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Paragon Customs “Just Right” Road Glide

By Alvoris Vambrosio Photos by Jack “If I See It, I Shoot It” Cofano Tuesday, 20 February 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 14 ]  | 
   Some bikes scream custom and some bikes scream bolt-on and some bikes scream softly while carrying a classy custom stick so to speak. This stunner of a Road Glide is the work of Ryan Fielding of Paragon Customs in Sauk City, Wisconsin, and it fits that Goldilocks’ “Just right” category in my opinion. This is one looker of a bagger that you wouldn’t think twice about hopping on and riding to Sturgis from any corner of the USA.

Does This Look Stupid To You?

Story By Alvoris Vambrosio Photos By Jack “Don’t Get Me Angry!” Cofano Monday, 19 February 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 9 ]  | 
     As always, there’s a story behind the story and this time it’s the bike’s owner, Chris LeDuc of Massapequa, New York, who provided the little story behind the title. Filling out the show info about his custom 1976 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead for the Hot Bike Tour 2016, they asked what “cool stuff” was on the bike. Chris, being the hot shit I think he is, probably thought about it for a millisecond and wrote, “Stupid White Paint.” That was it. You have to wonder why a guy who hates white paint so much would choose it for his bike, but then again, I’m sure there’s another story behind that too. For a man of few words, Chris has a lot of stories.
Baggers and bobbers and choppers oh my! That’s right, on January 20th at the Charlotte Convention Center there were some great custom bikes on display. Big wheels, awesome paint jobs, great seats and all around incredible American iron were in abundance.

2018 Easyriders Bike Show Tour─The Bikes Part Two

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Thursday, 15 February 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Baggers and bobbers and choppers oh my! That’s right, on January 20th at the Charlotte Convention Center there were some great custom bikes on display. Big wheels, awesome paint jobs, great seats and all around incredible American iron were in abundance.
Baggers and bobbers and choppers oh my! That’s right, on January 20th at the Charlotte Convention Center there were some great custom bikes on display. Big wheels, awesome paint jobs, great seats and all around incredible American iron were in abundance.
If you’re a die-hard motorcycle enthusiast and winter has got you jonesing for a little lifestyle fix, you can attend a number of Easyriders Bike Show Tour events around the country. My yearly fix takes place in January at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  

2018 Easyriders Bike Tour Show ─ The Scene Part One

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Saturday, 10 February 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
If you’re a die-hard motorcycle enthusiast and winter has got you jonesing for a little lifestyle fix, you can attend a number of Easyriders Bike Show Tour events around the country. My yearly fix takes place in January at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  

Does Loud Paint Save Lives?

Story By Geronimo Jones Photos By Jack “I’m Loud And Proud” Cofano Friday, 09 February 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 11 ]  | 
  See that paintjob? That’s no ordinary paint, but paint that’s wired to electrically light up with the flick of a switch. Turn it on, turn it off and you have two different paintjobs for all intents and purposes. No more of that lame under-tank LED stuff, this paint is wired to shock you with a real electrical glow worthy of a trip down the Vegas strip. Like the Starship Enterprise, Lumilor Electroluminescent Coating System’s paint goes where no paint has gone before. I’m still in a bit of a shock trying to get a grip on this unreal development so read on and see for yourself.

Metal Flake Masterpiece

Story By Tyler Durden Photos By Jack “Mr. Masterpiece” Cofano Thursday, 08 February 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
   Unlike a lot of custom bike freaks I am neither a lover or hater of big wheel baggers, I’m more of a liker. I like to look at them, I like to check out how everything works. I like the wild paintjobs they have. I like everything about them but owning one. That’s not a custom bagger slam as there are a lot of other styles of bikes I really like, but would in all probability never own. Maybe I’m just showing my extreme age, but being offended by somebody else’s dream machine was something I gave up on a long time ago.

Ken’s Factory GangStar Shovelhead

Story By Fidel Sassoon Photos By Jack “North Carolina Gangster” Cofano Wednesday, 07 February 2018 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.

I.C.E. Trakker Eastern Lowlife

Story by Greg Friend and Photos courtesy of Horst Rosler Monday, 05 February 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 25 ]  | 
Building a modern bike with a nostalgic feel isn’t a simple matter. A builder has to pick a period to emulate, design an overall look, and decide whether to build a new bike that looks old or build an old bike that looks new. Jeff Kessel, co-owner of Independent Cycle East, built a new bike with an old look to it. “The customer came in and asked for a bike with a board track racer feel combined with new technology. He didn’t want the bike to look complicated, it had to be clean,” Jeff said. He knew just what frame to use to accomplish the customer’s goals, an Independent Cycle Inc. LOWLIFE foundation. With a softail-style rear end and adjustable Legend Air Suspension, the LOWLIFE is comfortable on any road according to Jeff. Its seven-inch stretched and curved backbone supports a steering neck raked to 40-degrees to achieve a more aggressive stance. “I’ve built six bikes with LOWLIFE frames, the geometry is unbelievable. Ride a bike with one of these frames and you’ll see what I mean. Jesse Jurrens [the owner of Independent Cycle Inc.] really did his homework when he designed it,” Jeff said. Mixing nostalgia with a sleek new design, a Redneck Engineering springer was built 3” longer than a stock length front end to give the bike ideal trail for excellent handling. On top of the springer Jeff fabricated a pair of wide handlebars that he felt added to the board track racer appearance.

Beach Customs Inland Cruiser

Story By Tyler Durden Photos By Jack “Not Warm Yet” Cofano Saturday, 03 February 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
  For a lot of you, this could be your perfect custom bike. The one you dream about and build in your head over and over constantly making minute changes along the way as trends and styles can influence your “build.”  Well at least that’s my initial take on this very attractive bad boy all dressed-up in modern retro-style clothes. It’s comparable to a new Dodge Hellcat in looking retro, but looking right.

Ironhead Old School Chop

Story by Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Radio Silence” Cofano Friday, 02 February 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
So, you’re a diehard Old School freak, huh? I’m a traditionalist too and I can’t get enough of well done Old School builds whether they were from back in the day or just done yesterday. Like a well-worn set of Levis (or whatever), it’s a style that never ever goes out of style. Old School builds entice me in to look in every nook and cranny to see how things were done. When I run into a cool cat of a custom like this Harley-Davidson Sportster Ironhead chopper, I inspect more than look. Not critically either, I just want to understand and get a feel for the build.

Butcher Chop’s Purple Blast To The Past

Story By Jake Blake Photos By Jack “My Past Is Behind Me” Cofano Wednesday, 31 January 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
   At Barnett’s Magazine Online, we have lots of photo galleries that are defined according to a type or style of bike ranging from baggers to bobbers and everything else in between. Sometimes it takes a bit of brain matter to figure out where they might fit in the best as some bikes kinda overlap categories. With today’s feature bike, there wasn’t a millisecond of thinking involved ─ chopper. I mean if you asked somebody who was or wasn’t a motorcyclist to describe or maybe even draw a chopper and I guarantee you it will look like the profile of this bike. Well, maybe they’d be a few different details, but it would just as fantastically retrolicious as this straight out of the ‘60s and ‘70s chopper.

Sleek, Sexy And Smart Ultra Limited

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Same As Me” Cofano Tuesday, 30 January 2018 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.
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