Black & White By DP Customs

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)

24 Responses to “Black & White By DP Customs”

  1. 1 Shifter Sep 27th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Very nice

  2. 2 DP CUSTOMS Sep 27th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Thanks Cyril for the great write-up. Cheers from the DP brothers!

  3. 3 Ray Sep 27th, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Great work by the bros.

  4. 4 Greeko Sep 27th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    A bike for a lot of fun around town (if you are not too tall…)

  5. 5 denis Sep 27th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    une petite merveille sortie d’un excellent atelier!!encore fellicitations…!!

  6. 6 TheFunkyMonkey Sep 27th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Well done brothers! Very well executed on a modern platform.

  7. 7 Jonas Sep 27th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    The Mother Factory will take inspiration from this one.

  8. 8 John Sep 27th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Is that a custom one-off tank? It looks perfect on a sportster.

  9. 9 golfish Sep 27th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I don’t care much for the new cafe style but I got to say that this bike is very clean looking…

  10. 10 Presley Sep 27th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I want one.

  11. 11 Steve Carr Sep 27th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I like it a lot. Big Sporty fan here, great job…

    Steve Carr
    LRM Cycles

  12. 12 ItsMePaul Sep 27th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    If the bike was put together in a garage by some guy or gal who had a regular job and only got to work on it on their spare time. I would be very impressed. But it wasn’t. So I’m not impressed.
    Considering all the tools and machines and parts contacts they have.
    Please. Give me a brake !

  13. 13 Brandon Sep 27th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Give me a brake or give me a break? LOL. I guess a comment by somebody not able to spell correct English doesn’t count! LOL.

  14. 14 RUB Sep 28th, 2012 at 3:30 am

    I agee with Paul

  15. 15 BadMonkeyMW Sep 28th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Gorgeous bike and very well proportioned. I love Sportsters and the Bros. did a nice job on this one.

    The fact is: Those that can build killer bikes, those that can’t criticize on the internet and ride stock bikes. End of story.

  16. 16 calif phil Sep 28th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I really like the bike and it’s nice to see a picture of the builders who are not posing as tough guys.

  17. 17 Kroeter Sep 28th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Not understanding Paul’s line of reasoning. . .I think the bike is pretty cool no matter who built it or with what kind of equipment.

  18. 18 Mccammon Sep 28th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Wow that is a beauty . Well the movement started in the sixty’s glad to see a resurgents of young builders putting out first class cafe racer Mac Out

  19. 19 nicker Sep 28th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    In the best tradition of the English Rockers.
    And way more fordable than a Norvin……. 🙂


  20. 20 Josh from Anthem Sep 29th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Looks great! Now to convince the client he needs an 89″ kit…

  21. 21 bobs56 Sep 30th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    really nice bike guys.

  22. 22 hotrod Oct 1st, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Hey wait a minute. Did Paul Jr. design that exhaust??

  23. 23 Az mc towing Oct 2nd, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    They continue to put out nice stuff . Met them at their shop and just good guys

  24. 24 Bravo Dec 9th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    so awesome

    this is the coolest looking bike I have seen

    I got my first bike, an iron, last year- and have been looking for something like this to have done

    thanks for posting!

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