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DP Customs Look Right Ironhead

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’, and it’s certainly a sharp looker—with styling cues taken from one of Jacques Villeneuve’s BAR Honda F1 racing cars.

In the early 00s, BAR cars carried distinctive Lucky Strike branding, but this had to be modified in countries that banned tobacco advertising. In 2004, ‘Lucky Strike’ was replaced with ‘Look Right’, hence the name of this bike.

Mechanically, we’re looking at a modified frame wrapped around a 1982 Harley ironhead 1000 motor. According to DP’s Justin Del Prado, ‘The project began with a complete tear-down of the bike and then we chemically stripped the frame. We ditched the swingarm and welded on the hardtail.’

This modification lowers and lengthens the bike by four inches. DP also fabricated a battery box, oil tank and seat mounts. ‘We made sure the electrical system was as discreet as possible for a clean, uncluttered look. All the wires and switches are new, even the keys.’

Most other parts are either new or reconditioned; a Keihin CV carb now sits on the intake side, and the exhaust system is custom-built. Everything that has degraded over time, including the fuel and brake lines, has been replaced. The wheels are 19” and 16” and powdercoated, and the seat is from Biltwell—but for me the pièce de résistance is that painstakingly crafted rear fender.

‘For an old classic Harley, this bike is fast and actually handles pretty good, especially with the Pirellis on there,’ says Del Prado. ‘It sounds really mean and the riding position is aggressive with our clip-ons and the seat location.’

Another top-notch job from a company that not only nails the look of its bikes, but also prices them right.

DP Customs Look Right Ironhead

DP Customs Look Right Ironhead

DP Customs Look Right Ironhead

DP Customs Look Right Ironhead

DP Customs Look Right Ironhead


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