Design competition unearths custom Sportsters

Last updated 09:36 02/05/2013

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The brief was, start with a stock 2000-2003 Harley-Davidson Sportster and design a one-of-a-kind custom motorcycle.

The Local Motors/DP Custom Cycles competition doesn't have much relevancy to New Zealand but we like the winning designs and thought we would share them.

Over 200 entries were received via the online competition from 10 different countries, with the winning concept by Andre Costa of Portugal, to be built by DP Custom Cycles.

"I really wanted to create something simple, something iconic, with a strong racing personality," Costa said.

"I'm a huge Formula One fan, and this design celebrates the Brabham BT44 Formula One racing car of the 1970s. The handlebars are lower, to make the gas tank really pop, and the air filter is tall and thin in honour of the styling of the roof scoop. These are just two of my favourite design elements."

Costa's winning design was chosen by Justin and Jarrod Del Prado, the co-owners of DP Custom Cycles and they said it won because of its overall "beautiful design, clean, classic lines, and the truly amazing air intake" that they wished they had thought of.

"We can't wait to bring this bike to life.

"We were incredibly excited, from the very beginning of this challenge, to see what the community would dream up.

"We really had no idea, however, just how blown away we'd be by the calibre of these designs. If we could, we'd produce every one of the top ten!"

Costa's efforts won him US$2000 (NZ$2353) while there were payouts of US$1350 and US$950 to the second and third placegetters - Oberdan Bezz of Italy for his Talladega concept and and Marc Senger of the USA for his 1960s Nasa-themed concept.

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