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Lucas Joyner’s Wicked Cool Trumpet

Story By Bobby Conundrum Photos By Jack “Lights Always On” Cofano Thursday, 28 July 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
There’s not a more exciting custom bike to me than one that’s been stripped to the bones exposing the true motorcycle underneath all the “new and improved” factory furbelows the marketing types think we all wanted. Give me a cool motor, two wheels, and just enough to make it all work in the real world and I’m a happy camper. The more a motorcycle looks like a quick line drawing, the more attractive it is to me anyway. That doesn’t mean it’s just a stripped down stock POS, but more of an extremely highly-finished simple design where every single line has to be accounted for as necessary. There’s nothing just for the sake of it, just beautiful lines that do exactly what they have to in a harmonious design that has no obvious starting or ending point. Just one piece of motorcycle nirvana that celebrates our inner design tastes.

Going Deep On The Relatively Cheap

Story By Tyler Durden Photos By Jack “I’m Just Thrifty” Cofano Wednesday, 27 July 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
  Basic bobbers ─ where did they all go? And maybe the question to really ask is why did they go? Not that long ago there were many of these elemental cuties being turned out by not only lots of builders, but a lot of neat-o homebuilt ones too. Companies like the now defunct Sucker Punch Sallys really popularized this neo-traditional look of a bobber that chose simplicity of design, ease of building and most of all, being a fun ride as its main theme. You could buy a turnkey, a complete kit, or just build it yourself from readily available parts from many different suppliers. You might even get the bones of one at a local swap meet or an eBay deal or two or three.

Neil Dellinger’s Hot Road Glide

Story By Fidel Sassoon Photos By Jack “It’s Damn Hot In NC” Cofano Tuesday, 26 July 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
Neil Dellinger’s home town of Hickory, North Carolina, is a typical small city with all the typical things you expect of a city that was originally built around a tavern located under a hickory tree. The city was even named after the tavern and the tree as Hickory Tavern before someone got the bright idea that a town should not be named after a tavern so they just dropped “Tavern” from the official name. Hickory was once the epicenter of the furniture building business, but like most cities, things have slowed down a bit with furniture production although it still continues today. It seems like a lovely little city and a good place to live, but it looks too nice and too normal for me.

Daniel Ludwigsen’s Wraith-inspired Buell Bobber

Story and photos courtesy of Daniel Ludwigsen Monday, 25 July 2016 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 20 ]  | 
   Editor’s note: Sometimes there’s not a lot to say when a builder/owner is extremely articulate and fills out our questionnaire as well as anything that can be written. Below are ten questions designer/builder Dan Ludwigsen of Fayetteville, North Carolina, answered almost as well as the bike he has built from scratch in his garage. Only “almost” as the bike is simply amazing. Pay close attention to him as he’s a super-duper talented builder we’ll be seeing a lot more of in the future. Take it away Daniel.   

Chop Machine’s Delight In White Sportster

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “Now You’re Talking” Cofano Friday, 22 July 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
Some people just have perseverance in spades. As a good example of what I’m talking about, all I’d have to do is point out the custom motorcycle builders of Ohio who never gave up during extremely harsh economic times in the Rust Belt they had to work around. They’re people who’ve worked smart and hard as well as with each other at their jobs which also happened to be their passion. I’d like to think they’re all been a big part of the prosperity that the state of Ohio has become. They’ve also become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to steel-is-real custom motorcycles.

1:1 Scale Hot Wheels Harley

Story By Geronimo Jones Photos By Jack “I’m All Alone And Happy” Cofano Thursday, 21 July 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
Sometimes I feel like I’ve been left out of what most motorcycle riders’ memories of their youth involved things like collecting Mattel’s Hot Wheels and customizing Schwinn Stingrays. I never had any of that stuff as a kid. Not because my parents wouldn’t let me have them, but  because they hadn’t been introduced until I was way past having any interest in them. I was just about to get my first motorcycle when Stingrays came out in 1963. I had my own set of Hot Wheels when they came out in 1968 but mine had a V-twin engine, a real V-twin engine, so 1/64 scale models of funky cars or motorcycles held zero interest for me at the time. As you can easily surmise, I am an old dude.

So Whaddya Think?

Story By Monk Pacheco Photos By Jack “Haven’t For Years” Cofano Wednesday, 20 July 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 9 ]  | 
These days trying to stand out with a custom bagger gets harder and harder with every build. At the rate they seem to be getting built is surprisingly high and that’s great for builders as it keeps the cash flowing and shops open. And for us “looky-loos” too, as the late Rodent always referred to people staring at show bikes since we get to see stuff we can’t afford, probably would never own if we could, but love to see what’s the latest and greatest. Dreaming is always fun, though, and it doesn’t cost a penny.

"It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again!"

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Oh That Yogi” Cofano Tuesday, 19 July 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
Yup, that’s a famous quote from one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century, the late great Yogi Berra. I’ve always been a fan of his quotes more than a fan of his base ball career. Oh you probably know a lot of them already like “The future ain’t what it used to be” or “When you come to a fork in the road … take it” or my favorite “I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.” Yeah old Yogi told it like he thought it was and his quote used in the title exactly explains my feelings when I saw this bike show up in our photo galleries. It felt like déjà vu all over again.   

