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Barnett's Magazine (Articles 2011)
Story by Mark Barnett and photos by Dino Petrocelli Photography Monday, 24 January 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 109 ] |
Believe it or not, this OCC theme bike will be on its way to your neighborhood very soon. Unfortunately, no show was filmed around it but Sam’s Club plans to take the bike store-to-store and display it for all you bike freaks out there buying twenty pound packages of bacon and six packs of adult-sized boxes of Grape Nuts. Checking out this chopper sure beats hanging out at the little café at Sam’s now doesn’t it?
Joe Zolper of Prison City Choppers in Joliet, IL built this 280 rear tire chopper several months before the big Metzler was available across the USA. Obtaining the tire in a nonstandard but legal and effective manner, he manufactured one of his Kapone frames around it. With 40 degrees of rake in the frame, six more in the trees and six inches stretch upward and four out, this is yet another bike that won’t fit on standard length trailers. So it looks like you’ll just have to ride it to the rally. The 10” over American Suspension forks hold the last black billet rim from Speedpoint in Germany. The matching rear wheel is also out of production so an exact copy of this bike will be difficult.
Story by Mark Barnett Thursday, 20 January 2005 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 102 ] |
Wayne Barretto of Bad Island Toyz in Hawaii built up this super custom using parts from Doug Keim’s Creative Cycles in New Jersey. Wayne specializes in ultra high end bikes and has built up other bikes using top builder’s components. Wanting a bike for himself, Wayne paid special attention to rideability and design, not just looks. Doug Keim’s Icon chassis is built for a 250 tire yet only offsets the motor 1 1/8” not the usual 2 to 2 1/4 inches. The result is a bike that tracks straight and doesn’t require a constant tug at the bars while cruising the highway. Doug Keim also prides himself on getting the geometry of his chopper correct to give riders the gentle handling (but not the turning radius) of a standard Harley-Davidson softail. Easy fitment and alignment of the transmission, a super strong swingarm, and high quality welds set the Icon chassis apart as well.
Story by Diana Learn and photos by Michael Lichter Wednesday, 24 November 2004 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ] |
Kim Suter and KC Creations are names that have been floating around the industry for a long time. Based in Kansas City, Kim Suter and his crew have been building custom bikes for over 10 years. Late in 2002, Kim took his business a step further by creating a custom/production line of bikes under the name Big Inch Bikes Mfg. The line was introduced with 3 models, the 2-Lo (pro-street), the Top Gun Chopper and the Saturday Night Special (affordable, yet loaded). Big Inch Bikes have been immensely popular and have really created momentum for KC Creations.
Story by Mark Barnett and photos by Jack Cofano Wednesday, 24 November 2004 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 16 ] |
Proving that you don’t have to be on one of America’s coasts to design and build an original and creative chopper, Mike Phillips and his crew at Sharp Ride in Johnson City, Tennessee put together this long and low machine. With help in design from brother Bill, Mike pieced together this Amen framed, S&S 124” powered, raked out custom and sold it right away. With seven degree trees, the total rake of the bike registers 53 degrees giving it the super long and low appearance. Adjustable ride height is provided by a Progressive Air shock system using two buttons under the gas tank to raise and lower the bike. A Baker six speed and Rivera primary belt handle the power transmission chores and dual Mikunis the carburation.
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