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DP Customs – ‘Seventy Three’ Harley Ironhead

Posted on April 29, 2012 by Andrew in Bobber. 41 comments

Study the keeping of time and you’ll soon realise that methods for keeping track of the multitudinous moments that tick by before we all drop off this mortal coil are as many as they are varied. Which is all good and well, but what’s the best way of accurately measuring time if you are a biker? You can’t see a wristwatch under your leathers and take it from me, using radioactive isotopes to power your handle bar-mounted atomic clock really isn’t a good idea – the judge said I may never get off that damn terrorist watch list. But never fear, for I have found a way to measure biker time so accurately you’ll never need a watch again. How? It’s easy! You just need to note the time that has elapsed between two cool Harleys that are rolled through the out door at DP customs and divide by 60 to get a perfectly accurate 1 second measurement. Why? Because that’s just about how often they’ve been managing to produce their superb new creations. At this rate, every Arizonian man, woman and child will be riding an DP Customs Ironhead by this time next year. Best get your ear plugs now before stocks run out.


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DP Customs – ‘The 3’ Harley Ironhead

Posted on March 25, 2012 by Andrew in Bobber. 35 comments

I’ve studied the evidence. I’ve taken the facts at hand and made an educated deduction. Inside all mysteries there lies a precious core of truth, and I have arrived at the center of this one. Giant metallic moths. Giant metallic mechanical moths. Possibly powered by uranium, or an isotope there of. Maybe Einsteinium. Now I would like to say they have wings, but I think that multiple tentacles is the more likely of the appendages. Tentacles that are able to handle many tools at once – metric, imperial and British Standard Whitworth. And they would be aligned in rows – but not just any old rows. They’d be in a kind of shark’s teeth formation so that if one should become inoperable another unit would rise up to take it’s place almost immediately and would be individually assisted by a cloned army of that old lady called “Shirl” who lives down the bottom your street, but with a cyclops eye due to an error in the genetic code. And the moths would operate with a pneumatic scream not dissimilar to the sound of a thousand formula one wheel nut removers, which would of course be very loud. But not as loud as the music playing over the PA system. It’s Yello with that “Oh Yeah” song from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Probably at about 145-150 dB, slowed down to half normal speed, and played backwards.


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DP Customs – ‘Mele’ Ironhead

Posted on February 5, 2012 by Andrew in Bobber. 22 comments

If you’ve ever studied art (yes, yes – but I’m all better now) you’ll know that history’s best artists often hit a sweet spot in their career where they just can’t seem to do any wrong. It’s like the planets have aligned for them and they have some sort of sixth sense about what makes a masterpiece and what doesn’t. Picasso had his blue period. Monet had his water lilies. Coop had that series of pictures with the hella sexy nudie devil girls. Oh, hang on; that’s all his work. Anyhoos, we’re beginning to think that Arizona’s DP customs has reached their own particular acme of perfection. It seems that every bike they have completed of late is somehow from a collection of work yet each one is a superb example of the custom bike art form. We are not worthy.


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2003 Harley Sportster – Maindrive Cycles

Posted on January 27, 2012 by Scott in Bobber. 34 comments

Harley-Davidson motorcycles. You either love them or hate them. They may have a reputation for poor build quality but let’s leave that debate at the door for a moment. Why? Because when it comes down to it, when they are done right these bikes can make you want to trade in your Japanese metal for some good ol’ American iron and to hell with the consequences. Like this clean Sportster, built by Cory from Maindrive Cycles in Texas, USA. Corey specializes in Harley’s but the last bike he built for the same client Andy Hines was a Kawasaki KZ400. So when Andy approached him to turn his Sportster into something a bit more bespoke, Corey was much more at home this time around. Even though he had never worked on a Sportster before. Over to Cory for the whole build story.


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2012 Harley Davidson 883 Iron – Review

Posted on January 6, 2012 by Scott in Review. 121 comments

We recently tried to get our greasy little hands on a Harley-Davidson 883 to review. Unfortunately due to a long list of rules (who would have thought Harley was into rules?) we didn’t meet their criteria – and no it wasn’t because of our lack of pony tails. It was mainly due to the fact we hadn’t had years of experience on heavy bikes. Anyway, as luck would have it, one of our good mates Laurence Cronin recently purchased his very first Harley. He is no newcomer to riding, just hung up his riding boots for a few years while he raised a couple of kids. Now they are all grown up, he decided to fulfill one of his lifelong dreams – own a Harley. And like many, he fell for the ‘man magnet’ they call the 883. This is Laurie’s review after riding the Sportster for a few months….


