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1980 Ironhead Hot Rod Bobber

Justin of DP Customs from New River, Arizona, United States made available these pictures of this very cool Harley Ironhead Sportster Hot Rod Bobber. Justin calls her his "Hot Rod Bobber" after the hotrod top-fuel dragster style exhaust pipes that he custom made for this baby.

Justin: "This horse sounds mean and is pretty quick. Sits low, light weight, and easy to ride. I call her Old School because of the traditional lines of the bike and the lack of giant wheels and over-used billet or chrome. Lots of the metal work was machined or hand scrubbed with Scotch Brite to clean it up while making it look aged.

She's definitely a Bobber because of her stripped down design and the stock rake of the front end. No blinkers, chain guard, giant fenders, bloated seat or extra baggage.

She's a hot rod because she's loud, shoots fire and she's built to go fast and stop fast... that's it."

Photo of 1980 Sportster Bare Bones Ironhead Bobber with HotRod pipes by DP Customs. Justin: "powder coated frame with a professionally welded on hard-tail, hot rod black base-coat, clear-coat peanut tank"

Picture of 1980 Harley Ironhead Sportster Hot Rod Bobber by DPC.

1980 Harley Ironhead Sportster Hot Rod Bobber by DPC.

This Custom Bobber is pretty bare bones (or "hardcore" if you like): no blinkers, no front fender, no big seat, no chain guard, and no baggage to serve as ballast.

Note the truly minimalistic rear fender. Bobber Style!

Photo of 1980 HD Sportster Ironhead Bare Bones Bobber with Hot Rod pipes by DP Customs. Justin: "I always wanted to build some top-fuel style pipes for one of my bikes and finally did. I've never seen them on a bobber before. They sound mean as hell and shoot blasts of fire!"

Picture of 1980 Harley Davidson Ironhead Sportster HotRod Bobber by DP Customs.

Picture of 1980 Harley Ironhead Sportster Hot Rod Bobber by DP Customs.

Photo of 1980 Sportster Bare Bones Ironhead Bobber with HotRod pipes by DP Customs. Justin: "7" old-school wartime headlight. She's got a 19" front and 16" rear with Kenda Cruiser directional tires and tubes. The sizes are: 100/90/19 on the front and a 130/90/16 on the rear. "

1980 Harley Davidson Ironhead Engine

Picture of 1980 Harley Ironhead Sportster engine by DP Customs. S&S carb and intake, custom thermal wrapped top-fuel dragster pipes, and Crane electronic ignition.

Photo of 1980 HD Sportster Ironhead motor by DP Customs.

Picture of start motor and solenoid on 1980 Harley Davidson Ironhead Sportster Bobber by DP Customs.

Photo of engine bottom of 1980 Harley Sportster Ironhead motor by DP Customs.

Harley Ironhead Bobber Oil Tank

Photo of oil tank on 1980 HD Sportster Ironhead Bobber by DP Customs.

Solo Saddle - With Springs

Picture of solo saddle on 1980 Harley Davidson Ironhead Sportster HotRod Bobber by DP Customs.

DP Customs Bobber Rear End

Photo of rear disc brake on 1980 Sportster Bare Bones Ironhead Bobber by DP Customs.

Picture of rear light package on 1980 Harley Ironhead Sportster Bobber by DP Customs. For hardtailed Sportsters the lower space in between de tranny and the rear wheel is a very logical place for the battery. Keeps the CoG low!

Photo of Rear Tire on 1980 HD Sportster Ironhead Bobber by DP Customs.

A Bobber's Tail...

No blinkers, no chain guard, no nothing. Just 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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