Barnett's Magazine (Articles 1965)

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.

Smokin’ Smoke Out Shovel

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “Uomo Di Molte Virtù” Cofano Tuesday, 25 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
Every year I can’t wait for The Horse Backstreet Choppers Smoke Out Rally even though I’ve never been to it. But, our intrepid photographer, Jack Cofano, always does and brings back wonderful photos of bikes built by owners who don’t give a damn about any newfangled trend. They build the bikes the way they see them in their head with imagination, old parts and usually extremely good taste. Possibly the best part is that there’s not a big-wheeled peacock bagger within a hundred miles of the Smoke Out camp. The bikes are just cool, often Old School, and have the ability to never get lost in a crowd. Plus they’re all riders of one sort or another. You can’t ask for more than that. 

Is This A Harley?

Story By Monk Pacheco Photos By Jack “Like Schultz, I Know Nothing” Cofano Sunday, 23 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 14 ]  | 
  That questionable title question may seem silly or even a bit stupid to you as it looks like a Harley, so it must be a Harley, right? But is it a Harley? What was it before it got a makeover of makeovers? Is it a customized Road Glide? Oh that’s a lot of questions and the best part is that I don’t really even have the answers, but I do have questions. And, like you, probably only guesses. Educated (so to speak) guesses, but guesses nonetheless.

Man-O-Man! What’s Not To Love?

Story By Geronimo Jones Photos By Jack “Off On A Tangent” Cofano Friday, 21 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
Answer to the above question: Nothing. This striking chop Barnett’s numero uno photo guy and man-on-the-town, Jack Cofano, captured with his Nikon at the recent Smoke Out 18 is a looker and a goer and an all-round fun to ride and be seen on bike. Someone and I do mean someone, as we don’t know who built it, came up with their own take of what a custom bike means to them and they at least pulled all the right heartstrings of what I think is not only wicked cool, but just right. Good enough for a show as long as you could ride it there. This is a damn good looking street bike with the heart of a dragster.

Austin Martin Originals Hot Rod Bonneville Bobber

Austin Martin Originals Hot Rod Bonneville Bobber Thursday, 20 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
The older you get the more you realize your mind is not your friend. It’s like having a bully living inside your head whose only purpose is to screw with everything you know (or think you know). For me personally, on a motorcycle level (which is actually where I spend all my time) it’s not a matter of forgetting but a subtle rearranging of the facts until I start to wonder what is really true. Take this bike, for example, I see it and immediately think Old School without trying or wanting to. It just is. But, out of all the Triumph choppers and bobbers I saw back in the day, not one ever, ever, looked this good or probably worked as good too. 
All year I take photos of custom motorcycles and love every minute of it, but I also like to hit some of the custom car shows when I can. A vast majority of the custom motorcycle builders featured in the numerous bike shows throughout the country also build custom cars. As a matter of fact, many started out in the auto industry.
All year I take photos of custom motorcycles and love every minute of it, but I also like to hit some of the custom car shows when I can. A vast majority of the custom motorcycle builders featured in the numerous bike shows throughout the country also build custom cars. As a matter of fact, many started out in the auto industry.

One Wild And Crazy Ride

Story By Russ T. Jones Photos By Jack “One Wild And Crazy Guy” Cofano Sunday, 16 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
  Ah, the bikes of Smoke Out. They’re their own indefinable category yet they have a common ground of imagination and outrageousness tempered with actually being riders. Often the rider is also the builder and it’s not a profession, but an obsession carried out late at night in garages all over America. They’re not catalog builds, but customs made from pieces and parts scrounged up at the best price and re-purposed into a one-of-a-kind motorcycle that follows no unwritten rules or trends. That’s what makes them so cool as you don’t know what to expect and if you think you do, you’ll be disappointed. 

