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As Seen At Myrtle Beach Road Glide

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Sassy Man” Cofano Thursday, 26 May 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
As promised in some of the previous Jack Cofano articles on Myrtle Beach Bike Week 2016 that we’ve run this week, here’s a taste of what’s going on in the wonderful world of custom motorcycles. Baggers are still the muse of choice for builders and customers alike with each new build just pushing the custom envelope a bit at a time. I see a lot of buzz on the Internet that their time has come and gone, but you’d never ever know it by the proliferation of high-tech, high-style, and high-cost baggers at every show we cover. It’s only fair then that the first bike we’ve singled out just happens to be a custom bagger.

Myrtle Beach Bike Week 2016 ─ The Bikes Part 2

Story By Jimmy Crowley Photos By Jack “Digital Lad” Cofano Wednesday, 25 May 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 23 ]  | 
   Every year Barnett’s Magazine Online’s intrepid photographer, the lovely Jack Cofano gets back from Myrtle Beach Bike Week, he’s always amazed how much better the quality of bikes are getting from design to paintjobs. Okay, a lot of it is about mind blowing paintjobs, but what can you expect from a guy who sees the world through a Nikon lens? Capturing the essence of rad paintwork splayed out over the acres of surface area on parking lot of custom baggers will do that to a guy. Unfortunately as he wrote in Part 1, the way organizers place the bikes so close together makes it near impossible to photograph to his standards, but somehow he always pulls it off.
    Myrtle Beach Bike Week is a tough place for me to get a lot of custom bikes for your viewing pleasure. The bike shows that are held around the area are spread out and not very well advertised. Fortunately I did manage to run across quite a few candidates for this article.
    Myrtle Beach Bike Week aka Grand Strand Bike Week aka Harley-Davidson Bike Week or whatever you want to call it, is a time to hang with good friends, meet some new ones and generally have a bikin’ good time.

Naked And Blown Road King

Story By Tyler Durden Photos By Jack “I’m Officially Sane” Cofano Saturday, 21 May 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
  In case this bike rings any bells, don’t be alarmed as it’s part of a pair of 2016 Harley-Davidson Road Kings customized or maybe I should say, completely reimagined by Chris Eder and his crew at Misfit Industries in Addison, Texas, until they’re both something else altogether. Both bikes were built for GEICO to showcase at this year’s 75th Daytona celebration and the talented handiwork of the Misfit crew couldn’t have been a better pick to draw riders into the insurance company’s booth at Daytona and other assorted venues to come.  

Lardass Customs’ Deluxier Deluxe

By Tyler Durden Photos by Jack “Dude, they usually remove that” Cofano Sunday, 15 May 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
  There’s nothing I hate much more than getting psyched out on having the best prime rib ever served on planet Earth at a local restaurant I frequent and arriving there to find out they’ve sold out for the night. Damn! All that primping and preening for nothing! When the now-scared wait staff asks if there’s something else I’d like to order instead, I realize there is nothing I’d really like to order. When you’ve got your heart set on something, really set on something like a slab of perfect medium-rare prime rib, nothing else will do. Bummed out, I finish off my pre-dinner cocktail, leave, and wait for the future to arrive hoping everything will go my way next time.

Too Much Or Just Right Sportster?

Story By Nikita Brezhnev Photos By Jack “Oh I’m Laughing Along” Cofano Friday, 13 May 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
   So what do you think? Is it too much or is it a well-planned knockout of a Sporty? Usually I’m not into flash and even small amounts of flash can bother me, but for reasons completely unknown or understood by me, I really like this bike. It’s a bold statement in copper to say the least, but I think builder Erik Vauth of House of Thunder USA located in the art district in Miami, Florida, pulled this one off. And, like I said, he pulled it off very well.

Jennifer Korbisch’s Pretty In Pink Street Glide

Story By Monk Pacheco Photos By Jack “Never In Pink” Cofano Tuesday, 10 May 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
   Personally I don’t know the young lady, Jennifer Korbisch, from Moncks Corner, South Carolina who owns this brilliant pink bagger, but after seeing her quite over-the-top pink Street Glide, I think I’ve got a bit of a handle on what she likes. I’d guess she’s a pretty fearless person who not only rides motorcycles, but can handle a big wheel bagger while she’s riding alongside her husband, Kevin Ellis. She’s also by no means afraid of a little attention as any young woman riding a pink big wheel extravaganza has to be. I mean, there’s no way in hell any of you would not look at both Jennifer and her bike as she rolled by. Plus, it doesn’t it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell she certainly likes her bling. Hey, she knew what she wanted and got exactly that.

