DP Custom Cycles Challenge. The 10 Best Designed Concept Motorcycles.

DP0With the help of Local Motors, a crowd-powered automotive design, manufacturing and technology group, the Del Prado brothers (Justin and Jarrod) – the partners of Arizona-based DP Custom Cycless – challenged participants to submit motorcycle concepts based on the 2000-2003 Harley Davidson Sportster.

After an intense design review of more than 200 submissions, the winning concept, the DP Racer by Andre Costa of Portugal, was hand-selected by the founders of DP Custom Cycles (see video at end of article.) Andre’s design was selected because of its overall “beautiful design, clean, classic lines, and the truly amazing air intake that the Del Prado brothers really wish they would have thought of. DP Cycles will now bring this bike to life, with completion date stated for 3rd week of July.

First place, and a $2,000 cash prize, will be awarded to Andre Costa (aka Lude) from Portugal, for his winning design, the DP Racer. Second and third place prizes of $1,350 and $950, respectively, will be awarded to Oberdan Bezz (aka OBIBOI) of Italy for his stock car-inspired Talladega concept, and to Marc Senger (aka sixten), from the United States, for his 1960s NASA-themed concept, the DP Customs Lander. Fourth through tenth place finalists will each receive a $100 cash prize.

The Top 10 Finalists

DP11st place:
DP Racer by Andre Costa (Lude), Portugal
A motorcycle inspired by the Brabham BT44 with a Martini Racing livery. Air filter cover directly inspired by the roof scoop of the Brabham BT44, tall and thin.

DP22nd place:
Talladega by Oberdan Bezzi, Italy

DP33rd place:
Lander by Marc Senger, USA
An ode to the American space race.

DP44th place:
Cobra DP by Paulo Italiani, Brazil

DP55th place:
Stealth Concept by Vincent Graviere (Dirtybrush), France

DP66th place:
DP 40 by Robert O’Brien, Canada
Inspiration: 1966 MKll GT40

DP77th place:
DPC OTTO by Vincent Montreuil, England

DP88th place:
GT40 DP Customs by Stoianov Sebastian Mihai, Romania

DP99th place:
Paolo Corcagnani, Germany
Classic race car inspired

DP1010th place:
DPC Invader by Bhushan Deshmukh (bhushan), India

20 Responses to “DP Custom Cycles Challenge. The 10 Best Designed Concept Motorcycles.”

  1. 1 Skeptical Apr 26th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Anyone notice not one of these concepts has a suspension?

  2. 2 Brad Apr 26th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Skeptical. So ???

  3. 3 Shifter Apr 26th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Some very cool designs. My preferred is 10th place!

  4. 4 P. Hamilton Apr 26th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    The Ac cover of winner is a great, great idea.

  5. 5 Bird Apr 26th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    @Skeptical- all the designs are supposed to be hard tails. The suspension is limited to the seat and fork.

  6. 6 A 1 CYCLES INC. Apr 26th, 2013 at 11:17 am


  7. 7 Fritz Apr 26th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    What beautiful bikes! A lot of talent there.

    The judges must have had a very hard time making their choices.

  8. 8 Roger Apr 26th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Very kewl.

  9. 9 G. Princeton Apr 26th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Like them all.

  10. 10 burnout Apr 26th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    All are nice builds. Would love to ride em all! peace

  11. 11 58_pan Apr 26th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Very nice designs! Even though the concepts came from different countries most of the bikes have 2into1 exhausts of similar design….hmmmm wonder if any exhaust manufacturers are watching?

  12. 12 Ernando Apr 27th, 2013 at 1:54 am

    You guys do realize these are all computer generated drawings, right?
    Allf ormulaic too: all have 2 into 1 header, all are rigid frames I mean a little bit of paint here, a few added on doo-dads and presto,innovation and talent? Bland,predictable and BORING!

  13. 13 Doc Robinson Apr 28th, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Bland, predictable and BORING? Are you and I looking at the same images Ernando? Within the parameters of the competition, the designers have displayed some very sweet and cool ideas in my opinion. Congrats to these 10, you are all winners to my mind.

  14. 14 Blackmax Apr 28th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Agree with A-1, Oustanding, all the way around

  15. 15 courtney Apr 29th, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Nice! Love ’em all!

  16. 16 Larry R Apr 29th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I like all of them. Thanks Cyril and DP

  17. 17 Toby Apr 29th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    All nice bikes, but “concept”? Concept vehicles are supposed to be new and innovative. Nothing here is new or innovative. Wrong bikes for this particular contest.

  18. 18 P. Hamilton Apr 29th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Toby. Concept means not produced. So, they are all concepts until built.

  19. 19 BC Apr 29th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    After having built many Sportys (iron head) in the 70s, it’s nice to see all the renewed interest in the past few years. These are all nice custom bikes. As to all the unusable “concept pieces of motorcycle artwork” interesting, but kinda like elephants, Fun to look at but I would want to own one.

  20. 20 nicker Apr 30th, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Nice scooters, but where are the “10 design concepts”….???
    As far as “concepts” go, they all seem to look about the same (to me anyway).


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