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Abnormal Cycles – Sportster 1200 Nightster

Posted on September 28, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer. 21 comments

Back in black. And green

Vespas. Pizza. Mafia. Alfa Romeo. Ferrari. Spaghetti. Gelato. Armani. These are all Italian things you will commonly find on the streets of America. But would you find as many American things on the paved lane ways of Italy? You might find the odd McDonalds restaurant in the major towns. You’ll also find loads of people wearing Chuck Taylors and Levi’s jeans, but you wouldn’t think you would find a lot of Milwalkee Iron. Or would you? “You actually do see lots of Harley’s being ridden around the streets of Milan” says Samuele Reali, one of the owners of Abnormal Cycles, which is based in a town called Bernareggio, not far from Milano. Abnormal Cycles are quite famous in Europe but recently received worldwide exposure when their ‘Union’ H-D Sidecar took out the 2011 AMD World Championships Modified Harley-Davidson Class. Well, this Harley cafe racer was built before the ‘Union’ and has also picked up its fair share of trophies in Europe. But as I soon found out, there’s not a lot of infomation about the bike anywhere – so I attempted to create find some.


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Blown ’40 Harley Davidson Side-valve – ‘Cojones’

Posted on September 7, 2011 by Andrew in Bobber. 33 comments

Last time we featured Evolution on these here hallowed pages, there was a general consensus that the CB750 they came up with was pretty freakin’ fine. After an effort like that, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Paul and the boys might have rested on their laurels and just popped out a straight-forward cafe SR or W650 while they basked in their well-earned limelight, right? Wrong. See, while I was shooting that CB, Paul made me swear on my mother’s frilly white undies that if he told me about his next project, I would keep my mouth shut. Of course I agreed (the joke’s on him – everyone knows my mum doesn’t wear any underwear) and he cautiously revealed that his new effort was a blown 1940 side-valve Harley. Then he smiled a smile that instantaneously redefined the term “shit-eating grin.” After I picked up my jaw off the floor…


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Harley Sportster – DK Motorrad

Posted on August 10, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer. 22 comments

If someone asked me to recommend a bike that would make a great cafe racer, a sportster wouldn’t be high on the list. Actually, it probably wouldn’t even be on the list at all. A young German bike builder living and working in Switzerland is trying to change that. Christian de Kant from DK Motorrad has been building bikes since he was 17, which might sound like a long time until you find out he is now only 22 years young. In this relatively short time he has built some very impressive bikes. He usually builds custom bikes based on old-school frames from the ’40s and ’50s. But his love of Harley’s and cafe racers has led him to develop his own mass produced bolt on kits for 2006 and up Sportsters. Christian was inspired by the many ‘bolt on’ parts that can be found on Japanese bikes and thought: “why not do the same for sportsters?”


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Garage Company Customs – Negro Pantalones

Posted on May 3, 2011 by Scott in Bobber, Racer. 25 comments

It takes the average man around 30 days to grow a beard. Not a silly hipster stubbly beard, but a fully-blown Unabomber jobby. American Morgan Spurlock gained 11.1 kilos or 24.5 pounds after eating nothing but McDonald’s burgers for 30 days in his 2004 documentary “Super Size Me.” And it takes 30 days to grow a carrot. Um. Ok, so we ran out of more 30 day things, but it also took Garage Company Customs (GCC) just 30 days to build this rad bike named Negro Pantalones – or Black Pants in English.


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DP Customs 1979 Harley Cafe Racer

Posted on March 16, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer. 27 comments

My father once told me never to go into business with family, but it looks as if he may have been wrong. DP Customs is a Harley custom shop based in New River, Arizona that’s owned and operated by the Del Prado brothers. They earned their 15 minutes of fame recently after building a damn nice Gulf Oil Harley — but here’s a bike they finished before the Gulf that, in our humble opinion, has got an edge over its more famous sibling.


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