Barnett's Magazine (Articles 1758)

Xotic Customs Goat Glide

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “No Old Goat” Cofano Thursday, 28 April 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
  Man, it had to be time to make sure that Xotic Customs owner, Derek Spitsnogle, had his big boy pants on when he got the commission to build this big wheel bagger for the emcee of Full Throttle Saloon, Gregg “The Goat” Cook. Here was the big chance for Derek to bath in the custom motorcycle limelight when he presented it to Goat on the Full Throttle stage in front of a huge crowd of custom loving motorcyclists and the motorcycle press. It was one of those make it or break it moments builders long for and it had to be right. To say it was a lot of pressure on the Lincoln, Nebraska-based builder is putting it mildly.

Rick Fairless’ Street Glide ─ Can You See Me Now?

Story By Jeff Spicoli Photos By Jack “I Got My Eyes Closed” Cofano Wednesday, 27 April 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
  Yes I can! I mean how could anyone and I mean anyone ever claim they didn’t see this eye-popping Harley-Davidson Street Glide that’s been dipped in whatever makes Strokers Dallas’ front man, bike builder and extreme entrepreneur, Rick Fairless tick. Any judge in the country would say “Guilty!” if someone claimed they didn’t see this bike. I mean, how can’t you and if you can’t, you certainly shouldn’t be leaving your house except on foot and even then there’d be some doubts.

Parker Brothers Concepts Aluminati

Story By Jake Blake Photos By Jack “Old Sod” Cofano Tuesday, 26 April 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
   One thing is for sure and that is you never know what you’re going to run into during Daytona Bike Week. Everything else in life is a bunch of calculated guesses, but you can be absolutely positive that you’ll see something you’ve never seen before during Bike Week. Maybe it’s a new 36-inch wheel for baggers that’s been lying in Cad/Cam on somebody’s computer just waiting for an opportunity to arise or a bagger featuring bags front and rear or what have you. Daytona always coughs up something so over the top it’s a shocker and that’s exactly what we’ve got here.

Oh, So That’s Why They Named it Earache

By Jeff Spicoli Photos by Jack “I’m at war with humidity” Cofano Monday, 25 April 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
   Trikes, Brit twins, and CB 750 choppers, who would have thought these types of bikes would be at the top of the Internet numbers game when it comes to online popularity?

Sleek, Sexy And Smart Ultra Limited

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Same As Me” Cofano Friday, 22 April 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
Custom baggers get called a lot of things lately, but I’ve yet (or maybe I wasn’t paying attention) to see that exact combo of words used to describe any baggers that have gone through a good deal of cosmetic and mechanical surgery. The 2011 Harley-Davidson FLHTK Electra Glide Ultra Classic Limited (if only the name could have been longer, sigh) you’re checking out here is definitely worthy of being called “Sleek, sexy, and smart.” Don’t believe me? Take another look and you’ll see what I mean.

Mark And Juan’s Excellent Austin Adventure

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Mark “Flat Track Crazy” Barnett Wednesday, 20 April 2016 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 79 ]  | 
   So I get a call from Mark Barnett asking me if I’d be interested in going to Austin to see the Moto GP races, flat track races, and a bunch of unbelievable hand-built motorcycles in what’s possibly the best show I’ve ever been to. I couldn’t say “Yes!” fast enough in case he decided to change his mind. I think that saying “Yes!” makes it a legal binding contract so it was off to Austin to meet Mark.


Story By Sandy Ferris Photos By Jack “No It Ain’t” Cofano Tuesday, 19 April 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 9 ]  | 
     Not only is it a Road King, but it’s a 2016 Harley-Davidson Road King. The real thing, but it isn’t anymore as far as I’m concerned after the crew at Misfit Industries in Addison, Texas, got their hands on it. Mercy me, there’s not a bag in sight for one thing and there’s a damn good reason for that as it’s a showcase for Misfit Industries Patent Pending new monoshock rear suspension and revised bolt-on frame section to accommodate the whole kit and caboodle of parts. Man, that’s a mouthful, but so isn’t the idea of converting a touring frame to a Softail or café monoshock version.

Tim Firstenberger’s Blue Chip Sportster

Story By Emile Berube Photos By Jack “Selling Everything” Cofano Thursday, 14 April 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
  My knowledge of the stock market is slightly above the average two-year-old’s, but I do know that a blue chip investment is the closest thing to a sure thing although you might pay dearly to initially invest. But, when it’s big established blue chip companies like General Electric, Apple, Wal-Mart or the like, at least you might feel safe when it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. That’s about it, but one market I do know is the motorcycle market and I’ve invested a lot of money and time in that one and it’s paid me back in dividends that I can understand. Things like rides I’ll never forget, people I never would have met otherwise, and the feeling of being a part of something really, really special. Blue chip investments to me are always motorcycle related and when I find good motorcycle stock, I’m an easy sell.

