Firefighting veteran has hot bike ideas

Words & Photos: John Gunnell

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King’s Customs  is owned by Richard King, a motorcycle enthusiast who is also a veteran firefighter. He was on the Yukon Oklahoma Fire Dept. for 34 years. Today, he runs a nationally known bike shop that showcases its craftsmanship at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

King’s Customs was originally known as "The Shop." The business started in July 2006. Back then, it was housed in a small 900-sq.-ft. storage unit. It didn’t stay there for very long. In 2007, the company moved to a different building that was large enough to accommodate a complete customizing facility.

The move to the new facility allowed King’s Customs to transform itself into a one-stop shop that could provide everything from standard Harley-Davidson service and repair work to custom painting and airbrush work. The shop also offered bodywork, sheet metal fabrication and powder coating.

In 2014, King moved the business again. This time it relocated in an even larger and better facility. This move allowed the shop to offer more work on daily driven mptorcycles, but also provided more space to dress up bikes with add-on features and expand the customization work.

“The new features of the shop allowed more folks to come out and see the work we did,” said King during SEMA 2015. “They could also show off their own work or just kick back and relax with other people who enjoy the bike world!”

King Customs takes pride in providing over-the-top customer service and excellent workmanship. “We treat every bike as if it's our own,” said King. “And we want each customer to be happy that he or she came to our shop. Once our customers feel and see these qualities, they spread the word to others.”
 Kings Custom’s has created a nucleus of talent that contributed to the success of the shop. “We toss around ideas, sometimes taking things on and off until we get the look to meet a customer’s expectations,” said King. “We are a small shop in comparison to what you see on TV, but trust me, it doesn't get built in seven days! We do the very best we can, but take the time to make it right.”

The specialty of the house is modification work on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, from bikes with basic add-ons to full-blown customizing. “If you are looking to add a special touch or a louder sound, we can make it happen,” King pointed out. As you can see, the bike he displayed at SEMA was definitely a full-blown custom and it got a lot of attention all week long.



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