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   If you’ve somehow missed the previous three days of coverage of the 2016 Charlotte Easyriders Bike Show, let me fill you in. It took place in the middle of a freakin’ snow storm that was big enough to come with a name ─ Jonas. Even when Winter Storm Jonas tried preventing many bike builders from making it to the 2016 Charlotte Easyriders Bike Show, the builders didn’t let some stinking storm stop them. There were over 60 custom bikes that I photographed and that’s pretty damn good, way more than I expected, for an area where we don’t do snow well. Luckily there were a lot of beautiful bikes there and that more than made it even more worthwhile for me.
            Even with Winter Storm Jonas preventing many bike builders from making it to the 2016 Charlotte Easyriders Bike Show, there were still more custom bikes than I expected. I photographed over sixty bikes at the show and we will show them to you in three parts with new photos in each part. Three unique galleries I’m sure you’ll enjoy.
Even with Winter Storm Jonas preventing many bike builders from making it to the 2016 Charlotte Easyriders Bike Show, there were still more custom bikes than I expected. I photographed over sixty bikes at the show and we will show them to you in three parts with new photos in each part.

2016 Charlotte Easyriders Bike Show ─ The Scene

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Wednesday, 03 February 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 18 ]  | 
      Ok, who ordered a winter storm on the weekend of my first event of the year? Winter Storm Jonas rolled into North Carolina on Friday, January 22, just in time to make my four-hour drive to Charlotte, North Carolina, more exciting than I wanted. It started with pouring rain, turned into freezing rain, then sleet and, finally snow, sleet and freezing rain mix. I expected it to start raining frogs and locusts at any time. Oh the horror!

Is This Knuck Gorgeous Or What?

Story By Jeff Spicoli Photos By Jack “Yes I Am” Cofano Friday, 29 January 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 9 ]  | 
   There are certain Harley-Davidson engines that are so intrinsically beautiful that it’s almost impossible to make a bad looking bike. By that I mean that I have seen some bikes I thought were uglier than hell, but if it had the right motor and it was nicely dressed out, that’s all I could see. Harley’s drop-dead Knucklehead, their first production venture making an overhead valve V-twin engine from 1936 to 1947, sits high atop the list of knockout engine designs. The engineers got this one right in ways they never could have imagined when they were first started tossing out ideas on how to update the previous lineup of Flathead engines to stay competitive in a tough marketplace.

The Factory Metal Works Four Lines On Two Wheels

Story By Emile Berube Photos By Jack “Bad Company” Cofano Thursday, 28 January 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
   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 out inner design tastes.

Custom Bikes For Tykes?

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “I Want One!” Cofano Wednesday, 27 January 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
    Old squinty eye, Barnett’s Magazine Online’s photojournalist and part-time playboy, Jack Cofano doesn’t miss a trick when he’s covering custom motorcycle shows. He’s gotta be the fastest lensman on two feet as he sprints from bike to bike to bike and lands the best shots you’ll ever see under harsh show lighting and crowded conditions. He’s not only fast, but he doesn’t miss a bike, any bike, either (unless it’s intentional, but that’s another story altogether). I never know what’s gonna show up in the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds (does that make it thousands?) of photo galleries he’s loaded up over the last fifty or so years he’s worked at Barnett’s Magazine and that’s exactly what I love.

Carl “Rodent” Metzger 1936-2016

Photos By Leslie Kaye Tuesday, 19 January 2016 Comments [ 5 ] Gallery [ 14 ]  | 
  It is with much sadness we mourn the passing of Carl “Rodent” Metzger who’s been a staple of Barnett’s Magazine from its print beginnings to its later online version. He was a one-off human if there ever was one with an opinion on everything and never afraid to let you know what he thought. Over the years he covered events for Barnett’s Magazine from Sturgis to Daytona and anywhere else a motorcycle event occurred. All of us at Barnett’s Magazine will miss his quick wit, wisdom and especially his ever-smiling sarcastic attitude. The world of motorcycles will never be quite the same. Rodent is survived by his son, Jeremy Jennings of Manhattan, New York, and step-daughter, Jessica Jennings, of Durango, Colorado. Godspeed Rodent.