Custombike Italy Two-Wheeled Firebird

Story by Buck Manning and photos by Horst Rosler Tuesday, 12 April 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 13 ]  | 
Everybody’s worried about the economy and where it’s headed. Housing values, job security, and retirement are iffy propositions to count on. People have seen their 401Ks take huge hits. Ponzi king Bernie Madoff (and a slew of other investment crooks) seems to have been able to make $50 billion vanish without a trace leaving a trail of investors and charitable organizations in the defunct column. Well I’ve got a bit of good advice as to where you could invest a relatively small amount of money that should pay big dividends if you’re in for the “long haul” like all the wise stock analysts suggest. Take two or three grand (tops) and buy the cherriest, low-mileage, steel-frame, dead-stock Buell you can find and squire it away for 20-years. That’s your “good advice” you say? Invest in a bike people look at with all the love and respect a 2001 Pontiac Aztec garners? Absolutely, and here’s my reason why. Buells are the Rodney Dangerfield of Harleys and appear to be looked upon only as donor bikes. With the current rate of attrition, it’s motorcyling’s version of an endangered species by the growing number of Buell-based customs I see that pass my desk, in other custom magazines, and the Internet. In 20 years only you and possibly Harley’s Milwaukee museum will have a stock Buell. What’ll it be worth? I couldn’t tell you, but at least you may not lose money and at worst you’ll have a unique (unless Harley decides to keep one) motorcycle to ride. Maybe you could contact the Wheels Through Time museum and see what their similar mystery bike, a 1917 Traub, is worth.

Little Comfort, But a Lotta Fun

By Buck Manning Photos by Jack “Same with me” Cofano Monday, 11 April 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
  Working a sales desk at Barnett’s was often like being on a reality/game show called “Who Can Grab that Sales Call First?” A missed call could have been measured in milliseconds as all the salesmen were like Olympians when it came time to hit the flashing phone button with the possibility of a sale behind it. If you actually won, you rarely had time to even compose yourself to speak with whoever was on the other end. One of the strangest calls I ever got involved what is referred to as a “relay call” which is a call from someone who’s deaf. Frankly, the concept of “speaking” to someone who was deaf on a phone never entered my tiny mind. The nice woman on the other end explained to me that she was the go-between where the deaf person would type out what they wanted to say on a computer screen she read and she would relay the message to me in spoken words. I had no idea anything like this existed, but it seemed like a pretty good thing so I agreed to her company’s terms of not asking her anything other than an answer to a question from the caller.

Joe Balderrama's Harley-Davidson Wide Glide

Story by Buck Manning, Photos by Ismael Studio Thursday, 07 April 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 198 ]  | 
Everyone has a different story on how they got into motorcycles. For some it was just an extension of generations of riders while others had some happenchance occurrence that transformed their lives. Yeah, everybody’s got a story, but some are just a little stranger than others. Fellow El Pasoan Joe Balderrama’s story is a bit different than the typical one of seeing the cool guy go roaring by from the back seat of his dad’s car or having a bachelor uncle who always had a pretty girl on the back of his bike that we always hear about. Joe relates, “I started riding only about three years ago. What happened was, I cut the tendons in my right arm and the doctors told me I needed therapy to get back to normal, so I bought a bike. I figured the motion of working the throttle and brake would help me with the therapy I needed.” Apparently it worked, as Joe’s just fine now, but it sure sounds like a cheap excuse to get a Harley.

Riding, Capturing the Moment

Ricardo Gonzalez Wednesday, 06 April 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 13 ]  | 
Every motorcycle rider is different.  Some people belong to a motorcycle club and some people enjoy riding solo.  One of the beauties of being a motorcycle rider is that  you can easily get on your bike and ride away on the open road.

Save The Tigers Mosaic Panhead

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “You Never Call” Cofano Wednesday, 06 April 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
    If you’ve got something you absolutely need to say, you might as well say it big. Subtly has its place, but not when you’re trying to get a message across to possibly the whole world. You gotta go big. Okay, it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out, but how to go about it is another matter altogether. Some people like to say it through advertisements or hooking onto a celebrity for the press or whatever means, legal or otherwise, that gets their point across. But, some people who are such motorcycle freaks that the only way to make their point is through a custom motorcycle that can waver on getting stuck as a theme bike. Our feature bike is one of those, but with the best of intentions and a very interesting twist.

All Star Baggers Never Enough Road King

Story By Tyler Durden Photos By Jack “Is There Ever Enough?” Cofano Wednesday, 06 April 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
   One thing Texans never get tired of hearing is that things are always bigger in Texas. I know I take it as a compliment. Everything including custom Harley-Davidson baggers like this stunning 2012 Road King built by the lads at All Star Baggers in Dallas, Texas, are bigger, badder, and more bagger for the buck even if it’s Texas-sized bucks. Even though this Road King started off as a standard issue base black FLHR, there’s not a lick of its OEM DNA on show except for the engine and even that doesn’t look like anything out of York. This baby is Texas badass wrapped up in a bagger that’ll swivel your head to take a look before your mind even registers it. It’s that striking in person.

Randy Grubb’s Far Out Decopod Model B

Story By Jeff Spicoli Photos By Jack “Oh It’s Far Out I Tell’s Ya” Cofano Tuesday, 05 April 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
   No! Don’t click away. Take a minute to check out this far out version of a custom motorcycle built by the least likely far out man ever. It’s actually very interesting to check out and see the work and art of quietly legendary, Randy Grubbs of Grants Pass, Oregon. In case the name doesn’t strike a bell, he’s the guy who built Jay Leno’s unbelievable Blastolene Special. In case you don’t know what that is, it’s a 21-foot long aluminum bodied two-seater with an 1800 cubic-inch, 810hp V-12 engine out of a Patton tank. If that doesn’t interest you for what’s involved in it, well . . .
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