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2018 Daytona Bike Week─ The Scene Part One

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Monday, 23 April 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Another year and another Bike Week in beautiful Daytona Beach. Out of all the years I have been coming here (and that’s a lot), I have never ever been rained out. Yea, I may get a little chilly in the mornings and evenings, but during the day it’s was absolutely gorgeous.

David Coker’s Trick Slick Nostalgia

Story by Buck Manning and photos courtesy of Newstalgia Wheel Tuesday, 10 April 2018 Comments [ 11 ] Gallery [ 15 ]  | 
You are not looking at the ultimate barn find even though it looks like it was ripped out of the pages of a 1965 Hot Rod magazine coverage of the finals at Lions Drag Strip and carefully put away wet. This two-wheeled apparent time traveler is actually brought to you directly from the 21st Century by David Coker, owner of Newstalgia Wheel in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the builder, Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, Texas.

Chop Machine’s Smokin’ Sporty

By Peter LaFrance Photos by Jack “Don’t mind if I do” Cofano Monday, 09 April 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
   Lord knows you gotta be careful attempting anything with the Old School look in mind as your starting point and hopefully, your ending point. There are just so many liberties you can take without breaking so many unwritten, but well-known rules of Old School that you end up with something that resembles a jumble ‘o ideas bitsa bike. You know, from the front it looks like . . . , but from the back it looks like . . . In actuality it looks like nothing in particular, like a bad meal.

Motorcycle Syndicate: Total Harmonic Distortion

Story by Buck Manning, Photos by Jerry Swanson Friday, 06 April 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 25 ]  | 
There’s a lot of jibber-jabber lately about what’s really going on in the custom motorcycle industry and where it’s headed. Everything from the ever-tightening EPA regulations potentially strangling it, to lack of interest from the end result user and buyer (that would be you). Nattering nabobs of negativity are always the first to speak and usually the loudest while doing nothing different to make an end-run around problems they might face, real or otherwise.

Custom Bagger From A Parallel Universe

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “That’s Where I Live” Cofano Thursday, 05 April 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 9 ]  | 
   First off I should state that although this appears to be a brand new custom big wheel bagger build, it isn’t and it is at the same time. Photographed fresh from a build at a show five-years ago, it still looks like it could be a contemporary of anything built today. It’s got all the right unofficial requirements that big wheel custom bagger should have from the obvious big front wheel to the sit on the ground stance to the flowing bodywork that looks like it’s under a constant wind of dark matter.   

A Tale of Two Bros

Story by Buck Manning. Photos by Mackenzie Moreno Tuesday, 03 April 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 29 ]  | 
First thing I do when I (finally) get up in the morning is to pick out my writing bathrobe of the day and immediately pour myself a cup of black (as-strong-as-I-can-make-it) French Roast and head over to the computer to check my email to see what Internet havoc went on during my personal slumber party.

Strictly For Show

Story By Alvoris Vambrosio Photos By Jack “Just Like Me” Cofano Monday, 02 April 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
A lot of builders of show bikes go out of their way trying to make you believe their over-the-top builds are street rides underneath. Sometimes this is actual fact and others, not so much. Hey there’s nothing wrong with building a show-only bike in my personal rules of life book. But to try and pass something off as a bike to hop on down to the local cantina on more than one time can be a bit too much to take. They were really not built for that and could wear their showiness off in short order too.

Too Much Or Just Right?

By Vincenzo D. Vincenzo Photos by Jack “I’m Both” Cofano Friday, 30 March 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 19 ]  | 
  Nothing’s harder building a custom, especially a show custom (other than building the bike in the first place) than deciding a paint scheme. Choosing the base color is probably the easiest as everyone has a personal preference towards certain colors after just years of living among all of them. Maybe that pedal car or BMX bike you had as a kid set your color stage in a positive tone or maybe the jerk kid in your neighborhood growing up had a purple bike that made you despise that color forever.

