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1979 Sportster Gulf Style Bobber

Thank God There's Harleys . . .

Justin Del Prado, who runs DP Customs in Phoenix, Arizona, United States made available these pictures of this cool 1979 Sportster Bobber motorcycle in a classic Gulf Le Mans racing style paint scheme.

Justin: "We started with the idea of building a low slung, stripped down bobber and wanted to incorporate some ideas from the classic movie: Le Mans, starring Steve McQueen. We really love that race era and try to let it show through some of our bikes."

Photo of 1979 Harley Davidson Sportster Ironhead Bobber in Gulf Style Le Mans Theme by Justin of DP Customs.

Justin: "We tore the stock '79 Sportster apart, chopped the frame and hard-tailed the rear. This keeps the factory numbers vs. going with an off-the-shelf aftermarket frame.

Photo of 1979 Harley Davidson Sportster Ironhead Bobber in Gulf Style Le Mans Theme by Justin of DP Customs.

Justin: "The bike sits 4" lower and longer than stock. We laced the wheels (21" and 16"), built the exhaust, did the paint and graphics, all with simplicity in mind. We're not into cluttered bikes with too much going on."

Because of her ride height and rigid frame, she's obviously not made for road racing or cross country tours. She was built for shorter rides around town in nice weather. However, the Biltwell solo seat is so comfortable, you could ride this bike longer than you would think."

Photo of 1979 Harley Davidson Sportster Ironhead Bobber in Gulf Style Le Mans Theme by Justin of DP Customs.

Justin: "The rims and handlebars are powdercoated, while the rest of the bike is painted. Anything that started out polished was worked over with abrasives to tone it down and give it a raw, vintage feel."

1979 Harley Davidson Sportster Engine

Photo of 1979 Harley Davidson Sportster Ironhead engine.

Justin: "The motor is basically stock with electronic ignition and a performance coil. It ran well to begin with, so we just cleaned it up and replaced all the seals.

Photo of 1979 Harley Davidson Sportster Ironhead motor.

Straight Bobber or Custom Bobber?

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Photo of 1979 Harley Davidson Sportster engine.

Photo of 1979 Harley Davidson Sportster motor.

Photo of 1979 Harley Davidson Sportster Ironhead Bobber in Gulf Style Le Mans Theme by Justin of DP Customs.

A Bobber's Tail...

Photo of 1979 Harley Davidson Sportster Ironhead Bobber in Gulf Style Le Mans Theme by Justin of DP Customs.

A Bobber's Tale: Maximum Rubber!!!



"Make sure your exhaust is loud enough to make children cry!" - Justin DP


(January 2010)


For more information on DPC bikes, check out the DP Customs website

And if you wish to realize that custom bike concept that you have in mind, have a chat with Justin:

"justindelprado at gmail dot com"

DP Customs - Phoenix, Arizona




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Photo of 1979 Harley Davidson Sportster Ironhead Bobber in Gulf Style Le Mans Theme by Justin of DP Customs.