They are brothers and best friends. Every day Jarrod & Justin Del Prado work together,sharing the same passion for turning stock motorcycles into 2-wheel hot rods riding better and faster than in their original factory delivery. On this project they used a low mileage 1200 cc Harley Sportster , their goal being to strip off all of the excess and make the bike ride and handle much better. A philosophy that they summarize with these words: “building freedom rides designed to cut you loose of the world and all its rules…”
Client agreed on the idea of very simple and crisp black and white paint job and to very sharp/angular lines inspired by the shape of a great gas tank that the brothers found out. After hand fabricated a seat pan & cowl Jarrod & Justin turned their attention to the exhaust that they boxed to match the other angular lines they were giving to the Sportster. Justin welded chambers inside of the collector to direct flow and reduce excess decibels. The brothers tell me that this exhaust was Dyno tested and performed really well with a slightly higher pitch than stock pipes. No modification to the harley engine except opened up the intake with a Ness Big Sucker and improving a little bit the spark with a Crane single fire ignition/coil combo.
For improved handling, the choice was to use a pair of excellent 14″ Progressive 970’s in the rear while the front end was lowered and stiffened. Factory wheels were swapped for a 19″ front and 18″ rear dressed in Dunlop GT501 tires. A set of black anodized adjustable rearsets from Shane Sickle was bolted on to keep the feet high and out of corners way. A minimum of chrome was kept with the primary cover, cam cover, rocker boxes and forks which getting the semi-gloss black powder coat treatment. “Le Mans” style black stripes on top of fairing, gas tank and back seat add a touch of 60’s racing. DP Customs (photography courtesy Strahmphoto)