“Mele” by DP Customs





This 1979 custom Ironhead Sportster dubbed “Mele”, was build for Perry Mele (hence the name) and it represents a combination of a cafe racer and a vintage dragster.


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

Photos: Jed Strahm