Mad, bad, and dangerous to know. That’s how I’d sum up the 2017 Harley-Davidson Road King brought to the big show. That knobby front tire, streamlined look, and piggyback shocks damn near dare people to just go all kinds of buck wild on this aggressive machine. Armed with the goal of making a tracker/café-style performance motorcycle out of a Touring platform, Eder stripped his bike down, shedding all kinds of weight to it in the process. In the end, he got more than he bargained for.
“The coolest aspect is that this bike is more fun to ride than any bike I have ridden,” Eder says. In fact, anyone who’s new to Harleys might look at it and think it was a beefy FXR instead of a bagger. By restraining the overpowering urge to go over the top, Eder not only held strong to his design goal, but he kept his Baggers Invitational Build-Off entry well within the affordable range for people who put rideability first.