We Salute Vet-Built WWII-Themed Harley

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Machine gun-toting custom bike scores Baddest Bagger award.

Most bikes you see at any Baddest Bagger event follow what you could call a specific formula: air ride; giant front wheels; crazy expensive and complicated paint schemes; and hi-po engines are the norm. So when the guys at Tallahassee Harley wanted to build a bike for this year’s event, they naturally decided to do something completely different.

And build something different they did. This incredibly modern version of a classic WWII-era Harley wowed the judges at Florida’s statewide 2017 Biker Build Off and took home the crown as this year’s Baddest Bagger. Even better? A good number of the technicians that built the bike are veterans, including lead builder Jeremy Taylor.

A great deal of custom fabrication went into building the WWII-themed bike with an eye toward matching the era’s style and details. All visible bolts were treated with black oxide, and the remaining paint and powder-coating was done in federal standard 383. All in all, around 150 hours of work went into building the bike over the course of a month.

Now that they’ve brought home the gold, Tallahassee Harley is looking to sell the military tribute on wheels. They’re asking around $45,000 for it, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Honor Flight. The non-profit helps facilitate trips for veterans to Washington, D.C., so they can honor the service and sacrifices made by themselves and their fellow vets. And that’s the very definition of win-win.

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts.

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