Have you always done custom projects?
Of course! We really enjoy taking a product that “won't fit” and making it work. Usually we customize the baggers, this time we got to step out of the box and really show off what we can do.
How many guys worked on the project and who are they?
Danny Zernicke (Team Lead)- Danny works in the P&A department. Danny is the sporty guru here at the shop and really brought a lot of ideas to the table on this build. His own personal Sportster is truly a work of art.
Nate Barnette (Co-Pilot)- Nate leads the P&A department and is known for his unique style and creativity. When it comes to custom, both Danny and Nate can create some radical machines.
Chad Wiggins (Wrench)- Chad is one of the top Master Technicians in the Mid West. When we started this build, it was tough to visualize the final product and time was not on our side. Chad did a really great job staying focused and the outcome wouldn't of been the same without him.
Dave Householder (Wrenches Assistant)- House is our service liaison guy. He really stepped up and helped Chad out when it was needed. House has a huge resume when it comes to the motorcycle industry; we were fortunate to have him on the team.
The Motor Company had control of what bike we could build for the competition. The first Custom Kings build was done using the XG Street models. This time around we got to choose from a few XL models so we went with Iron 883.
How do you think the Sportster made the leap from “girls bike” to the HD custom of choice?
Nate- I would say the price tag. Nowadays you have Females riding Baggers and Softails everywhere you look, so the phrase “girls bike” will soon be linked to the XG models.
Danny- As long as there are big bad bikers, I don't think it will ever live down that moniker, unfortunately. But as far as being a custom of choice, they're affordable, there's a huge amount of aftermarket parts, easily customizable and they're light, fast little shits, which are all winning aspects of building a custom bike, in my opinion.
Nate- My dream build would be a hopped up Road King. I like simple and stripped down, sleeper! Black instead of chrome. Turbo. All go with a little show.
Danny- I have “Dream Builds” there's way too many bikes and styles for me to just have one, haha.
Whiskey or Beer?
Nate- Jack Daniels and Miller Lite. I drink them both equally and frequently. I have always been a whiskey drinker, due to my grandfather telling me it puts hair on my chest. He was right.
Danny- Who's buying? Beer for sure, but Russian water is my go to.
How do you like your steaks?
Nate- Medium Rare. I'll eat any steak you place in front of me though!
Danny- I like my steaks like my woman, juicy and pink in the middle..