King30 | Custom 2003 Harley-Davidson Road King

Mad skills

2003 Harley-Davidson Road King

2003 Harley-Davidson Road King

Photo: Steven Spoons Model : Alexsandra LaAlemania

King30 isn't only a bike build. It's about the evolution of the skill set that leads to the bagger's creation—specifically, David Rautenberg's genesis from garage builder to full-time professional.

TOL Comp Killa Rear Fender

TOL Comp Killa Rear Fender

Photo: Steven Spoons

After working many years as a mechanic for various motorcycle dealers, David was hungry for something more. He began building and experimenting in his home garage and transitioning into the creative end of the custom spectrum. The outcome of those early days was a burgundy chopper with an inverted front end, fully equipped with air ride, and a nasty S&S-based powerplant. From there, he couldn't go back. He was thoroughly hooked on creating his own iron.

Custom 2-into-1 Exhaust

Custom 2-into-1 Exhaust

Photo: Steven Spoons

After realizing his love of the creative freedom that build provided, David pursued his custom builds full time. A lot of blood, sweat, and paperwork later, PDR Performance was up and running. The shop opened its doors in the summer of 2007 and has moved full throttle ever since. From full-custom builds to general day-to-day mechanic work, no job is too big or too small for David and his small crew. “PDR Performance has quickly established itself as a well-known shop in the Carolinas,” David tells us. “But we're steadily expanding our presence across the country.”

One-off Ride Wright 30-in. Wheel

One-off Ride Wright 30-in. Wheel

Photo: Steven Spoons

The bike David dubbed King30 was built with the intention of being classy and having smooth-flowing lines: “I think we hit that on the head,” he says. “To me a lot of guys just throw a ton of money at a bike and lose focus on what really matters. It has to flow and have the right lines from panel to panel like an Italian sports car.” Which it does, thanks to the combo plate of David's fabrication skills pulling together the Detroit Choppers FL front tire skin, Yaffe stretched tank, and TOL back fender into a sleek, sexy beast.

2003 Harley-Davidson Road King

2003 Harley-Davidson Road King

Photo: Steven Spoons Model : Alexsandra LaAlemania

This build took PRD Performance 30 days from start to finish, going under the knife as an anniversary edition Harley-Davidson Road King. According to David: “It rides and handles like a dream with 5 inches of tunable suspension. After you enjoy your ride hit the switch, let the MRI centerstand down to let the air out, and let this beast stand at attention.”

PDR Performance Paint

PDR Performance Paint

Photo: Steven Spoons

King30 is pretty slick. What it really represents, though, are countless hours of a man learning the ropes of custom bike building followed by making the leap to full-time shop operator.

Dirty Bird Headlight

Dirty Bird Headlight

Photo: Steven Spoons

Bench seats double-stitched diamond suede and leather

Bench seats double-stitched diamond suede and leather

Photo: Steven Spoons

Custom extended bags.

Custom extended bags.

Photo: Steven Spoons

Custom lined bags.

Custom lined bags.

Photo: Steven Spoons

2003 Harley-Davidson Road King

2003 Harley-Davidson Road King

Photo: Steven Spoons

Specifications
General
Owner Rob Barkley
Shop PDR Performance
Shop Phone (843) 457-1420
Year/Make/Model 2003/Harley-Davidson/Road King
Fabrication In-house|
Build Time 30 days
Engine |
Year/Type/Size ’03/H-D/96ci
Builder David Rautenberg
Cases Stock
Cylinders Stock|
Heads Stock
Rocker Boxes Stock|
Cams Andrews
Throttle Body Stock|
Air Cleaner Stock
EFI Controller Stock|
Exhaust Custom 2-into-1|
Transmission |
Year/Type ’03/H-D |
Gears Stock|
Clutch Stock
Primary Drive Stock|
Frame
Year/Type 2003/H-D/Road King|
Rake/Stretch American Suspension|
Suspension
Front End PDR full air ride with H-D chrome lowers
Length 4 in. over
Triple Trees American Suspension |
Swingarm Stock
Rear Shocks PDR full air ride
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size One-off Ride Wright 30-in.
Tire/Size Monster/30 in.
Calipers H-D|
Rotors Ride Wright 13 in.
Rear
Builder/Size Stock
Tire/Size Stock|
Caliper Stock
Rotor Stock
Pulley Stock
Finish/Paint
Manufacturer PDR Performance
Colors Black, Burgundy & Gold
Paint/Graphics Carbon Fiber |
Plating/Polishing Classic Chrome
Powdercoating Specter Powder
Accessories
Front Fender Detroit Chopper FL
Rear Fender TOL Comp Killa
Gas Tank Yaffe
Dash Yaffe
Handlebars Bars by Lupe|
Grips Performance Machine
Mirrors Arlen Ness
Hand Controls Stock|
Foot Controls Performance Machine
Floorboards CamTech
Headlight Dirty Bird
Taillight PDR
Turn Signals PDR
License Mount Dirty Bird
Seat Bench seats double-stitched diamond suede and leather

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