Joker Cycle Works Under Pressure

By Tyler Durden Photos by Jack “Pressure Is None Of My Business” Cofano Monday, 18 July 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 9 ]  | 
   Jeremy Valentine is one talented guy. Really talented. All you have to do is take a look at his version of a modern day board tracker that’s made to hit the streets as well as the show circuit and you can see he’s got it going on from tip to toe. Clean is the operative word here with nothing that catches my eye that shouldn’t.

New 2017 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Trike Spotted?

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “Covered In Spots” Cofano Friday, 15 July 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
   Oh man, could this be a 2017 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight trike prototype disguised as a 2013 model? If so, why was it at the recent Smoke Out 17 of all places? To test public reaction? Endurance testing? Shakedown cruise? Sorry to say, but it’s got nothing to do with those totally erroneous leading and loaded questions ─ I just couldn’t help myself with the 2017s being introduced so very soon and a lot of anticipation always precedes any new Harley-Davidson model year announcement. So before I get into big trouble with The Motor Company, I don’t have the slightest hint of what’s to come this August 22-25 at the annual dealers show.

New Old New Build Chopper

Story By Fidel Sassoon Photos By Jack “Same Old, Same Old” Cofano Thursday, 14 July 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
So I’m watching an online auto auction on TV when the parade of Camaros and Mustangs is broken up by a chopper rolling up to the block. It was long, low, with a wicked rake and was a big name build (that shall remain nameless) that was in perfect shape with not a scratch and less than a thousand miles on the odometer. It had every piece of trick git from the year (2007) it was built, wasn’t a silly theme bike, and looked quite usable as is or a great platform to modify to current tastes. It sold for eight grand. Basically, that covered the price of the finished and dolled-up S&S engine with all the other stuff thrown in for free.

Deep In The Heart Of Texas Road King

Story By Ramalama Dingdong Photos By Jack “Grandkids Everywhere” Cofano Wednesday, 13 July 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
The line between custom baggers and choppers is getting a bit blurred for me even though I’ve never had a hard time distinguishing between the two. My simplified view was that anything that looks like the late, great David Mann drew it is definitely in the chopper class and anything that has hard bags is a custom bagger. Lately, though, this simple definition has been pushed by builders like Chris Eder of Misfit Industries in Addison, Texas, to where I’m not sure there shouldn’t be a chopper/bagger classification. Misfit Industries has been on a run of custom baggers where the bags are becoming just a nice touch on something that has serious chopper in its bagger heart.

One Wild And Crazy Ride

Story By Russ T. Jones Photos By Jack “One Wild And Crazy Guy” Cofano Tuesday, 12 July 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
  Ah, the bikes of Smoke Out. They’re their own indefinable category yet they have a common ground of imagination and outrageousness tempered with actually being riders. Often the rider is also the builder and it’s not a profession, but an obsession carried out late at night in garages all over America. They’re not catalog builds, but customs made from pieces and parts scrounged up at the best price and re-purposed into a one-of-a-kind motorcycle that follows no unwritten rules or trends. That’s what makes them so cool as you don’t know what to expect and if you think you do, you’ll be disappointed. 

Rodney Smith’s [i]Lil Hot Rod[/i] Ironhead

By Buck Manning. Photos by Jack “[i]Shoot ‘em up[/i]” Cofano. Model- Jessica Monday, 11 July 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 52 ]  | 
What do custom bike builders ride? That’s a question that always pops up during an interview and the answer is usually that they actually have no bike they can call their own. When they do try to build one for personal use, somebody always seems to make them an offer they can’t refuse and the cycle starts over again. Probably not a bad position to be in businesswise, but it’s gotta be difficult not having a bike that’s your old comfortable friend. Rodney Smith, owner, along with his lovely wife Tammy, of Southeastern Customs in Holden Beach, North Carolina, is not your typical builder who gets his only two-wheeled time on customers’ bikes, but has made it a point to build something for himself that’s a keeper as far as he’s concerned. Custom bikes may come and go at his shop, but this 1979 Ironhead Sportster is his personal rider.

Skank Bikes’ Rubber-Burning Trike

Story By Monk Pacheco Photos By Jack “The Family Is In The House” Cofano Friday, 08 July 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
  Trikes just like motorcycles come in all shapes and sizes. There’s something for everyone. But, if your idea of the perfect trike isn’t available on a Harley-Davidson showroom floor, there’s always plenty of builders out there who will gladly make your dream trike come true. Joe Karam of Skank Bikes in Boynton Beach, Florida, is one of those guys. Maybe or maybe not this is the type of trike you’ve been looking for, but like all customs, they’re made with a specific idea, look and use in mind. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never lose this trike in the parking lot of the 2nd Annual Deadwood 3 Wheeler Rally coming up July 12-17.
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