bob custom be the winner? We will have to wait and see.
Photos: Mike Yukon
Canadian Biker #340