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My Kind Of Softail

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Tread Milling It” Cofano Friday, 23 June 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
One thing that’s surprised me quite a bit lately are the lack of custom Harley-Davidson Softails or even aftermarket frame Softails. These were once the absolute darling of ground-up builders as well as Motor Company-based builds as well as all the “custom production bike builders” like Big Dog, Titan, what have you. Somewhere along the way they just quietly disappeared from the market including Harley’s models other than the occasional Heritage Classic that I see. Baggers and bobbers have ruled the custom world with no signs of abating soon. 

Custom Sporty On The Down-Low

Story By Peter LaFrance Photos By Jack “Bye-Bye My Ancient Sportster” Cofano Thursday, 22 June 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
   Not everybody is rolling in dough these days even though things have been on the up and up economically for a while now. Sometimes things just run a bit tight now for a lot of us who do their best to get by, but aren’t flush with cash or credit as they once were. Just because you don’t have access to huge funds doesn’t mean you can’t have a custom bike that’ll bring on the eyeballs while actually functioning as daily transportation. Sure, some of it may come down to how much work you (or your friends) are capable of, but even then there are ways to build a hot rod runabout you’d be proud to call your own.

A Day At The Beach Trike

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Not Stepping Outside Until September” Cofano Wednesday, 21 June 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
   There you are sitting in the sand with more sand blown up all around you by the ocean wind giving you a light, even coating like a piece of fried chicken on top of your newly applied sun block. With no room to spare on your Harley, you’ve come to the beach in the most minimalist way possible. You, a towel and something to drink. Hey, it’s still cool in its own strange way, but a little more comfort and accommodation would go a long way.

Two For One Road Glide

Story By Geronimo Jones Photos By Jack “I’ll Take Two” Cofano Tuesday, 20 June 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
  Even if you’re not a big shopper of which I have to plead guilty, a two-for-one sale will always grab your attention. Paying the price for one thing and getting another just for the hell of it always appeals to even the non-shoppers. Can you imagine the astute shoppers that would come out of the woodwork if Harley-Davidson announced a twofer? The crowds forming outside Barnett Harley-Davidson or any other dealer would not be able to be controlled as even any police detail would be short with any officers standing in line to get their two-fer. Well that’s a fantasy for sure, but the two-for-one Road Glide you’re looking at is the real deal.


Story By Sandy Ferris Photos By Jack “No It Ain’t” Cofano Sunday, 18 June 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 9 ]  | 
     Not only is it a Road King, but it’s a 2016 Harley-Davidson Road King. The real thing, but it isn’t anymore as far as I’m concerned after the crew at Misfit Industries in Addison, Texas, got their hands on it. Mercy me, there’s not a bag in sight for one thing and there’s a damn good reason for that as it’s a showcase for Misfit Industries Patent Pending new monoshock rear suspension and revised bolt-on frame section to accommodate the whole kit and caboodle of parts. Man, that’s a mouthful, but so isn’t the idea of converting a touring frame to a Softail or café monoshock version.

Ya Gotta Love What Todd’s Been Up To

Story By Fidel Sassoon Photos By Jack “What’s That Smell?” Cofano Friday, 16 June 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
  Some builders’ bikes become more than just one more custom ─ they become a brand cementing a look that you can tell who built it in a nanosecond or so. For example, picture an Indian Larry or an Exile Cycles build in your head and you’ll know what I’m trying to get at. There’s a definite distinctive-style going on, but no two bikes are the same. But you know one when you see one. There’s nothing wrong with that at all as it’s not just doing the same thing over and over, but it’s an aesthetic that the builders truly live by. And just because I said they become a brand, it’s got nothing to do without selling out. They build what they see in their head and trends have nothing to do with it.

Bad Ass Bolt-On Custom Bagger

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Smoke Out Bound” Cofano Thursday, 15 June 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
    Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in all the hubbub of what constitutes a custom bagger these days. Does it really need a 30-inch front wheel and bulbously beautiful bodywork to be classified as a true custom or have we just got jaded if we see anything less? Does it need to drop to its knees anytime it’s parked? Does it have to have an audio system good enough for a concert hall? Yeah, maybe, it does if you’re first priority for your bagger is the show circuit, but that’s not what everyone is after in a custom bagger. A lot of people want good looks matched with custom bits and pieces that will make them stand out from the crowd, but still want the everyday rideability/go anywhere traits of why they bought it in the first place. 

