A few months ago DP Custom Cycles and Local Motors partnered in an online Motorcycle Design Challenge. 106 participants from 25 countries proposed sketches and renderings for a Sportster to be build later by DP Custom Cycles. Andre Costa from Portugal won the design challenge with a motorcycle inspired by the Brabham BT44 with a Martini Racing livery. Making sure to be faithful to Costa’s concept, DP’s Jarrod and Justin Del Prado went to work in their small shop of New River, AZ and just completed the Sportster “Racer” featured here.
Originality of the overall design is based on 2 main ideas: First, a never seen before air intake and air filter cover directly inspired by the tall roof scoop of the Brabham BT44. Second to lower the handlebars in order to make the gas tank pop out like a small hump and give the Sportster its undeniable racing stance.
The metamorphosis of a factory motorcycle into a very cool custom almost always a full tear down of the bike to the bare frame. It’s what the Del Prado brothers did with this 2003 1200cc Sportster, cleaning up the frame, modifying it, building the gas tank and the rear fender with a small wing exactly as De Costa dreamed and sketched it. Donnor bike engine and tranny were strong, so except the addition of a crane single fire/dual coil, work was mostly cosmetic. Notice the custom ordered black powdercoated front wheel Monneyes discs. Pirelli Night Dragon tires. Burly brand MX style pegs, Biltwell grips and throttle sleeve. Custom upholstered Biltwell Slimline seat. DP Customs fabricated exhaust system.
Not a show bike, but a custom with nothing extra fancy, nothing visually busy. Just a strong Sportster to tear up the road and to be admired for its strong personality and simplicity. DP Custom Cycles is now selling this model using your Sportster as donor bike. DP Custom Cycles. (photography copyright Strahm Photo for Cyril Huze)