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Harley-Davidson recently concluded the latest edition of Harley Rock Riders. The festival was a great combination of music and motorcycles and provided a healthy dose of aural and visual stimulation for those at the venue.

While the main attraction for the event was headlining metal band Megadeth, Harley-Davidson also hosted the "Custom Champion" contest for 5 customization houses to showcase redesigned and modified Harley-Davidsons. Customizers brought their projects in from different parts of the country to Mumbai.

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Judging the event would be Kaichiroh Kurosu - a motorcycle customizer from Japan, who has been working on Harley-Davidsons for over 20 years. You may remember him as one of the competitors in the "Ultimate Custom Build" competition, which moderator mobike008 showcased in his super-detailed report on his trip to Japan with Harley-Davidson. Link (Riding Harley-Davidsons in Japan - Street 750, Forty-Eight and Iron 883).

Kaichiroh Kurosu with Claes Loberg, founder of music streaming app Guvera
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Kurosu takes a closer look at all the projects
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Claes Loberg gets a taste of Indian customizer skills as well
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The competitors explain the theme behind their projects. Kurosu only speaks Japanese, but a translator helped bridge the communication gap
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TJ Moto's Tushar Jaitly gets a quick picture
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The Contenders

Delhi's TJ Moto presented a modified Iron 883 christened "Nadia"
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Nadia is based on an Iron 883, but those tyres immediately take your mind to the Forty-Eight
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Small wire wheels with fat tyres really bring out the charm of the bobber theme
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Even the licence plate placement is part of the design
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Exhaust heat wrap adds a rustic charm. Notice the lack of a muffler? Well, let's just say this thing was L-O-U-D
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Fuel tank "belted down" and encased by the frame!
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Small seat held up with a mono-shock absorber
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Exposed belt-drive
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Side mounted speedo gauge
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Hyderabad's East India Motorcycle Revolution i.e. EIMOR Customs brought in a Street 750 named "Highway to Hell"
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This bike belongs to a client who has spent well over the Street 750's sticker price in modifications
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Attention grabbing yes, but may come across as garish for some. Plus sized fairing gives it the aggression of a frill-necked lizard
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Stock MRF tyres
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MJ and Saikat, who run EIMOR Customs, are proficient when it comes to custom paint jobs. In fact, they even did the paintwork for their fellow customizer - Godspeed
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More skull livery. This is a Harley-Davidson after all
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The yellow spots on the crash guard are LEDs that function as indicators
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Tassles to the side
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Skeletal rear view mirror
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Notice only one bend pipe? That's because this one gets two individual exhaust pipes instead of the Street 750's two into one
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Leather bags are functional and get carriers to prevent them from sagging while you lean into a corner. This isn't just a show bike and has been modified for long distance functionality
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Soft and wide seat for long distance comfort
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Handlebar is probably thicker than the Breakout's. It's set nice and wide with speakers to aid those odometer taxing trips
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The grim reaper's Harley
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Mumbai's Motomiu presented Sabretooth - a tricked out Forty-Eight
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IMO, the look is more MV Agusta than Harley-Davidson. You may remember Motomiu's Katanga Uno, that won first place in the best dealer custom bike at the 2015 India H.O.G rally and IBW
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Cables swing really low
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Upside down forks. Evidently showcasing the more sporty side of Milwaukee
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Better keep your shins clear of these hot pipes, especially with those rear set foot pegs
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Chunky rear cowl adds to the "race ready" look. Motomiu likes to work with Softails, somewhat represented with the lack of a visible rear suspension
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Matte finish tank and a fuel cap with Motomiu insignia
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Clip-on style handlebars
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Indicators attached to the mudguard. Sourced from the KTM RC by the looks of it:
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Delhi's TNT brought in their Street Bob named "Urja"
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Not the most attention grabbing design. This is a customer's bike, hence it's more about function than form
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While it is an extensive modification of a Street Bob, it can't compete with some of the others, which are purely show bikes
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Handlebar risers
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Branding on the wheel
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Slim crash guard
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Dollops of chrome are attention grabbing, but don't do much when the design is this understated. TNT is the customization house that gave us Kamaani at IBW!
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Low slung rear end
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A few metallic touches to add a little raw appeal
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TNT has personally milled many parts of the bike
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Finally, we have Kochi's Godspeed Customs, who brought with them "Alecia" - an overhauled Superlow
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Inspiration drawn from the Panhead days?
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The skeletal design got a thumbs up from the metal heads at the festival
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I remember Alecia from IBW
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Slim profile tyres and large wire wheels
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Gloss finish paintwork
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Chrome finished springs add to the already flashy design
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Still think your mirrors are too small ?
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Crown fuel cap
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Finish this bike in red and black, and it may be considered for the movie Ghost Rider!
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Rustic finish for the seat
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Sissy bar looks right at home
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Side mounted licence plate
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Fat, chrome draped pipes. Classic Harley
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The designers pose with their projects on stage. Tushar Jaitly (extreme left) won the competition
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The Street Bob 'Urja' belongs to a close friend in Meerut.
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