Local Motors, the company behind the Rally Fighter, briefly took its four wheels off the dirt and put two on the road for a crowd-sourced motorcycle project. Working with fellow Arizona company DP Custom Cycles, Local Motors invited its community to design a motorbike based on the Harley-Davidson Sportster. More than 200 entries from ten countries were received, and the winner has been chosen in the DP Racer by Andre Costa of Portugal. Second place was the NASCAR-inspired Talledega by Italy's well-known Oberdan Bezzi, third place went to Marc Senger of the US for his NASA-themed DP Customs Lander.

DP Custom Cycles will build Costa's Racer, but hasn't said how many of them will be produced. Serial Number 0001 is already taken, though, having been auctioned off to the Local Motors community. You can watch the selection process in the video and read about the contest and finalists in the press release below, and check out the top ten entries in the high-res gallery above.

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Local Motors Announces Winners of the DP Custom Cycles Motorcycle Design Challenge

DP Custom Cycles Selects First-Ever Community-Designed Motorcycle as Next DP-branded Build; Top Concepts Submitted by Local Motors Community Members Representing Ten Countries Across Four Continents
Exclusive Collectors Edition offering of Serial Number 0001 available via online auction at forge.localmotors.com

PHOENIX, April 25, 2013 – Local Motors announces the winners of the first-ever Custom Motorcycle Design Challenge, sponsored by New River, Arizona-based DP Custom Cycles. Hosted from March 5 thru March 30, 2013 on the Forge at LocalMotors.com, the challenge invited the global Local Motors community to design a one-of-a-kind custom motorcycle based on a Harley Davidson Sportster. The winning concept, the DP Racer by Andre Costa of Portugal, was hand-selected by the founders and co-owners of DP Custom Cycles, Justin & Jarrod Del Prado, after an intense design review.

More than 2,400 files were uploaded to the Forge in support of nearly 200 submissions. In the end, Andre's design was selected from 150 validated entries because of its overall "beautiful design, clean, classic lines, and the truly amazing air intake that Jarrod and I really wish we'd thought of," says DP Custom Cycles co-owner Justin Del Prado. "We can't wait to bring this bike to life."

"I really wanted to create something simple, something iconic, with a strong racing personality," said Andre Costa. "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 honor of the styling of the roof scoop. These are just two of my favorite design elements."

"I'm so proud of the Local Motors community," said Jay Rogers, Co-Founder and CEO of Local Motors. "Their extraordinary talent and passion for vehicle design never ceases to amaze me. And I'm excited for the Del Prado brothers, too, as they get ready to bring this incredible bike to reality for Local Motors and custom bike aficionados around the world."

First place, and a $2,000 cash prize, will be awarded to Andre Costa (aka Lude) from Portugal, for his winning design, the DP Racer. Second and third place prizes of $1,350 and $950, respectively, will be awarded to Oberdan Bezz (aka OBIBOI) of Italy for his stock car-inspired Talladega concept, and to Marc Senger (aka sixten), from the United States, for his 1960s NASA-themed concept, the DP Customs Lander. Fourth through tenth place finalists will each receive a $100 cash prize.

Note: All winners will have the opportunity to exchange their cash awards for credit towards the purchase of the winning concept from Local Motors new online Shop. Credit amounts are $5,000, $3,500, $2,500, $350 for first, second, third and fourth thru tenth places, respectively. The Shop at Local Motors will launch on Monday, April 29th.

The complete list of Finalists, including countries of origin, is as follows:
1st place: DP Racer by Andre Costa (Lude), Portugal
2nd place: Talladega by Oberdan Bezzi (OBIBOI), Italy
3rd place: DP Customs Lander by Marc Senger (sixten), USA
4th place: Cobra DP by Paulo Italiani (PauloItaliani), Brazil
5th place: Stealth Concept by Vincent, Graviere (dirtybrush), France
6th place: DP 40 by Robert O'Brien (robo), Canada
7th place: DPC OTTO by Vincent Montreuil (vincent), England
8th place: GT40 DP Customs by Stoianov Sebastian Mihai (stoianov), Romania
9th place: F40 by Paolo Corcagnani (sidewinder), Germany
10th place: DPC Invader by Nagabhushan Hegde (bhushan), India

"We were incredibly excited, from the very beginning of this challenge, to see what the Local Motors community would dream up," Del Prado continues. "We really had no idea, however, just how blown away we'd be by the caliber of these designs. If we could, we'd produce every one of the top ten!"

A Collectors Edition
"There is something inherently special about the number 'one.' About being the "first" to do or to own something," Rogers continues. "This is especially the case within the collectors' community. Now that the winning concept has been selected, I am excited to extend our online auction through 5:00pm PT (UTC-4) April 26th."

"This was an exciting challenge on so many levels," Rogers concludes. "Motorcycle design is something we had not done before at Local Motors, yet the response from our community was incredible. It really reinforced, for me, how universal design can be, and I honestly can't wait to see this amazing design roll onto the stage at the July 13 unveiling at the Local Motors micro-factory."

