Barnett's Magazine (Articles 1975)

Bagger Barn’s Delight In White Street Glide

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Vacationing In New York” Cofano Wednesday, 16 August 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
  Contrary to popular opinion, actually riding a radical custom bagger can be totally possible if the builder has the smarts and is able to keep their imagination from getting the better of them. If you build enough different styles of big wheel baggers in differing front wheel sizes, you know what really works and what doesn’t if a customer plans to ride it as well as show it. But, more so on the ride-side and nobody should complain about that. Although I sincerely appreciate the work that goes into über-radical show bikes, I love custom bikes that can hit the road just for the hell of it.

Jennifer Korbisch’s Pretty In Pink Street Glide

Story By Monk Pacheco Photos By Jack “Never In Pink” Cofano Monday, 14 August 2017 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.

Color Splashed Bad Boy Bobber

Story By Todd Brady Photos By Jack “Up State New York Away!” Cofano Saturday, 12 August 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
Color splashing is a photographer’s technique that takes a black and white photo or video and adds (usually) a single splash of color to highlight an area or thing(s) they wanted you to see. It seems to have been used often in TV commercials where they’re trying to make what they’re pushing stand out. Even though you might think that’s what’s going on here after looking at the lead photo with it’s purple splash grabbing your attention, it’s not. That’s exactly the way the bike itself looks in real time, the background was just black- and white-ed out like an old photo.The purple splashes are real.

Full Circle Fly Yellow Street Glide

Story By Dick Jagger Photos By Jack “Is It Down?” Cofano Friday, 11 August 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
   So, you’ve finally stepped up and bought a new Harley-Davidson Street Glide, the bike of your dreams as well as many other bagger freaks. Apparently it’s Harley’s biggest selling model and the sleek and low look appeals to many other like-thinking Harley owners. Your friends, relatives and neighbors have all complimented you on your good taste and the dream seems to have really come true. But, as the months roll on the stream of compliments appears to be drying up. Your tasteful, bad ass black paintwork and factory chrome still gleams with all the polishing you’ve done, but something’s just not the same. 

Boardwalk Bitsa Bobber

Story By Fidel Sassoon Photos By Jack “I’d Like Some Peanuts” Cofano Thursday, 10 August 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
   A few days ago, Barnett Harley-Davidson GM, Mark Barnett, posed a question on Facebook if people wanted to see more Triumph choppers and, surprisingly to me, the overwhelming response was in favor of more. Even more surprising was that there were no nattering nabobs of negativity to paraphrase the late motorcycle freak, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew. So kids, here’s one more custom Triumph with a slightly different twist then the one Mark Barnett presented for your approval/disapproval. 

Sleek, Sexy And Smart Ultra Limited

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Same As Me” Cofano Wednesday, 09 August 2017 Comments [ 9 ] 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.

Hot Rod Dyna Low Rider S

Story By Dr. Catalina Of Madrid Photos By Jack “Off Gallivanting” Cofano Tuesday, 08 August 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
There’s been a call from the higher-up to feature more mildly-modified Harley-Davidsons which you all are apparently clamoring for. And, no, I’m not referring to the “higher-up” as straight from Jesus as you might be thinking, but from the often lovable, never not charming and always thinking Barnett Harley-Davidson General Manager, Mark Barnett. He says you want ‘em so here you go and it should fit the mildly-modified bill like it was a perfect template for this article. Just so you know, I quite like it.

Naked And Blown Road King

Story By Tyler Durden Photos By Jack “I’m Officially Sane” Cofano Monday, 07 August 2017 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.  

