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Gateway Customs Trikes & Cycles Slick Trick Trike

By Jeff Spicoli Photos by Jack “Sounds Like Me Except The Trike Part” Cofano Monday, 26 September 2016 Comments [ 14 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
  Somewhere I once read a quote supposedly from a General Motors executive during the muscle car era that went something like this, “You can’t sell an old guy’s car to a young guy, but you can sell a young guy’s car to an old guy.” I didn’t get it (or probably care) when I was young, but now that I’m an old guy I totally understand. Perhaps that’s why you could get a six-cylinder Chevy Impala SS with all the looks of a young guy’s car, but with an old guy’s oftentimes boring sensibility. At the very least, that kind of thinking brought people of all ages into the showroom and that’s half the battle to begin with.  

Geico Motorcycle Hot Bike Tour ─ The Bikes Part 2

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Friday, 23 September 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 16 ]  | 
Although almost 30 of the nation’s top builders were invited to participate in the 4th Annual Hot Bike Tour, I don’t think they all made it to the event. Which is understandable with the distances some would have to travel, but that doesn’t mean that there was a lack of top quality custom motorcycles to be seen.

Geico Motorcycle Hot Bike Tour ─ The Bikes Part 1

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Thursday, 22 September 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 19 ]  | 
Although almost 30 of the nation’s top builders were invited to participate in the 4th Annual Hot Bike Tour, I don’t think they all made it to the event. Which is understandable with the distances some would have to travel, but that doesn’t mean that there was a lack of top quality custom motorcycles to be seen.

Geico Motorcycle Hot Bike Tour - The Scene

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Wednesday, 21 September 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 26 ]  | 
           When I found out that the 4th Annual Hot Bike Tour was going to take place in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains I knew I was going to have to add the event to my schedule. Any excuse I can come up with to go to the mountains is a no brainer and this sounded like a great excuse.

Snortin’ Norton Board Tracker

Story By Emile Berube Photos By Jack “Paint It White And I’ll Take It” Cofano Tuesday, 20 September 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
  Even though Barnett’s Magazine Online’s late great rally reporter for over 20 years, Carl “Rodent” Metzger, loved his Harley-Davidsons plus the whole life that went with it,  there were two other rides from his ancient past he never got over while he lived in New York City in the early ‘60s. One was an early BMW R60/2 600 he rode the pee out of and in a time when motorcycles weren’t all that reliable, it was a godsend of reliability and an invitation to the open highway to him. The other was a Norton Commando that Rodent always referred to as his “snortin’ Norton.” He might have bragged about the BMW’s reliability, but he got downright passionate about his riding his “snortin’ Norton on the mean streets of New York City.” It was always spoken of in revered tones and he always called it a snortin’ Norton. 

Will Ramsey’s Tight and Shallow Panhead

By Tyler Durden Photos by Jack “Call me Mr. Jack” Cofano Monday, 12 September 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
Well if this beautiful little bobber built by Will Ramsey of Faith Forgotten Choppers isn’t the two-wheeled epitome of Mitch Ryder’s Devil with the Blue Dress On, I don’t know what is. Still not convinced? Well stop staring at the lovely ’56 Harley Panhead engine and all the other really neat doo-dads and take a damn good look at that blue dress. In this case, that blue dress is the old-style lugged frame that could have been a show stopper just by itself. And, it’s not some vintage Harley-Davidson frame with cast iron lugs dipped in chrome, but a Will Ramsey-built special with stainless steel lugs and that fact’s too cool for school, even Old School.

Black Label Baggers 50 Shades of Turbo Street Glide

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “I’ve Lost My Gold Chains” Cofano Friday, 09 September 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
    Well it’s been a good week or so since Barnett’s Magazine Online has had a Harley-Davidson big wheel bagger as a lead story. So for all you bagger freaks out there, this one’s for you. Hopefully you’re looking for tastefully extreme as that’s exactly what this 2015 Street Glide built by the performance-minded crew at Black Label Baggers in Phoenix, Arizona. They’re definitely a radical custom bagger bunch, but with former professional racing driver, Paul Tracy, at the helm, it’s no surprise there’s a performance adder on board as well as the usual air suspension.

Smoke Out 17 Pro Chop Off Winning Shovelhead

Story By Unabashed Jeff Cochran Fan Photos By Jack “Ready For Vegas” Cofano Thursday, 08 September 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
Oh man, that’s one lovely ride if I’ve ever seen one. It’s clean, it’s simple, and it’s absolutely beautiful. It’s the perfect what-you-see-is-what-you-get bike as it’s all laid out in front of you to simply drink in all the beautiful lines. No big surprise then that it’s another knockout build from the fertile mind of Jeff Cochran of SpeedKing USA in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jeff’s been a stalwart of building what many consider “real” custom motorcycles with homage to the past but firmly stuck in the present.

