Looking for a donor? Here's how to buy a motorcycle for your custom project.

Feature: How To Buy A Motorcycle

Adapted from the new book The Build: How the Masters Design Custom Motorcycles by Robert Hoekman Jr., including interviews with some of the most notable builders in the USA. When we talk about how to buy a motorcycle, we really mean “how to find a donor bike.” It’s a nice term, “donor bike”—all full of…

Mack: A bruising, cafe-themed Sportster from DP Customs.

Mack: A cafe-themed Sportster from DP Customs

There’s no shortage of builders putting the ‘sport’ back into the Sportster. But if you live in the American Southwest, there’s only one company to call: DP Customs of New River, Arizona. They’re regulars on these pages, and for good reason. Brothers Jarrod and Justin Del Prado build sharp-looking, high-performance Harleys for a great price.

The Player: DP Customs's radical 1200 Sportster looks magnificent in the classic JPS racing livery.

The Player: DP Customs’ Racy 1200 Sportster

Harley-Davidson customs have changed for good. The raked-out, built-for-TV monstrosities are a dying breed, and the baton has passed to a new wave of crisp, sporty builds that we’d happily ride all day. Workshops like DP Custom Cycles are leading the charge. Brothers Jarrod and Justin Del Prado build honest, functional rides—and often finish them…

DP Customs Turbo Destroyer

DP Customs are famous for their clean, motorsport-influenced Ironhead customs. They’ve now taken the racing concept to the extreme, with a 154 hp street-legal drag…

DP Customs Black & White

DP Custom Cycles have built their reputation with classy Ironhead-based customs. But for their latest build, they’ve jumped forward in time—with a 2000-model Harley Sportster…

DP Customs ‘Defensor’ Ironhead

After several years of customizing Harley ironheads, DP Custom Cycles have got it down to a fine art. This is their latest creation, ‘Defensor’—a tribute…

DP Custom “American Graffiti”

Motor racing has traditionally been the biggest influence on DP Custom bikes: their previous builds have sported the colors of Formula 1 and NASCAR cars.…

DP Customs “Top Fuel II”

If there’s a specialist in custom Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportsters, it’s Arizona-based DP Custom Cycles. Their bikes are classy and well-finished, and invariably have a strong…

DP Customs ‘Look Right’

DP Custom Cycles of New River, Arizona, is a relatively new shop, but one going from strength to strength. Their latest bike is ‘Look Right’,…

DP Customs Harley Ironhead

Arizona-based DP Custom Cycles is making a name for itself with classy Ironhead Harleys. The latest build from the Del Prado brothers is this very…