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‘02 Harley Sportster – DP Customs


Posted on April 2, 2015 by Andrew in Café Racer. 25 comments

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Arizona’s Del Prado brothers, long-time Pipeburners and well-known metal pornographers, have just dropped another killer build into our laps – this time in the form of a gold, caféd Harley Sportster. With so many sweet builds to have already graced our humble pages, it’s hard to know what to say about the brothers that hasn’t been said before. They are clearly prolific to the point of obsession and inspired like a master artist. But there’s one other thing that’s also a certainty; they know their way around a hog almost as well as William and Arthur themselves. And here’s proof. Meet ‘56’.

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Something in the Arizona water? Well, we can’t think of a better explanation; or at least one that doesn’t involve the supernatural. It’s as if the brothers have an innate ability to jam together seemingly unrelated chunks of inspiration and somehow make it all work as one big, beautiful whole.

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And while there’s nothing particularly earth shattering about a café Harley, those with a keen eye will be able to draw a definite line between this build, the Del Prado’s other bikes, and their overall art. This draws from such diverse influences as retro car racing, hot rods and European bike culture, and then mixes it with that most American of folk art forms, the bobbed Harley.

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Attacking the motor first, Jarrod and Justin got things going with a Dynatek Single Fire ignition coil, a Joker Machine intake manifold and into a rather special exhaust. The boys call it a ‘box pipe’ set-up and, as you might expect, it adds a rather unique edge to the Harley’s usual 1930s biplane soundtrack.

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Logo on the fairing references owner’s love of Iron Man Triathlons

Never ones to do things by half, they then took the dream wheels they wanted out of their head movies and made them real by chatting to local boys Thomason Performance to organising some one-on-one time their CNC machine. The final wheels are 19″ for the fronties and 18″ on the flip-side. These were complemented with a hand-fabricated rear cowl and a seat pan fashioned from aluminium.

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Not a security camera, apparently

Brembo is a perennial favourite of the Brothers, and that tradition has been kept here. Up front they’ve gone with a Brembo grabber with an ISR master cylinder, and out back you’ll also find Brembo, but this time with an original Harley master calling (or pushing) the shots.

Bouncing the brakes up and down is a pair of Showas from an S model Sport at the pointy end and a set of Progressive’s 970 series shocks rearwards. To keep up the bespoke count up on the bike, the boys had Shane at Chainsikle machine them up some clip-ons, triples and rear-set footpegs.

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No Lamborghini’s died in the making of this bike

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The ‘56’ on the bike and the smaller stickers on the fairing denote the owner’s love of Triathlons. Despite this, he’s also opted for a few more comfy, luxury additions – mainly in the form of the adjustable levers, also from ISR.

No expense was spared for the seat, as the brothers were instructed to diamond-up the same leather that Lamborghini themselves use for their fancy but annoyingly car-like vehicles. They also decided to ditch the Milwaukee wiring spaghetti in favour of something a bit more home-cooked. Del Prado home-cooked. Gold was blown on by Walkers Way Paint, and the bike was done. Now for its first Triathlon.

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  • KrookStreetRacing

    Sweet! I’ve always loved the look of Harley’s own XLCR and this bike is a great variation on that theme. Always nice to see some ISR-bits as well. If you haven’t felt the quality of their stuff, you really should. And yes, I’m from Sweden…

  • methamphetasaur

    i’ve always thought those tiny fairings looked less than awesome, especially on a cruiser, but then they were on sons of anarchy and now they’re everywhere. so… honest question- do you guys like them because kurt sutter said so, or do you legitimately think they look good?

    i don’t know, maybe i’m just an asshole, but i could never really figure out the point.

    • truthbringer

      better than the big ones, i say.

      • methamphetasaur

        On a cruiser, in general i would agree, but you see quarter and half fairings on cafe bikes every now and again, and I would have to say i prefer either full fairings or no fairings on more sportier bikes.

    • Darrick B

      For me, it depends on the bike. On this bike, I think it looks great and compliments it well. It would look awful on my Harley, though.

    • El Apestoso

      That’s the club bike look you’re talking about. Pretty common to see them on Dynas, and it’s been going on for a lot longer than Sons of Anarchy, though that show certainly popularized the look.

      • methamphetasaur

        Yeah, that’s the one. I’ve never actually seen clubs that have that style/look though (other than soa), but now you see them all the time since the show. Maybe now that the show is over, people will stop doing it…

        • El Apestoso

          First time I saw it was at least 5 years before Sons of Anarchy started. Some guy with a hot-rodded Super Glide Sport. I think that, despite the term used for it, is the real source of that fairing. Hot rodded Dynas, mostly in Southern California. Not sure why they started calling them club bikes. Then again, I haven’t seen a cafe racer that anybody would use for racing in decades, so perhaps a name is just a name.

          • gizzo

            The Gravediggers from the movie “Stone” did the club fairing thing back in the ’70s

    • Ass Ripper

      Fairlings do help with elements. I have to say that I’m not a fan but this bike is very wekk done .

  • Scott T

    Another great looking Harley, makes me think of a Mad Max bike, before everything goes to sh#% and the owner meets a nice guy named Toe Cutter. And thanks for including the rider shot at the end, wish everyone did that! Is that an Emgo, or an Airtech fairing?

    • DP Customs

      Thank you Scott! Glad you like the rider shot, we’re big fans of them too. It’s an Emgo by the way, good eye!

  • methamphetasaur

    I couldn’t find anything on youtube, but is anyone aware of a video somewhere where we could hear the exhaust? The article mentioned the sound and I’d like to give it a listen. It certainly looks good.

    • DP Customs

      To our surprise, we don’t have any video of this pipe handy. However, we do have this clip of its early prototype (different pipe routing but a similar chambered box and exhaust note).

      • fundamental design of the engine is wrong which is why it sounds broken

        • DP Customs

          And a good day to you Sir!

          • i did have a very good day thank you, bike is neat, looks like quality finish, not too sure about the matching colour wrap and shock parts

  • DP comes through again with a great Sportster build! I may have missed it in the write-up but where did the XLCR style tank come from? I’ve been looking for a metal one for years and have come up empty. Always perfect in design and execution.

  • Beautiful….as usual with DP. That’s a tank I never get sick of seeing on a build.

    • Davidabl2

      The writeup doesn’t identify the tank..so what is it?

      • Eric

        Stock Harley XLCR. Do a quick google image search. Great looking bike!

  • SportsterMIke

    Great looking bike, love how the paint matches the shocks and the pipewrap…

  • mr110

    This may be a dumb question but how are the piped wrapped at the bottom of the exhaust? No clamp or anything to secure it? I NEED this look for my bike. so clean

  • not doing it for me at all… amazing craftsmanship and attention to detail, but not to my style in the slightest.

  • Richard Scott

    Not sure how this bike draws on “retro car racing, hot rods and European bike culture” … and bobbed Harley, looks to me like it is drawn exclusively on an updated XLCR.