Barnett's Magazine (Articles 2022)

Harleyluiah: A unique Belgium Custom from Motortechnica

Story by Sedrick C. Mitchell and photos by Sedrick C. Mitchell & Fritz Van Duinen Tuesday, 24 May 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 41 ]  | 
According to Luc “Barry” Debusschere and the Motortechnica crew of Oeselgem, Belgium, there are great advantages to turning an original Harley-Davidson motorcycle into an eyebrow raising street custom.  Just one look at their latest creation, “Harleyluiah,” can give anyone who owns a genuine original Milwaukee Iron machine new dreams and ideas when it comes to building their own machine.  The project started out as a new 2002 Harley Springer and owner Rudy Verlinden wanted a custom bike that was appealing and could be a serious competitor in any custom bike show.  But he also wanted it to be reliable when he gets out on the European roads for a couple of weeks and averages approximately 800 kilometers per day of hard riding.

Easyrider Sacramento 2005

Story by Rodent Tuesday, 24 May 2005 Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Story appeared in the May-June 2005 issue of Barnett's Magazine.

Easyriders V-Twin Show 2005

Story by Jack Cofano Tuesday, 24 May 2005 Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Story appeared in the May-June 2005 issue of Barnett's Magazine.

Cycle Boyz Shovelhead Bobber

Story by Mark Barnett and photos by Jim Atkinson Sunday, 24 April 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 54 ]  | 
This ultra sharp custom was put together by our friend Brent Law of Cycle Boyz out of Manitoba, Canada. Normally, Brent puts together leading edge, big motor, big tire, high-end customs. But his heart, and now the marketplace, are leaning towards old school bobbers. When asked why he likes older bikes, Brent explained that he was a little tired of having to worry about taking care of his $60K monsters. A normal relaxing ride was sometimes clouded up by concerns over rock chips in the paint, scratches, or other damage. The monster turning radius of a super custom was a pain during day to day riding and get this, Brent likes the power-to-weight ratio of the bobbers more than the absolute power of the monster motor customs.

Lucky Charm Choppers' Shovelhead

Story by Mark Barnett and photos by Patrick Simione Sunday, 24 April 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 18 ]  | 
They started with a Choppers Inc softail frame with six inches of stretch upwards and four out.   A 93” S&S shovelhead longblock was purchased and mounted.
Into custom bikes for over twenty years, Chopper City Customs’ Dave Welch opened his own store two years ago and is turning out show quality bikes.  And whoever said there’s nothing new under the sun hadn’t met Dave.  His shop’s specialty is taking stock Harley-Davidsons and making them into full customs.  He rakes and stretches the frames to the customer’s liking and then completes the bike to the same level of detail as any super custom.  These bikes retain their Harley titles and motors, though he can bump up the Twin Cam B’s all the way to 140 cubic inches if a buyer wants.  Several of these bikes are shown in his advertisement on page 41.  We plan to feature one in the near future.

Oddi Cycles the making of the Drop '05 Softail

Story by Diana Learn and photos by Dino Petroceli Sunday, 24 April 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 58 ]  | 
Frank Oddi has been involved with motorcycles his whole life.  As a kid he rode, tinkered, and customized, all of which eventually led to racing.  Working his “day job” as a contractor, Frank kept his passion alive staying involved in the racing industry and building a few bikes for himself.  In 2000, it was time for Frank to take his hobby to the next level; he applied for and received his Federal Manufacturing License.

MGS Teaser

Story by Mark Barnett and photos by Markus Cuff Sunday, 24 April 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 21 ]  | 
Built in five weeks by Mike Stafford of MGS Custom Bikes, this long and low custom has already had air time on Speedvision, American Thunder and a one hour special on the Travel Channel.  The Teaser was MGS’ entry in the Las Vegas Artistry and Iron Show and was one of only four bikes picked by the Travel Channel on their biker TV special.

Cycle Boyz Customs

Story by Mark Barnett and photos by Rudolf Klassen Sunday, 24 April 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 16 ]  | 
Brent and Derek Law are the CycleBoyz of Manitoba, Canada and this is one of the show stoppers that gets built during the long winters our northern neighbors endure.  This ultra trick custom started out with a basic 280 Softail frame which was extensively re-worked in house. With its modest 38 degree rake and 5 extra in the trees, the emphasis was placed on making it both good looking and rideable.  Mean Street 56mm inverted Stilleto forks were fitted and a pair of awesome Pro One Sinister wheels used with the inner blades painted to match the bike.

Dreamcraft Studios Saga

Story byEric Bass Photos by Alfonse Palaima Sunday, 24 April 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 99 ]  | 
Looking more like something you’d find in an underground bunker at Roswell’s Area 51 than trolling the streets of Los Angeles, Dreamcraft Studios’ Saga bike not only breaks new ground in custom design, it leaves a whopping impact crater behind it.

Black Magic Panhead

Story by Mark Barnett and Photos by Nate Ullrich Sunday, 24 April 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
Ready for some Old Skool Kool?  This customized 1948 Pan was built by old school devotees, Phil and Lynn Hoffman, of Black Magic Customs in Sandwich, Illinois.  Specializing in customizing and restoring older Harleys, the Hoffmans went to work on this ‘48 to make an everyday rider for Lynn.  The standard EL 1000cc motor was bumped up to 1193cc’s for extra power and a foot shifter and 12 volt electrical system helped modernize the old girl (the bike, not Lynn).  The bike retains its kick only starter but starts very easily every time.  Lynn was picking up a trophy recently at a bike show and while others pushed their bikes out of the auditorium, Lynn one-kicked hers and rode away.  Pretty impressive.

Steel Pony VII

Story by Rodent Thursday, 24 March 2005 Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Story appeared in the March-April 2005 issue of Barnett's Magazine.

Second Annual Gotham Motorcycle Show

Story by Rodent Thursday, 24 March 2005 Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Story appeared in the March-April 2005 issue of Barnett's Magazine.

Biketoberfest 2004

Story by Eric Bass Thursday, 24 March 2005 Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Story appeared in the March-April 2005 issue of Barnett's Magazine.

S3K '04 Laguna Seca

Story by Rodent Thursday, 24 March 2005 Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Story appeared in the March-April 2005 issue of Barnett's Magazine.