Crowd-Sourced Custom Motorcycle. The Racer Sportster By DP Custom Cycles.

DP-Racer1DPRacer2DPRacer3A 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.

DPRacer4DPRacer5Originality 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.

DPRacer7DPRacer8DPRacer9The 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)

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12 Responses to “Crowd-Sourced Custom Motorcycle. The Racer Sportster By DP Custom Cycles.”


  1. 1 Rodent Aug 8th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Now that’s a great looking Sporty Cafe bobber with a Frisco style tank. Nice color also. I like!

  2. 2 Woody's Aug 8th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    NICE! Looks like it’d be a blast to ride, and looks great. Sweet bike.

  3. 3 Dave Aug 8th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I agree

  4. 4 takehikes Aug 8th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Looks well crafted but the design is off a bit. Tank is not really Frisco style (they sit on top of the frame rails) but looks OK. Pipe wrap and front wheel don’t do the bike justice…..

  5. 5 Tooj Aug 8th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Beautiful, just freakin’ beautiful…

  6. 6 cbarter Aug 8th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I like it.

  7. 7 Sovelhead FXRS Aug 9th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    BAD A$$ bike, gentlemen! Very sharp. White exhaust coating and sliders; fantastic. Well done…no surprise! Keep it up…

  8. 8 Nathan Aug 9th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Good looking motorcycle…HOWEVER….. all of the cables are super messy and stand out even more because of the white frame…

  9. 9 Red Aug 9th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    The cables look like cables on a white bike?????

  10. 10 Odlamn Aug 9th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Lots of fun. Great looking build. I’d hate to be caught by a sudden or consistent stiff side wind with solid wheels tho.
    O.

  11. 11 Martin Twofeather Aug 11th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Now that looks like a hell of alot of fun……….

  12. 12 Blackmax Aug 12th, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Echo Martin Twofeather
    Looks like a blast !!!

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