Jim Bortles' Orange Sunshine

Photos by Jack Cofano Thursday, 29 March 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 39 ]  | 
Once a year Carolina Harley-Davidson Buell has their in-house custom fabrication department build a completely custom bike. The custom build helps show that the Gastonia, North Carolina, based shop (located about 20 minutes west of Charlotte) can do more than just bolt-on H-D branded parts and it exposes the public to the custom fabrication they’re capable of. Jim Bortles is the sole man in charge of managing that division of the shop, plus he’s the one that performs all the welding and fabricating for it as well.

Pretty In Pink?

Story By Dr. Mantis Toboggan Photos By Jack “Tiny Bubbles” Cofano Tuesday, 27 March 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
There’s a famous line you’ve probably heard attributed to an 18th century Scottish poet named Robert Burns that goes like this, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Although I’m not into poetry or long dead Scottish writers, that was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this bike for the first time. Why I don’t exactly know, but it sums up my mixed feelings about this well-built custom.

Chop ‘Til You Drop Sportster

By Peter LaFrance Photos by Jack “Yes, I named my car, why?” Cofano Monday, 26 March 2018 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
  Oh no! The world’s turning sideways again and I’m having one of those flashbacks they warned us about except this isn’t one of those remnants of Psilocybin flashbacks, but the real thing. I’m sitting in the back of a study hall doing anything but studying, actually I’m sketching away on yellow arithmetic paper as usual. I’m doing my best to draw a perfect circle followed by two more inside that. Hey, you can’t have a tire without a rim. I always start at the front and work back until I have what I consider the perfect rendition of a late 1960’s chopper as it’s actually the late 1960s.

Man-O-Man! What’s Not To Love?

Story By Geronimo Jones Photos By Jack “Off On A Tangent” Cofano Friday, 23 March 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
Answer to the above question: Nothing. This striking chop Barnett’s numero uno photo guy and man-on-the-town, Jack Cofano, captured with his Nikon at the recent Smoke Out 18 is a looker and a goer and an all-round fun to ride and be seen on bike. Someone and I do mean someone, as we don’t know who built it, came up with their own take of what a custom bike means to them and they at least pulled all the right heartstrings of what I think is not only wicked cool, but just right. Good enough for a show as long as you could ride it there. This is a damn good looking street bike with the heart of a dragster.

LA Speed Shop’s Lane Splitting Panhead Bagger

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “Thermostat On 80 – Check!” Cofano Thursday, 22 March 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
   Lane splitting is something that can get you into some big trouble with the law unless you happen to live in sunny old California. Filtering through stopped, slow, or fairly rapidly moving traffic is perfectly acceptable as long as you’ve got the right bike to do it on and you’re a decent rider. I don’t think I’ve got to explain what kind of bike other than the narrower the better. Slicing between cars on a big Harley bagger can have its moments to say the least and an often even-wider custom bagger probably leaves you out of the lane-splitting loop altogether. But, not for Chris Richardson of LA Speed Shop fame. His Panhead bagger can slice and dice with the best of them.

Gold Standard Panhead

Story By Geronimo Jones Photos By Jack “Golden Boy” Cofano Tuesday, 20 March 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Once upon a time the gold standard was something that specifically meant currency or money as we like to call it was backed by a fixed amount of gold. Paper money could be exchanged for precious metal even although it was silver and not gold, though. Still, the gold standard even after it was dropped in the 1930s has always referred to something that has great value based on more than just paper.

Nothing Like A Bit Of Bedlam

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Hit Me Again” Cofano Monday, 19 March 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
Maybe it’s just me, but I would never ever have guessed this was a theme bike. Or, would I have guessed it was a Cross Bones either. That’s two major things I never would have guessed, but guess what? I really, really love this bike built by the folks at Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson in Raleigh, North Carolina, for so many reasons from its overall one-off look to its ability to still aim for the horizon at a moment’s notice.
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