Blake from By Way of Bike recently put our 465RAP Series Shock and Monotube Cartridge Kit to the test for over a year and thousands of miles on his KLR650. Check out his glowing review here: KLR650 Progressive Suspension Long Term Test.
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Our outside sales force recently set up at House of Thunder HD in Morgan Hill for the Hollister Rally. It was a beautiful day with approximately 500 or so bikes coming in and out. A great day for sales and lots of adjustments on customers bikes and we even managed to catch several bikes in the parking lot using our products including several dynas with our top of the line 970 Series Shocks. It turned out to be a great event with huge potential for growth in the future!
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We got the chance to go out and shoot with Mike Gnar aka @mikedgnar13 who is rocking our 444 series shocks and Monotube Cartridge Kit on his Roadglide. He likes his rear tire smoking and his front off the ground when he’s throwing his 800lb beast around and putting it through it’s paces. Thanks for showing us how it’s done Mike!
Straight Up SJ is a crew out of Northern California that can best be described as “Motorcycle enthusiasts that came from the dirt and started applying their skills to the street” to quote the short and sweet bio on their website. Countless tricks have been done on sport bikes but the recent craze that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere is stunting on none other than Harley Davidson Motorcycles. Anything from wheelies to burnouts and everything in between on done up Sportsters, FXRs, Dynas, and even on the 800 lb behemoth known as the Road Glide. Roger and his crew have gotten a huge amount of recognition for the level to which they have honed their skills handling these bikes like it was their purpose from the start. When they aren’t ripping up a street near you, these guys are traveling all over to perform at bike nights and rallys and inspire the next generation of Harley stunters. The crew is made up of Roger Regan on his FXDXT utilizing our 970 Series Shocks, Ricky Rinuaro and his FXR with 970 Series Shocks as well, Scott Horton on a Sportster 1200 with our 444 Series Shocks, and Chris Tiopan on his Road Glide with 970 Series Shocks for Baggers. We are honored to be involved with such a talented group of guys who are an integral part of the Harley stunt community and to have them choose to adorn their rides with our product. If you want to see more of the Straight Up Crew, check them out on Instagram at @straightup_sj or see them in their newly released video “One of Those Days”.
Like most of the motorcycle market, we have the opportunity to work with some pretty amazing people and for that we are forever grateful. Some of these connections are behind the scenes, others are very prominent and all of them have a great story that bears sharing. With that in mind we’ve created the Moto Friends and Family series with the hopes of highlighting a few with a couple of questions and some pics of their world.
We’ll kick the series off with the brothers Del Prado (Jarrod and Justin) from DP Custom Cycles and their unique take on the Sportster platform. Situated North of Phoenix, well off the beaten path and working in a small but immaculate shop, these siblings have created some amazing builds that continue to inspire us.
DP: We remember it down to the month, it would be November of 2008 and we began with a 74 Ironhead hardtail.
PS: What drew you to the motorcycle space?
DP: Justin, motorcycles have always been more than just two wheels and a motor to me, I see them as more of a canvas. I look at a bike and think, that’s pretty cool, but I bet I could create something really unique with it. Jarrod, I really like the challenge of turning a Harley into a performance bike. The end result is a machine that will haul ass, but still has a soul.
DP: That’s funny, we’re really brothers (4 years apart) and have been best friends since child hood. We consider ourselves pretty lucky to get along so well and have a ton of respect for each other’s talents.
DP: Justin, I had a Tote Goat when I was 11, but my first street bike was the 74 Ironhead that inspired DP Customs. Jarrod, I got a later start with an 03 Bonneville and then a handful of sport bikes. Before I had a family I used to spend a lot of time doing track days and have always appreciated bikes that will go fast and handle well.
PS: Although I know the story it might be cool to explain how you got connected with Progressive Suspension.
DP: Yeh, that’s a funny story, a comment on Facebook from the PS marketing guys offering up proper suspension lead us to you and we’ve been working together ever since. I guess the lesson here is pay attention to all the crazy responses you get on Social media, you never know who’s watching!
PS: We’re guessing a lot of companies pay attention to your work and we’re stoked to be able to help you guys out when we can. Although we do get a little bummed when you build hardtails!
DP: The Mac is next up and we’re just about done with the frame work. Classic café styling and a very high performance motor should make this one of the coolest Sportsters we’ve done to date.
PS: What’s your favorite build?
DP: Justin, Two Lane because of the street rod styling. Inspired by the James Taylor movie of the same name about best friends street racing across the US. We kind of connect with the theme as well! Jarrod, I do a lot of the test riding, so Player was my favorite so far. Inspired by the John Player Special F1 cars, it was comfortable, handled great and hauled ass.
PS: What’s the build you’ve always wanted to do, but have not yet had the chance?
DP: Justin, Something with a Ducati platform. I love the sound and the trellis chassis. Jarrod, I’ve got a Yamaha FZ-09 stuck in my head. That triple combined with a clean DP style would be really fun.
PS: How long does it take you to build a bike?
DP: Easily four months for each one. The magic takes time!
PS: Where do you see yourselves in five years?
DP: Probably five to six customs per year, maybe a line of parts inspired by the bikes we create (we already get a lot of requests). We have it pretty good, so I’d hope not too much will change!
Thanks guys, looking forward to future projects!