Barnett's Magazine (Articles 1993)

Realizing The Dream

Story By Monk Pacheco Photos By Jack “I’m Living The Dream” Cofano Thursday, 23 February 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
   Judging by the response we get at Barnett’s Magazine Online whenever we put up a custom from the single-digit aughts of the 21st century TV choppers, there are still a majority of people wanting some from this crazy late model golden era of outrageous chops. Just when you think the long and long fat rear tire bikes that characterized what a modern custom was are just a note in chopper history, the audience for them still seems to be out there and strong as ever. I often wonder if it’s just chopper lust that never got fulfilled when these bikes were new and too pricey for most to afford. You know, people who had custom fantasies and a taste for the wild side of chopper TV, but were never able to afford it. But, it sure seems that a lot of them never lost the desire for that bike they wished they could’ve built and ridden through a sea of jealous admirers.

Misfit Industries Takes A Road Less Traveled

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “Been There, Done That” Cofano Wednesday, 22 February 2017 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
  I’m stymied. I’m completely stymied. Just when I think I’ve got a handle on things, it all changes. At least that’s what’s going on when I checked out this bike built by Chris Eder, owner of Misfit Industries in Addison, Texas. Misfit is at the leading edge of custom bagger building in the USA with a steady stream of parts and builds that are able to find their own path in a forest of custom shops catering to what’s hot and hopefully avoiding what’s not. Right off, I’ll admit I’m an unabashed fan of, well, everything I’ve seen come out of that shop located 15 miles due north of Dallas. I’m still stymied, though.

Hooligan Panhead On The Straight And Narrow

Story By Emile Berube Photos By Jack “At Least I’m Narrow” Cofano Monday, 20 February 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
   There’s an old British saying you’ve probably heard in passing but never gave it much thought or at least I didn’t. It goes like this ─ “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence in your shoe.” This little ditty I found out has to do with brides, weddings and other stuff I don’t know a lot about, but it fits perfectly here almost describing Ryan Gore’s mouthwatering retro-mod Harley-Davidson Panhead chop he built for the Artistry In Iron Show in Las Vegas to a tee. All of this took place in his shop in Grand Junction, Colorado, Paper Street Customs.

Parking Spot Sporty

By Buck Manning and photos by Kelly O’Dell Monday, 20 February 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 47 ]  | 
Just when you think it’s safe to read a motorcycle magazine and shield yourself from reality TV’s fascination with anything New Jersey related, along comes a customized Sportster from the Garden State. Unlike the over-the-top big hair, big makeup, big boobs, and extremely small brains featured on popular shows like Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Clifton, New Jersey’s Charlie and Kelly O’Dell’s homage to the ’57 Sportster is elegant, thoughtful, and a practical, everyday rider too. It’s the polar opposite of what Snooki the human Petri dish, table-flipping Teresa, or the Earl Scheib of makeup’s Olivia would design if they were bike builders. The O’Dell’s reworked Sportster called Kelly’s Classic proves that not everything associated with New Jersey is a tired TV stereotype of bad taste.

Flypaper Customs Steel Is Real Road King

Story By Jeff Spicoli Photos By Jack “All Man” Cofano Thursday, 16 February 2017 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
   Woo wee, now ain’t that something? This may just be the most aerodynamically sleek looking custom bagger Barnett’s Magazine Online has ever featured. If you haven’t already, go check out Jack Cofano’s always amazing photos and see for yourself what a different custom bagger trip is going on here. It’s so smooth and flowing you might not catch all the little details that make this a special custom bagger. I know this may sound a bit strange, but there’s some really sophisticated design going on here that sets this bagger apart from the usual big wheel fiberglass-enhanced custom baggers we often feature.

Elswick Machine’s Fabulous Flatty

Story By Fidel Sassoon Photos By Jack “I’m Fabulously Not Fat” Cofano Wednesday, 15 February 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 9 ]  | 
   One thing that hasn’t taken over in the Harley world (yet) is an overwhelming influx of purists that take great umbrage to customizing vintage bikes versus restoring them to better than they ever were new. Yeah, of course there are plenty around already and I feel for them in all their purity, but when it comes to Harleys, custom is still king. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing beautifully restored Harleys just like anyone else and appreciate all the work involved getting them up to concours snuff, but like too many concours bikes their days of actually spending time on the road is far behind them. Even limited use would be okay, but most of these vintage concours bikes are doomed to spend the rest of their motorcycle lives as static displays.

