Perry Mele's Ironhead from DP Customs


Jarrod Del Prado of New River, Arizona, has made a fast name for himself in the modern customizing game. Several of his recent works have received high praise from readers on sites like Bikes EXIF. Jarrod built this ironhead for racecar driver Perry Mele.

Perry's machine displays Jarrod's personal chopper aesthetic nicely without falling victim to the dreaded theme bike curse. Here's what Jarrod has to say about his Mele project and its new owner.

Our customer on this build is a racecar driver, so we really wanted a racing look and feel. It turned out to be a really cool hybrid of a cafe racer and a drag racer-style bike. The sport bike tires and clip-ons work surprisingly well with the 6" stretch. The owner says, "It's the smoothest riding bike I've ever been on, and it begs to be ridden fast!" 

As we were delivering the bike down to Tucson, we could see just about every motorist that we passed snapping their necks to get a look at the bright white wheels contrasting with the bright orange and the near chrome. The owner had not seen any photos, but we were pretty sure he'd like it based on the response we were getting.

Special thanks to Duffee Motorsports, Ramjet Racing and Strahm Photography for helping us bring this whole project together.



Owner: Perry Mele, racecar driver in the Pro-Mazda series

Builder: DP Customs, New River, AZ

Bike: 1979 Harley-Davidson Sportster

Engine: 1000cc ironhead with hot cams, headwork, Branch intake manifold, Mikuni carb

Bars: DP Customs clip-ons

Exhaust: DP Customs 2-1-2 X-Pipe

Paint and graphic design: DP Customs

Frame: Stock rake with a 4" stretch hardtail, modified by DP Customs to 6", dual underseat down tubes modified to a single tube

Front Suspension: Lowered 3"

Rear suspension: Seat shocks

Seat: Biltwell Slimline

Grips: Biltwell Kung-Fu

Throttle: Biltwell Whiskey

Wheels: Stock 19" front, 16" rear

Tires: Pirelli Sport Demon

Fuel tank: Peanut

Oil Tank: Scuba

Controls: Vicious Cycle Works

For more photos, visit Jed Strahm Photography

See more bikes from DP Customs at their website

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Commented on 2-1-2012 At 05:38 am

that bike is real mcqueen!

Commented on 2-1-2012 At 06:00 am

That spoiler is amazing!

Commented on 2-1-2012 At 07:14 am

The simplictiy is incredible!
Digging the Orange

Commented on 2-1-2012 At 07:17 am

Beautiful! Makes me want to tear down my '79 again for another makeover...
I want a set of those pipes, awesome!

Commented on 2-1-2012 At 07:32 am


Commented on 2-1-2012 At 08:06 am

DP has a distinctive style that is really coming together. Cool bike. I wouldn't have done the "spoiler" myself but it's def distinctive and fits with the overall feel of the bike. Very nice work!

Commented on 2-1-2012 At 10:14 am

thats one hot lookin bike!

Commented on 2-1-2012 At 11:24 am

I've been having an issue with my backend lifting at speed as well.......

Commented on 2-1-2012 At 02:13 pm

Heel mooi!

Commented on 2-1-2012 At 02:58 pm

Fast n sexy!

Commented on 2-1-2012 At 05:10 pm

very nice.
clean as a whistle

Commented on 2-1-2012 At 05:18 pm

Looks killer, dig those colors too!

Commented on 2-1-2012 At 06:46 pm

cool sporty, that back fender would look clean without that gay wing....leave the fast and furious shit to the import racer crowd......just my opinion......

Commented on 2-1-2012 At 10:01 pm

Love this,

Commented on 2-1-2012 At 10:54 pm

Nice work J, I dig the color choice for the frame on this one.

Commented on 2-2-2012 At 05:37 am

Sweet ironhead!

Commented on 2-2-2012 At 07:30 am

Thanks for all the kind words guys! Ride safe! - the Del Prado Brothers

Commented on 2-2-2012 At 06:58 pm

I'm loving everything I see out of dpcustoms! I'm thinking a race inspired Ironhead project is on the list of future projects.

Commented on 2-2-2012 At 08:00 pm


Commented on 2-2-2012 At 08:02 pm

so sexy love that pipe. GOD DAMN! so hot

Commented on 2-2-2012 At 09:54 pm

Best damn "theme bike" I ever saw..

Commented on 2-2-2012 At 09:54 pm

Best damn "theme bike" I ever saw..

Commented on 2-2-2012 At 10:08 pm

man those fins on the fender are sweet! cool idea!

Commented on 2-15-2012 At 05:42 pm

The foil on the back fender completes the look, otherwise it would be missing that little something to bring it all together.
Fantabulous job.

Commented on 1-8-2014 At 09:11 am

McQueen would ride

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