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K&N Performer Award at the New York IMS Goes to 2011 Harley® Fatboy Custom

Harley-Davidson Fatboy New York IMS K&N Award winner side view

From the tall front wheel to the sweeping bags, 'The Mistress' is an eye-catcher

Each staging of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) features an impressive slate of awards given out at the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. K&N sponsors three of the most exciting categories – Modified Harley, Modified Retro, and the K&N Performer award.

A seductive Harley Bagger aptly named ‘The Mistress’ rolled away with the K&N Performer Award at the second stop of the IMS in New York, New York. The custom Fatboy was built by Cycles at 117, a full-service shop based in Keyport, New Jersey, for owner Brian Perhacs. As the winner of the K&N prize, Perhacs walked away with a trophy, and also $750 worth of the finest intake and filtration products in the world.

Harley-Davidson Fatboy New York IMS K&N Award winner front view

The Harley bagger is tall in the front and low in the back

Now let’s take a look at that salacious bagger. The Mistress is crafted around a fully built 107-inch S&S engine. Of course, there is a K&N filter in that S&S intake. The V-twin is blacked out except for polished cooling fin ends on the big jugs. The exhaust is equally positioned on the dark side with its matte black finish and subtly artful header bends.

Up front, Cycles at 117 made room for a massive 26-inch wheel that features the same black motif as the engine with polished aluminum detailing. The custom front fender is finished on the bottom like a Roman soldier’s helmet. Impressively high ape-hanger handlebars rise above a cool, sculpted headlight feature that holds much of the instrumentation.

Out back, a Bad Dad Competition bagger rear end adds dramatic length to the already massive build. On top of the sculpted rear fender is a compact passenger seat. The driver pillion is set extra low, making for a dramatic reach up to the towering grips.

Harley-Davidson Fatboy New York IMS K&N Award winner side view

The blacked out S&S V-twin is the centerpiece of the K&N Award winner

That leads us to that stunning paint. Rick’s Superpaint applied a coating that is truly deep and eye-catching. The fenders, tank, bags, headlight shroud, and other bits and pieces are detailed in a combination of flames and geometric shapes that are featured in various shades of blue, accented with black. That variety of images and colors, while seemingly disparate, works together perfectly.

So, so far, that makes a naked Harley Shovel at the Long Beach IMS and a massive bagger in New York that have walked away with the K&N Performer award. Stay tuned to see what customs garner the K&N spotlight and the next stops of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show.

The remaining stops of the IMS:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cleveland, Ohio

Dallas, Texas

Chicago, Illinois

Washington D.C.


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