Machine Gun Preacher’s OCC Charity Chopper

Story By Joe-Joe White Photos By Jack “Is It Safe To Go Outside Yet?” Cofano Wednesday, 07 September 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
    Sometimes the story is about the bike, sometimes it’s about the builder and sometimes it’s about nothing to do with motorcycles except for the back story. Sometimes it’s all three although to varying degrees and that’s exactly what we’ve got going on here. The bike is an OCC-built chopper from the television heyday of choppers built a couple of years after Y2K. There’s nothing particular about this OCC build other than it’s a mint bike with all the OCC trappings of the time. It’s got a big-inch RevTech engine with OCC’s high-in-the-front style that caused heads to swirl with excitement at an OCC build or turn away. It just depends on how you perceived OCC’s style at the time or in retrospect. It wasn’t a TV build so there’s no drama connected with it, it’s just a nice, typical OCC bike built under Paul Sr.’s tutelage.

Lightning Strikes Twice

By Peter LaFrance Photos by Tim Firstenberger Tuesday, 06 September 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 12 ]  | 
   Supposedly the old saying about lightning not striking the same place twice is nothing more than an incorrect saying. Lightning has no memory or feelings or intellect of any kind so it’s just gonna hit wherever and whenever the hell it feels like it. Maybe I shouldn’t feel so intellectually superior to those people I see on TV that calmly state how they’ve been it three of four times by lightning. Extremely bad luck, extremely stupid, or maybe they just like being hit and I’m looking at it all wrong. All I know is that I’ve got no interest in finding out much about lightning on a personal level unless it involves either a BSA Lightning or a Buell Lightning. I admit I’m more partial to the Buell version than to Birmingham’s finest, but then I appreciate bikes that would rather run than poop out because of lack of necessary lightning like the fine BSA electrics by Joey Lucas.

Steve Carr’s Really Fine ‘Bama Jammer Low Rider

Story By Geronimo Jones Photos Courtesy Steve Carr Friday, 02 September 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
Every now and then you run into a custom Harley that really hits the nail squarely on the head. Sort of a Goldilocks bike that’s not basically stock with a couple of bolt-ons or something too radical you can’t just hop on and ride it without having to think about it, but a build that brings out what most Harley dreamers would like to own if they had the cash or the talent. One that looks good, performs good and could even get serviced at a Harley dealer anywhere in the USA. In my opinion, that’s exactly the feel-good custom bike you’re looking at right here.

Horses Are None Of My Business

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “I Do Like Horsepower” Cofano Thursday, 01 September 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 11 ]  | 
Like I said, horses are none of my business. I grew up in a horse family with a father who obsessed over them. He spent a lot of time around them as a kid including pre-Depression stints of driving a horse-pulled ice wagon and another delivering coal. As a young kid he tried to pass that obsession onto me, but I didn’t want anything to do with an animal that had to turn back and look at you in the saddle with each eye to make sure it was seeing what the other eye did. I didn’t trust them then and I still feel the same way today.

It’s Mr. Spitball Magoo To You

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “I’m More Of A Lugie Guy” Cofano Wednesday, 31 August 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
Canadian winters have got to be really long and really tough. The only benefit of a long winter is you can finally get into the shop and do all the things you said you were gonna do during the riding season, but never did. Now there’s no excuse especially if you’re a guy running a fence business in the Great White North. I mean, like, business has gotta slow down. That’s when guys like Wayne Burgess of Fenwick, Ontario, can finally scratch that custom motorcycle itch with intensity only below-freezing temperatures can bring about. What you’re looking at is a result of that itch and as you’ll see, it was a pretty good scratching.

Joey Hensley’s Merica ─ 9/11 Tribute Road King

Story By Buzzy LaMore Photos By Jack “Standing Tall For A Short Guy” Cofano Tuesday, 30 August 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
From my view high atop the Barnett’s World Headquarters, nothing represents patriotism and good old America like looking down on a dealership selling Hartley-Davidsons. For now (and hopefully in the distant future) nothing seems more American to me than seeing made-in-America Harley-Davidsons of all types with all types of people, Americans if you will, riding their dreams. They’ve become as much of the American dream as owning your own house or just living life as you see fit. America is all about freedom and nothing represents freedom like a Harley has for the past 113 years. Freedom of the open road, freedom from boredom, and freedom to express yourself pretty much any way you choose.

Slammin' Southwest Shovelhead

By Buck Manning and photos by Joe Yezzi Monday, 29 August 2016 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 62 ]  | 
Given a little time, it’s always amazing how your mind can, to paraphrase an old saying, turn sh*t into Shinola and make something you once felt sucked into an object of desire. For instance, take the infamous 1969-1981 AMF era at Harley-Davidson. Buying a new Harley then was a definite crapshoot as AMF’s total reorganization of production along with a decimated workforce and resulting strikes caused quality control problems that almost shuttered Milwaukee’s Vatican of V-twins forever. Back then I hardly gave an AMF-tagged bike a cursory look other than a few particular models. But, there were actually quite a few AMF-introduced features we take for granted on a Harley today. Oh little things like alternators (’70), disc brakes (’72), cast aluminum wheels (’77), electronic ignition (’78), rubber engine mounts (‘’80), Kevlar belt final drive (’80), and a five-speed transmission (’80) to name a few. Or, iconic production models such as the ’71 FX Super Glide, ’77 XLCR Café Racer, ’77 FXS Low Rider, ’80 FXB Sturgis, and ’80 FLT Tour Glide (if your favorite model was left out, I apologize telepathically). I never thought it could happen, but today I look at an AMF boat tail with lust and not disgust.
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