Bill Dodge Panhead Perfecta

Story By Emile Berube Photos By Jack “High Cranking Amperage” Cofano Wednesday, 14 June 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
     Oh man, here we go again dancing a fine line between getting Barnett’s Magazine Online’s pixel boy, Jack Cofano, upset over previous Bling’s Cycles’ article with a totally fabricated (by me) title declaring Jack to be a Bling’s fanboy extraordinaire and telling the truth. As usual, the truth does not matter so I’ll let Jack-O off the hook and say he’s just a “fan” of Bling’s Cycles and leave it at that. Except there is that little thing of his about all-white bikes and he does love a good manly chopper that will get him noticed by all the ladies and this stunningly clean Panhead fits the bill on all counts. There, I’ve made my official apology but I’m not convinced.

Truly Trick Tri Glide Ultra

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Sweltering Mid-Atlantic Heat” Cofano Tuesday, 13 June 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
   So you’ve finally got your Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra and it’s a local knockout until you happen to be riding along one day and see yourself coming down the road in the opposite direction. It’s you, but it’s not. All of a sudden, the “uniqueness” of your triple wheel Harley isn’t quite so special anymore. Yeah, I know you paid a shipload for the privilege of getting back into the wind again on a Harley trike, but somehow it’s just not the same. So, as the old saying goes, what’s a boy to do? Well if you’re like every Harley rider who’s faced this dilemma before, you load up the money gun and get prepared to empty clip after clip until you’ve got a one-off dreamboat you can call your own.

Two Dual-Chain Final Drive Bobbers In One Week?

By Jeff Spicoli Photos By Jack “Can You Expect Less From Me?” Cofano Sunday, 11 June 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 14 ]  | 
 Yes it is true – two dual-chain/sprocket bobbers in one week, but they couldn’t be farther apart even though they share a bunch of similarities. How’s that for confusing? No surprise there as one is obviously a pretty showbike while the other is a pretty hardcore road bike. Both builders came up with a dual-chain final drive solution for transmitting power to the rear wheel and I have to admit I don’t know exactly why other than they just thought it would be a cool solution to whatever problem their mind’s eye decided was necessary.

Performance Machine’s Do-It-Yourself Dyna

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “I’m My Best Friend” Cofano Friday, 09 June 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
  Leave it to Performance Machine to build a bike just for you Dyna freaks that you can actually build for yourself. Yes sir, that’s exactly what you’re gazing at here that, surprise-surprise, is a showcase for a host of PM goodies that are possible to bolt-on to your Dyna whether en masse or on a pick and choose basis. Either way, you’ll come out ahead as Performance Machine has more than just a solid reputation in the industry; they’ve been part of the backbone of the aftermarket for what seems like an eternity now. That they can produce a lightly customized, but completely endearing FXDB that instantly grabs your attention makes for a perfect factory showcase of PM’s many aftermarket bips and bobs. 

1953 Harley KR ─ When Old School Was New School

Story By Geronimo Jones Photos By Jack “I Laugh At Your Weather” Cofano Thursday, 08 June 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
  First off, no, this is not a custom street tracker or a custom in any way as we think of now, but a factory custom from 1953. It’s also one of Harley’s least known models that often gets mixed up with Sportsters even though that model wasn’t due to debut until 1957. Back in 1952 Harley-Davidson introduced the new sporty K model to go head to head with the British bikes that were invading America at the time with many of the same innovations they brought with them. Oh, you know, things like suspension at both ends of the bike, light weight, good handling and the newest Harley-Davidson “innovation” of unitized engine construction with the engine and gearbox as one. Triumph, BSA, Norton, Matchless were put on notice that The Motor Company was not going to let this invasion go unanswered. 
             Of all my stops each year, the Myrtle Beach rallies are the hardest spots to find custom bikes for my coverage. The main reason being, that there are no major bike shows in the area. Even though there is no shortage of bikes around, it’s just very hard to photograph bikes in a parking lot.

John Stanley’s 1976 FLH Shovelhead Custom

By Buck Manning Photos by Jack “They’re Always After Me Lucky Charms” Cofano Sunday, 04 June 2017 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 23 ]  | 
   John Stanley of Leland, North Carolina, got to do what many of us can only fantasize about. Doing something totally unexpected for good ol’ dad like finishing the bike he never quite got around to building. But first, there’s a little history involved as to how this all came about. “I was raised on motorcycles, custom cars and hot rods [be sure to check out the photo gallery for some very cool old photos of John and his dad]. When I was a kid I had dirt bikes and we had the FLH and another Harley FL which was an old police bike,” said John. “The bike started out as my dad’s 1976 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide with the standard 74” Shovelhead with drag pipes and an Electron carb. My dad, Butch Stanley, ended up with an injury and the FLH, after a few rounds of tequila, ended up sitting for five years in about five boxes under a tarp with the intent of rebuilding it until the late ‘90s when I talked my dad into selling it to me.”
            Of all my stops each year, the Myrtle Beach rallies are the hardest spots to find custom bikes for my coverage. The main reason being, that there are no major bike shows in the area. Even though there is no shortage of bikes around, it’s just very hard to photograph bikes in a parking lot.