Scott Kyle

Scott Kyle helped build one of the best Harley-Davidson custom bikes in the nation.

Kyle, a DeKalb County native, works at Old Fort Harley-Davidson in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was part of a four-man team competing in the Harley-Davidson Custom Kings build-off.

“It’s kind of like American Idol for motorcycles,” Kyle said. “We picked a 2016 Seventy-Two Model Sportster XL1200B. We stripped it down to the frame and did a custom build.”

The Old Fort team consisted of crew chief Mike Freeland and the build crew; Kyle, the service tech, parts and accessories manager Jeremy Wilson and Gabriel Johnson in sales. Kyle said the build took about six weeks to get ready for the first week of voting in the Custom Kings competition.

Kyle said the team lowered the profile on the front and rear fenders and added switchback handlebars, spring seating and a lot of chrome.

“We really chromed it out,” Kyle said. “We wanted it to look like something you could buy in 1958.”

Kyle said Harley-Davidson picked the top 64 build for the competition. After that, customers voted and narrowed the field to 32. The Old Fort team made it to the second round of customer voting in the Custom Kings competition. The second round of voting is underway this week will end March 13. Kyle said people could vote at customkingsvoting.harley-davidson.com/.

“We were tickled to death to make it to the second round,” Kyle said. “We’re hoping we can make it to the Sweet 16.”

Kyle said after the competition, the bike will be put up for sale on the Old Fort showroom floor.

“We wanted to build something that was sellable and rideable,” Kyle said. “It’s got a full warranty and you can hop on it and ride out and it can be serviced at any Harley-Davidson dealership. It’s a one-of-a-kind custom job though.”

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