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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.

Based on a 1979 Harley Ironhead, it was transformed into what you see here for a paltry US$6000. Talk about bang for your buck. With the exception of the Benelli tank, all the custom parts were hand made by the brothers in steel and finished in a raw burnish that screams bad-to-the-bone. But that’s not to say it’s been done in a rush; just check the attention to detail and build quality. Need we mention that exhaust? And the rear cowl? And the oil tank? I thought not…

According to the bro’s, the bike pulls like a drag tractor and is loud enough to kill old ladies at 150 paces. It also handles well (which would make a nice change from your average 70s Harley), is comfortable, and pulls a crowd where ever it drops it’s side stand. No surprises then that they didn’t exactly get a lot of time to enjoy their sweet, silver creation before someone made them an offer that they couldn’t refuse. And who could blame him?

[Photography by Jed Strahm]