Video & High-Resolution Images

The complete selection process including special messages from the Del Prado Brothers, as well as high-resolution images of all winning designs are available here:

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doGJzp2cauE

Image Gallery: http://wp.me/p2TJlR-2pN

Additional images and interviews with Jay Rogers, the Del Prado Brothers, and/or Andre Costa are available upon request to aromano@local-motors.com.


About Local Motors
Local Motors leads next-generation, crowd-powered automotive design, manufacturing and technology to enable the creation of game-changing vehicles. Through open-source principles, Local Motors helps solve local problems, locally; makes transportation more sustainable, globally; and delivers, through distributed manufacturing, innovative co-created vehicles and components with its virtual community of more than 30,000 designers, fabricators, engineers and enthusiasts from around the world. Outlets such as the New York Times, Popular Science, Wired and Popular Mechanics, as well as the Discovery Channel, Travel Channel and Bloomberg Television have recognized Local Motors' groundbreaking approach to automotive development. For more information and/or to join the Local Motors community, visit www.localmotors.com.

About DP Customs & the Del Prado Brothers
Originally from the Motor City, Justin and Jarrod Del Prado – the Del Prado brothers – moved to Arizona in the early 1980s. Surrounded by mechanical things their whole lives, Justin and Jarrod spend their days building cool motorcycles for cool people. DP Custom Cycles has a style of its own – starting with stock motorcycles and turning them into race-inspired works of art. DP Custom cycles have been featured in Dream Machine, Café Racer, Iron Works, Hot Bike, Barnett's, Ultimate Motorcycling, Pipeburn Motorcycles, Cyril Huze Post, and others. For more information about the Del Prado Brothers and DP Custom Cycles, visit www.dpcustomcycles.com.

Info: forge.LocalMotors.com
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      • 2 Years Ago
      I come from a line of bikebuilders going way back and I've seen all this before. Countless times, in fact. It's almost like there's a template now for building generic "customs". Everybody just copies everyone else until it all becomes homogenized. And the sad thing is, just as soon as an honest-to-god original bike shows up on the scene, notes are already being taken and ideas are being lifted. Mostly, though, there's a hokey, generic aesthetic pervading the business. I blame OCC and Jesse James.
        • 2 Years Ago
        There's only so many things you can do in the space between two wheels, and many people doing them. Kinda like TV anymore, all the original ideas have been done before. And done again and again. I would guess some in your "line" of bikebuilders have copied or used others ideas for some of their own projects.
      • 2 Years Ago
      6th or 10th place bikes for me, please.
        • 2 Years Ago
        6th place was totally one of our favorites at the factory! Especially those who like more of the muscle bike look. 10th place is a cool design too, more of a 'fighter stance. That one really would be awesome if we did a project where hardtail wasn't a requirement, it could pull of a rear suspension and still look good! I really liked the "OTTO" bike, I've always been a fan of long and low. You should go check out his earlier revisions, he was experimenting with some pretty cool front springer hardware designs that made the springer front end look modern and sporty, but it still had the classic element that it was in fact... a springer set.
      • 2 Years Ago
      So THIS won the DESIGN challenge huh. Really? Hmmm
      • 2 Years Ago
      These are choppers, more or less. Clearly a design exercise and not too concerned with performance (read: handling), any or all of these bikes are "designed" to go so-so in a straight line, for short distances. Quite unlike the Rally Fighter, which kicks serious butt offroad, these bikes are destined for the livingroom or a nice, heated garage.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Silly hardtail.
      • 2 Years Ago
      They all look great, however, the winner didn't have forward controls.... Not fun for th tall guys.
        • 2 Years Ago
        They aren't exactly rear-sets either like a sportbike though (check out the pegs on #6). I'm fairly tall, and while I've never ridden anything with foot pegs farther forward than this bike, I always imagined it would feel strange with both feet splayed out front while riding. How are you supposed to have any control of the bike that way?
      • 2 Years Ago
      So kids, what did you buy with all the money you made designing those awesome bikes!? No pay? You mean that bike shop got free designs for days, and media coverage to boot, but all the designers get jack ****? Little design ****** are too stupid to know they've been used.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Breakfastburrito: No designs are legally available to build without the legal transfer of IP from the author to the builder, in exchange for an agreed upon compensation. The designers definitely retain ownership of the designs until they choose. In addition to the monetary compensation for a winning design, the designer's name will also appear on every bike, adding to their exposure. You can find more information about the details on the challenge page on the Forge website.
      • 2 Years Ago
      BTW Thanks to Autoblog for also sharing the whole top 10! If not the Racer, which of the other designs would people have picked? Maybe we will build more!
      • 2 Years Ago
      so im not a motorcycle expert myself, but these bikes dont look like they have any rear suspension. Am i seeing that right? If so, that also looks like a very flimsy bracket holding the rear wheel axle (or whatever its called on a bike). I imagine a few hard bumps and that thing will snap.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Common for bobbers and custom bikes - it's called a hardtail. And yes, it's less comfortable, though the springy seat is meant to make up for that. I don't think you have to worry about the bracket.
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