Sassy Smoke Out Shovelhead

Story By Alvoris Vambrosio Photos By Jack “It’s Too Hot!” Cofano Saturday, 05 August 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
Oh you just gotta love a bike like this sensationally striking Shovelhead springer Jack Cofano brought back from the recent Smoke Out 18 in digitized form for all to see and enjoy. Although the event is possibly more well known for its multitudes of rough and tough garage built bikes, that doesn’t mean you won’t see builds that are just this side of over-the-top in fit and finish. Smoke Out attendees love to see anything that looks like it’s been homebuilt whether it’s a primered rat bike or something as highly finished as this Shovel. Anything goes as long as it isn’t a big wheel bagger with a carnival paint job, those are strictly verboten and if they were there, they’d probably be in imminent danger of being deconstructed shall I say.

Retro Comes In Different Shapes

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Am I Retro Or Just Cool?” Cofano Friday, 04 August 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
  Oh it’s Smoke Out time again and the pickings couldn’t be more interesting if I had personally made all the building choices. Hot Rod magazine always pushed their mantra of “Dare to be different!” and that certainly didn’t apply to a 1969 Camaro. That cry led to a plethora of customized vehicles the likes of which had probably never graced a magazine before. People made cool high performance Pinto wagons that looked killer or maybe an over-the-top restomod 1954 Plymouth Belvedere. Nothing was off limits except maybe ’69 Camaros. 

World’s First Tattooed Motorcycle

Story By Alvoris Vambrosio Photos By (solo) Tomasz Pulsakowski (sidecar) Patryk Ogorzalek/Pogo Photos Thursday, 03 August 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 24 ]  | 
   My brain is still reeling a bit after going through the photos and video of what’s claimed to be the world’s first tattooed bike built by Game Over Cycles in Lubaczów, Poland. Oh I’ve seen a few bikes that were airbrushed and hand painted to look like tattoos and they were pretty damn cool on their own, but this bike (now with a sidecar too) was covered in leather and actually tattooed just like if you walked into your local tattoo parlor and got one yourself.

Not A Line Out Of Place Panhead

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Heading To New York” Cofano Tuesday, 01 August 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
      Looking through the bikes old squinty-eye Jack Cofano has loaded up into our editorial galleries for future stories, there seems to be a lot of Old School/’70s-style/retro/or whatever-you want-to-call-them choppers. I just think of them as choppers as choppers are their own special entity and the longbike Panhead chopper built by Christopher Phillips of Doomtown Choppers, could be the perfect template of what a vintage-influenced chopper style can and should be.   

Xotic Customs Radical Red Road King

Story By Fidel Sassoon Photos By Jack “The Kids Are Alright” Cofano Friday, 28 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
Sometimes things are not what they seem and in the case of the 2007 Harley-Davidson Road King you’re looking at you’d be easily excused if you thought this was a fresh as a daisy custom bagger build. It’s crisp and clean and looks as up to date for a radical build as anything done within the last month. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on your point of view, this custom Road King first hit the road a good four years ago, yet looks yesterday fresh. 

Thatsa One Spicy Meatball

Story By Enrico Fermi Photos By Jack “I Love Meatballs” Cofano Thursday, 27 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
Not every bike we feature has to be over the top or slightly beyond. Custom bikes that get you jonesing to start ‘em up and ride the hell out of ‘em after a quick look are what a lot of riders are looking for even if they don’t know it. There are bikes you can’t help but stare at and admire the workmanship and imagination that went into them. Then there are those others that just hit all the right buttons and make you want to ride them. This nicely customized late model Harley-Davidson Softail is one of the latter. 

Jeff Braun 2003 Retro Heritage Classic

Story by Buck Manning, Photos by Jeff Braun Wednesday, 26 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 53 ]  | 
Carroll Shelby will go down in history as the father of the legendary beautifully-brutal Cobra roadsters, stunning Daytona coupes, and Corvette-road-race-beating early Shelby GT350s, not a bad thing to be remembered and admired for. What I remember and admire him for the most was how he pulled the wool over the eyes of every car magazine back in 1962 when he introduced the original 260” Ford V-8 powered Cobra. After originally seeing a small picture of the prototype, CSX 2000, in a raw aluminum body in Motor Trend, I couldn’t wait to see a production roadster in a color.
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