Absolute Custom Cycles Kandy Kane Road Glide

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Sweeter Than Candy” Cofano Tuesday, 14 February 2017 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
  The last thing I want to do is piss off a builder with an off-the-cuff remark that’s just my opinion. It’s easy to do in the World Wide Web we live in where a comment can often be interpreted in a completely different way than it was meant. When I first saw this custom bagger what immediately came to mind was ribbon candy. Oh, you know that vile stuff that no one eats more than one bite off at Christmastime and never touches again. What gets everybody to ever try it is that it’s so damn beautiful with color combos and a glossy candy finish you don’t find just about anywhere else. I wanted to use ribbon candy in the title, but I was hesitant to mention the connection to the worst tasting candy ever.

Big Things in a Small Package

By Buck Manning and photos by Jack Cofano Monday, 13 February 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 38 ]  | 
Sometimes engineering solutions are so amazingly simple it’s hard to believe nobody had thought of them before. The old “Why didn’t I think of that?” philosophy has had many incarnations in both the two and four-wheeled industries and none is more famous than what’s referred to as the big daddy of musclecars, the legendary Pontiac GTO of 1964. Up to this point, all the major auto manufacturers’ performance efforts had been focused on putting their biggest, baddest engine in their biggest cars. Pontiac’s chief engineer, the late John Z. DeLorean, and his team of engineers were working on hotting up a 326” mid-size Tempest for the coming 1964 model year when someone came up with the simple solution of bolting in an already higher-horsepower 389. from their full-size car line and the rest is history. Power to weight is the name of the game kids and Pontiac hit that nail on the head. Someone in that group of engineers must have thought “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Southeastern Customs’ Lowrider in Blue

By Peter LaFrance Photos by Jack “I saw blue for six hours once” Cofano Friday, 10 February 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 30 ]  | 
  You gotta love what builders ride. No, no, not those crazy rad bikes they hop on for a convenient photo op or the yearly group ride to Mt. Rushmore. I’m talking about the bike they have just for when they feel like riding a motorcycle just for the fun of it. It’s never ever what you’d expect when you finally see their equivalent of a daily ride, but take a little time to think about it and it makes sense. Is it 12-feet long with a temperamental 124 motor, a 300+ rear tire, barely a seat to speak of, and a one-gallon fuel tank? Absolutely not. Matter of fact, they’re usually not too much different than what you all probably are riding yourselves. Reliable, relatively comfy, and easy to maneuver custom motorcycles are (or should be) high on anyone’s riding enjoyment list including the most radical builders on the planet. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, it can be custom and it can be rideable.

KW Customs Street Glide In A Tux

Story By Norman Bates Photos By Jack “Living Large” Cofano Thursday, 09 February 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 11 ]  | 
   You’re looking at a rare beast. Yes it’s another example of a custom big wheel bagger with all the right stuff to compete in shows or just show off at a local watering hole, but with what I consider a major difference. Oh, if you look closely to find what I’m muttering on about, you’ve totally missed the point. It’s as simple a difference as it is a major difference and it probably wouldn’t apply to anything else but a custom bagger. Hey, I’ll stop the crap and get right to it. Here’s a hint, a strong hint, it’s the paint.

Rocket Bob’s Cycle Works’ Speed Weevil

Story By Tyler Durden Photos By Jack “A Winner Every Time” Cofano Wednesday, 08 February 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 30 ]  | 
  One thing is for sure if you’re ever going to attend the Artistry In Iron Show In Las Vegas and that is even the unexpected is unexpected. That leads to a lot of brain cells trying not to flame out when you run into something like this beyond-beyond, balls-out custom and winner of the Artistry In Iron. A never-guessed creation from the fertile imagination and skilled hands of Pete Pearson, owner of Rocket Bob’s Cycle Works in Swindon, Wiltshire, Great Britain. I don’t know about you, but I’m still in a bit of a shock seeing this build and trying to figure it out.

2017 Easyriders Bike Show ─ The Ladies

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Tuesday, 07 February 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
     “I wish they all could be Carolina girls.” That’s how the song goes as far as I’m concerned since all the pretty young ladies featured here were at the 2017 Easyriders Bike Show in Charlotte, North Carolina. They are officially deemed “Carolina girls.” I’m pretty sure it’s not official, but since I’m writing this article ─ Mr. Jack says so.
     This year’s Charlotte Easyriders Bike Show was loaded with every imaginable manner of motorcycle madness. There were bobbers and baggers, and vintage motorcycles, not only custom, but also restored. Throw in some custom cars and a couple of trikes and you’ve got yourself  a bike show.
     This year’s Charlotte Easyriders Bike Show was loaded with every imaginable manner of motorcycle madness. There were bobbers and baggers, and vintage motorcycles, not only custom, but also restored. Throw in some custom cars and a couple of trikes and you’ve got yourself  a bike show.
      This year’s Charlotte Easyriders Bike Show was loaded with every imaginable manner of motorcycle madness. There were bobbers and baggers, and vintage motorcycles, not only custom, but also restored. Throw in some custom cars and a couple of trikes and you’ve got yourself  a bike show.