The Harley Davidson King Kong Is Truly A Monstrous and Wonderful Creation
Stored in the late-model display section of the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, there’s one machine sure to cause it’s share of shock and awe.
It’s the King Kong Harley. A one-of-a-kind custom with two complete engines and transmissions, four pipes, two saddles and two sets of handlebars, the King Kong was built (or should we say grafted together) by motorcycle builder, customizer and genius, the late Felix Predko.
Predko, a man who’s name became synonymous with custom-built motorcycles, was a factory-trained mechanic who worked for Zepka Harley-Davidson from 1940 to 1962.
King Kong, his masterwork and magnum opus, was created in 1949 when Predko came up with the wild idea to combine two motorcycles in one. The entire project took him four years to complete.
Equipped with bullet-shaped taillights recycled from a vintage Cadillac, twin 1,200-cc v-twin engines , a stereo radio for the rear passenger and two scuba tanks to hold compressed air to power deafening air horns (horns loud enough to shatter windows and the occasional eardrum), King Kong is now on display at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.
This enormous sucker is more than over 13 feet long from end to end, weighs more than 1,000 pounds with its two synchronized Knucklehead motors, and more than 4,000 hours of work went into the final product, but above all, it lives on as a tribute the the work of a madman and a master, Felix Predko.
Predko passed on in 2004 at the ripe old age of 88…