The Harley-Davidson Road King isn’t the most popular kid in the MoCo touring line; that honorific goes to the Street Glide. However, the popular kids aren’t always the most fun to be around, as they have reputations and whatnot to consider, along with public image, and blah blah blah. When you’re not everyone’s first choice for prom royalty, though, you’ve got freedom to do whatever the hell you want. Which may be the Road King’s hidden strength. That bestowed flexibility is part of what makes it a terrific platform for creating a custom bike.
East Coast Super Bikes (ECSB) transformed this one into its idea for the King of Kings from a stock 2013 Harley-Davidson of the Road King persuasion. Working over a six-month period, the shop reexamined every aspect of this motorcycle, from diving into the motor to crowning the finished machine with a two-up saddle from Speed By Design.
ECSB’s Dennis Earley put in a lot of work morphing the Road King into what you see before you. Although the Twin Cam powerplant only displaces 103 inches, its internal parts were upgraded with Screamin’ Eagle guts to make the bike a ripper.
ECSB reworked the rake and stretched the frame to accommodate a Mad Industries 30-inch front hoop set in Vee Rubber. Seeing as how the back wheel would be covered by a Speed By Design fender and bracketed by saddlebags, the shop decided not to swap out the rear wheel, instead leaving it in place along with the stock rotor and caliper.
If you’re going to call a motorcycle the King of Kings, it better look the part, and stock skin just doesn’t scream “regal.” That’s why Speed By Design was called upon to provide the sleek new raiment to give this King its royal look; you may know it better as the sheet metal package.