Dave Dupor’s Golden Calf is a Speed Demon
Dave Dupor’s Golden Calf Is A Speed Demon
There are a lot of builders who love themselves some skulls and Gothic imagery on a bike. Dave Dupor isn’t one of them. The talented builder behind DD Custom Cycle likes those things, just not on his personal ride. He’s more about European sports cars than European cathedrals. It shouldn’t come as a great shock that he’d bring the Euro racer feel to what was once a 2009 Ultra and which is now a hot custom job dripping Pagan Gold colorization on it. The bagger looks and feels fast, which is good because that was his goal for the project.
The bike had 44,000 miles under its wheels when he got his mitts on it. Once Dave got started, he moved lightning quick to get the job done. It was torn down to the bare bones in less than two days.
The entire bike has been rebuilt from the ground up with zero miles, all-new parts, bearings, seals, and hardware (all coated black throughout). Even the finish was done on the quick.
Time’s merciless march hounded him the whole way—not because Dave was building it for a customer full of caffeine and impatient but because of timing.
“I never build a bike just to sell it,” Dave says. “But I wanted to make a really nice bagger for the 2017 show season, and I wanted to use my 120R motor that I had won for the IMS Grand Champion award in 2016. My good friend Cory Ness was generous enough to provide me a great deal on all the 10-gauge series covers, levers, motor covers, et cetera. You can see the entire line on this build—the details are all over.”
Inspiration to create this beauty as a showbike hit him right before show season started. If he was going to be ready in time, he had to get a move on. Dave gave CPV a scant 12 days for molding and paint. As you can tell, it came out perfectly.
“That motor sat around my shop for a year,” he says. “I used it here in a donor bike where I replaced all the parts on the motorcycle.”
Dave wanted to build a really classylooking hot rod-inspired bike with a huge motor and looks that will never phase out. He likes his bikes to follow the “less is more” approach, and everything is in the details; the fit and flow of the overall design is huge for him.
“The bike has to flow from front to back and look proportionate,” he says.
The 120-inch motor gives Dave’s
Street Glide racer power but not racer looks. He got the aesthetics down with a combination of spoked wheels reminiscent of those on a high-end sports car, bags with screens on the sides akin to the fenders of a ZR1, and the clean lines he brought to it throughout the profile in the fairing and fenders.