Ken’s Factory GangStar Shovelhead

Story By Fidel Sassoon Photos By Jack “North Carolina Gangster” Cofano Tuesday, 19 January 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
   Back just before the turn of the century, my boss, Barnett Harley-Davidson’s GM Mark Barnett turned me on to Japanese customs. I hate to admit it, but I had no idea of anything pertaining to a custom Harley scene in Japan of all places. I shouldn’t have been too surprised as European motorcycle customizers were turning out builds that were the equal of anything American builders were capable of, but with their own unique twist. Same goes for the Japanese builders after I spent some time cruising through Mark’s vast library of foreign magazines. I may not have had the slightest idea what they were writing about, but there were photos of cool bikes that defied all the current trends. Since my awakening, Japanese builders have become a huge part of the custom motorcycle scene and have become their own trendy style without losing their excruciating devotion to detail and appreciation of all things mechanical.

Torch Industries Tail Dragging Shovelhead Softail

Story By Tyler Durden Photos By Jack “Lágrimas De Un Payaso” Cofano Friday, 15 January 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
   Motorcycle TV may not have advanced society in any way, but it sure gave a nice bunch of custom bikes to drool over. No, no ─ I’m not referring to the constant flow of corporate theme bikes that were shoved down our throats, but to lovely bikes like our feature bike. Yes, this was another of those impossibly tough to build within the time frame allotted and exploited for our hour of enjoyment on Discovery’s BikerLive show, but it’s quite a cut above something themey or corporate and probably should not even be discussed with them. There’s nothing hokey about this blast from the past.

Kenny Williams Kryptonite Bagger

Story By Emile Berube Photos By Jack “Slaves Over Photos” Cofano Tuesday, 12 January 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 11 ]  | 
  Is it too much to assume that everybody reading this knows what Kryptonite really is, even though it doesn’t really exist? Okay, for the few that don’t, the Internet says, “Kryptonite is a fictional substance from the Superman comic book series (and subsequent related media). The material, usually shown as having been created from the remains of Superman's native planet of Krypton, generally has detrimental effects on Superman.” In other words, nothing can apparently make Superman weak in the knees other than Kryptonite. Funny, that’s the same weak in the knees feeling I get after staring at Kenny Williams shimmeringly beautiful bagger built at his shop, KW Customs in Benson, North Carolina.  

Split Image Kustoms Straight Outta Fresno Digger

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “Straight Outta New York” Cofano Friday, 08 January 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 12 ]  | 
  Okay, the title is not exactly true, this shockingly beautiful retro digger is “Straight Outta Fresno” in spirit, but it’s straight out of the Hanford, California, shop, Split Image Kustoms, under the retro guidance of the extremely talented owner, Dalton Walker. A ‘70s-style digger may not be what you’d lay down your hard earned cash for casual riding, but if you can’t appreciate and even love Dalton’s build for what it is, you ain’t got a real motorcycle bone in your body as far as I’m concerned. This bike is insanely cool in all the right retro ways and not the least bit of a suck-up to Old School. It’s just like the last 35-years never happened.

How Does A 26 Grab Ya?

Story By Jeff Spicoli Photos By Jack “None Of Your Business” Cofano Thursday, 07 January 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
    Why is it that four-inches of wheel size seems to make such a difference to the overall look of a custom Harley bagger? Basically the same frame modifications have to be made to a bagger whether you’re fitting a 26- or a 30-inch wheel, but why does a 26 almost look “normal” so to speak? Is it just the trick of an eye or does the difference seem apparent to you too? Just so you know, I’m still getting used to the idea of a bagger with a wicked-big 23-inch wheel which is next to nothing over stock in the land of customs. But, I’m beginning to think that 26-inch wheels just might be the visual happy spot on a radical bagger that still sees street time.

Notsure Panhead Bobber

Story By Peter LaFrance Photos By Jack “Don’t Ask Me” Cofano Wednesday, 06 January 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
  Sometimes you gotta go with just what you got whether it’s building a custom motorcycle or writing a story about one when there’s a distinct lack of info. This little beauty bobber has been forlornly sitting in Barnett’s Magazine Online’s photo site tagged “Notsure” ever since Señor Cofano loaded it up quite a while ago. Like a lot of bikes at shows, there was no information about the bike or the owner to go along with it, but it was just too Old School cool to let it sit any longer. It’s a cool piece and worth spending time checking it out in Jack’s photo gallery.

Misfit Industries ─ Chopper Or Custom Bagger?

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Always Leaving Messages” Cofano Tuesday, 05 January 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
  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.
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