House Of Thunder USA’s Café Sportster

Story by Jeff Spicoli Photos by Jack “Living For The Weekends” Cofano Sunday, 08 May 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
  Somewhere along the way recently, Sportsters became cool again and I couldn’t be happier. It’s not that they weren’t cool all along, but there’s been some bad attitude dropped on Harley-Davidson’s longest running model that it didn’t deserve over the years. Girl’s bike, beginners’ bike, okay for a little bike, etc. were among the derogatory words I’ve heard when ever I’ve professed my love for Sportsters. And, yes it is love as it was the first Harley model I ever rode and what got my love for all things Harley going in the first place. It was not a Panhead or a Knucklehead or a big block Harley, but the first versions of Harley’s answer to the British invasion of the ‘50s and ‘60s.  

Itch Scratching Harley FL

Story By Okie O’Connor Photos By Jack “That Reminds Me . . .” Cofano Friday, 06 May 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
  Have you ever had an itch you just can’t scratch? Maybe it’s in a tiny epicenter of your back that’s driving you crazy or maybe it’s in your head. Even the worst of the worst back itches can be scratched using a doorway, a tool, or having a friend be your tool, but the ones that are stuck deep within your brain are the hardest. Scratching your head only makes you think about the itch more and more until the itch takes over and the only way out is to mentally and physically scratch that itch. That’s exactly what B.K. Keenan of New Ellington, South Carolina, did to placate his motorcycle itch once and for all. He built the bike of his dreams with an engine that makes bystanders scratch their head wondering how this came about.

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Story By Peter LaFrance Photos By Jack “What You See Is What You Get” Cofano Thursday, 05 May 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
   You never take anything for granted in the world of Harley-Davidsons especially when it comes to mildly modified Motor Company customs. With two basic platforms for the big twins, if the specific model you started out with isn’t quite cutting the mustard you have two choices. One is easy and just involves money and one is harder and involves time and money. The former involves trading it in and getting what you think you want and the latter is taking the somewhat universal H-D platforms and making it into what you want.

Scorpion RT ─ A Reverse Trike You Might Like

Story By Fidel Sassoon Photos By Jack “I Take My Leave” Cofano Wednesday, 04 May 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
  Unless it’s got a Panhead, a long springer front end and skinny rear tires, regular old single front wheel trikes are not my cup of tea. Actually I can’t even remember when I last had a cup of tea so maybe what I’m saying is that single front wheel trikes are not my bag dude. Of course I’m fine if you’re a fan and more power to you if you’re riding one. Each to his (or her) own and leave them alone is my unofficial mantra and that pertains to all bikes or trikes. But, after experiencing what a reverse trike is like to ride (drive?), I’m totally on board with this design. It may not exactly feel or look like a motorcycle from the rider’s vantage point, but the inherent safety and ease with which a reverse trike can be ridden has won me over.

Big Wheel Bagger For Show And Go

Story By Monk Pacheco Photos By Jack “I Ain’t Saying Nothing” Cofano Tuesday, 03 May 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
  A lot of this is assumption, but there are clues everywhere that this big wheel Harley-Davidson Street Glide is made to be equally at home on the street or under show lights on a stadium floor. First off, old Jack Cofano shot this bike doing show duty at the Charlotte Easyriders show, so the show part is duly noted. Did it place, did it win? I have no idea and that’s beside the point. This bagger can hold its fairing up high at any show (that accepts baggers) and do its owner proud even if it’s not the most radical bagger ever.    Saying that, by the way, is not meant to be an insult in any way. I assume the owner, Herb Liles of Littleton, North Carolina, had this bike built exactly the way he wanted by Crazy Rooster Customs in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and it’s pretty rad with its 30-inch, swirling-spoke chrome front wheel to say the least. That whole front end, from the smooth looking air suspension forks to the large single rotor and the tightly-designed front fender, has got it all going on if this is your bag. And it is for a lot of custom lovers these days.

Eddie Trotta’s Etched to Perfection Evo

By Peter LaFrance Photos by Jack “Kvetching for Perfection” Cofano Sunday, 01 May 2016 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
Hey I hate to say it, but some of the most famous builders have disappeared. No not kidnapped by aliens or lost in space and time or whatever, just disappeared. On the other hand, some of the legendary builders just keep on cranking out customs because that’s what they do. Smiling Eddie Trotta, owner of Thunder Cycle Design in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is one of those builders who keeps doing what he loves and loves what he’s doing. You can’t help but know when you see a Trotta bike as he’s synonymous with sexy long bikes that don’t give a damn about time or trends. He’s got a special feel for the lines and flow of his bikes along with a bit of rascallious elegance like his Etched to Perfection feature bike that lets you know Eddie never left the building and he never will.

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.
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