Because of environment and legal regulations here in the US and abroad, more custom jobs are done on a Harley-Davidson platform already registered and titled, so street legal (at least before customization). Consequently, more custom Harley-Davidson bikes compete in shows against (or with, if in different classes) with full-blown customs built from the ground up (and titled, depending of your State, something like “New Motorcycle Assembled From Parts”).
Just look at the number of these customized factory Harleys present in bike shows like the AMD World Championship of Bike Building. For this reason, last year in Sturgis, Harley-Davidson became an official sponsor of the AMD Modified Harley-Davidson class, handing trophies and awards. Satisfied with the level of participation of its custom machines, the Milwaukee company just renewed its partnership with the AMD show organizer for the full 2010/2011 championship. As evidence of a nice cutom bike built on a Harley platform, I feature a picture of the bike called “Strike True II” recently winner of the Ace Cafe London Motorcycle show and built in the UK by Shaw Harley-Davidson (picture ArtVisage UK)