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!
Rob from 1 Wheel Revolution always amazes us with how he pushes the limits on his Xl Sportster. Equipped with our Progressive Rate Fork Spring Kit and a set of 970 Series Shocks we love it when he send us pics from shenanigans and shake downs with our equipment!
Been doing some work getting my clutch dialed on the Red Dragon which has been more challenging than the other sportys were initially.
I was driving by these grain silos on my way home from the shop and randomly stopped to snap a couple pics for the fun of it. A few turned out pretty cool so I thought I’d share them.
Here are some of the shots he sent, enjoy!Read More
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The style and the attitude of love with the classic Harley-Davidson, are the inspiration of the architects and interior designer Bia Cristina and Graziela Abreu in the room and Biker Room . A classic model of the brand is the centerpiece of this apartment and is stationed in the room. The professionals are rookies at Casa Cor Minas. Bia is an architect and signed the room decor. Graziela is interior designer and was responsible for the design of the room.
The yellow table warms and gladdens the kitchen that has coated wall with tijolihos, blackboard and dark cabinets.
The steel appears as the main element in environmental composition and takes the central wall of the flat. The sheet metal forming an income received cuts in steel as if they were typical hydraulic tiles of mining farms, which were arranged randomly.
Luminaires prepared in recycled material such as steel construction and demolition burnt bricks, are another highlight of the environment. In addition, the Biker Room Room received loud, paintings and pictures that refer to the lifestyle of a biker.
Been working with Scott and Roger from StraightupSJ for a while now and can’t say anything but good things about them. Scott runs our 444 Series Shocks on his Sporty and says they ride and perform great. As hard as he rides we’ll take his word! Crazy to find out that Scott just turned 23 and with as much talent as he has now we can’t wait to see what this guy is up to when he is 33.
Had the privilege to ride out with him and Roger this last weekend. Here are some of the photos from the day along with a killer video by @nevermoore as well!
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Roland’s been riding with Bell helmets since he first got on a motorcycle at 5 years old. Bell helmets were the chosen protection for all of Roland’s racing career and there’s a collection of smashed helmets to prove it. Having always ridden in Bell helmets was a natural move to work with Bell on the RSD line of helmets. Bell has a long history of building the best helmet on the market and always pushing to do new and exciting designs. When the Bell guys needed a bike built for one of their chiefs we were able to return a long time debt for protecting our chiefs brain for so many years. Thus the Bell Dyna was born.Read More
This weekend we showed support for a friend who has changed and moulded the industry in man ways. His name is Dave Freston aka Chopper Dave! He recently got hit my a motor vehicle and has been laid up with hospital bills piling up. So Jeff G Holt and few other friends put together a little get together to support. There were killer raffles, great people and good drinks.
Here are some pics from the event!Read More
Just finished up another round of great performances for the wild crowd at Milwaukee Harley-Davidson during the 2014 Milwaukee Rally. Always a great event and a very pumped crowd once they get a taste of our v-twin wheelies. Couldn’t believe how many people came just to see our performances after their positive experience last year when we performed during HD110.
Rob Carpenter – 1 Wheel Revolution LLC.