Workin’ For The Weekend Softail

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “Every Day’s A Weekend” Cofano Friday, 14 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
  One thing I love doing is perusing Barnett Magazine Online’s photo gallery filled with shutterbug Jack Cofano’s photo galleries. It’s fun to cruise through and see bike after gorgeous bike of all different styles and that makes it a bit daunting to choose one for an article. I always end up picking something that fits my mood at the moment more than anything. Sometimes it’s just on sheer looks alone like a paintjob that’s so striking I can’t stop looking at it while lots of bikes get to me because they look like fun to ride. Today my pick is really influenced by a week of rainy weather that makes me giddy to get on a bike and do some riding. Actually just some cruising around and hopefully enjoy the supposedly sunny and warm weather ahead.  

Chico’s Customs Breaking All The Rules

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Been There-Done That” Cofano Thursday, 13 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
Yeah, I’m completely aware there are no rules for custom motorcycles, but there are surely categories of bikes that usually require certain standards like baggers with air suspension, non-stock bodywork, wicked audio systems, and, of course, big front wheels. Sometimes, though, a bike comes along that doesn’t fit into any of our so-called standards and kinda makes me wonder what the builder was going for. But, it becomes instantly clear that what the builder was going for was a custom motorcycle, his custom motorcycle and all the easily fallen into categories be damned. 

Sweet Show And Street Sporty

Story By Lothar E. O’Rielly Photos By Jack “LOL” Cofano Wednesday, 12 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
   Okay, okay, I’ll admit I was a little taken aback when I first saw this custom blue dazzler of a Sportster. Obviously the use of similar-sized, very tall and skinny wheels, even more accentuated by the striking wheel design, is not something you run into much anymore ever since the board tracker craze ran its course. Nope, I didn’t get board track vibes until I thought about it and then I decided it wasn’t the intention. No sir, there’s a whole design theme going on here by our mystery builder that leaves the board track on the track. It’s a shockingly different design (and possibly alienating for some) that brings a fresh look to the table with thoughtful yet imaginative design.

Rock-N-Roll Road Glide

Story By Geronimo Jones Photos By Jack “Still Rockin’ Every Day” Cofano Tuesday, 11 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
  There are certainly a lot of mysteries in life and most of them will go unanswered. Sometimes, though, it’s possible to give an answer to the unanswerable like the question on most peoples’ minds and that is, “What kind of bike would the late and great king of rock ‘n’ roll, the one, the only, Mr. Elvis Presley ride today?” I know the answer and I’m completely sure of it after a couple of trips through Graceland and working a party in Elvis’ Palm Springs home where I got to sneak through the house. Yes sir, Elvis-the-pelvis would have a fleet of big wheel baggers at his disposal if he was still capable of taking care of business. They’re, big, flashy and a rolling show-boat just like the man himself.

Manolis Harvalias Custom Heritage Springer

Story By Monk Pacheco Photos By Jack “Thanks For Leaving Me Alone” Cofano Sunday, 09 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
   After a steady diet of wild big wheel baggers and radical show bikes, it’s time to take a break from the outrageous and post something that’s a lot more like what our readers ride on their motorcycle journeys in the real world. Actually, it’s kinda nice just checking out one of my favorite Harleys of all time and the tastefully customized Heritage Springer belonging to Manolis Harvalias of Burlington, North Carolina, could be the perfect example of what goes on when a dead stock Harley just won’t do. 

Barnyard Baggers Farm Fresh Street Glide

Story By Russ T. Jones Photos By Jack “Hope It Doesn’t Smell Farm Fresh” Cofano Friday, 07 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
   One thing that always comes up in any discussion (especially online) about big wheel custom baggers is whether they’re strictly a show bike or can they be ridden on the street? My answer to that question is “could be” and “maybe” although I definitely can say “can be.” Like every custom bike you see it depends on whether it’s done the show circuit and who owns it. No matter what it always comes back to the owner. That’s it in a nut shell as far as I can see. Maybe it’s not the interstate tourer it once was but that doesn’t mean an owner with a penchant for getting attention can’t use it as a knock-around bike. Obviously big wheel custom baggers are all about showing off a bit and if that’s what the owner wants, it’s fine by me. 
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