Barnett's Magazine (Articles 2052)

Rick's Place

Story by Rodent Wednesday, 24 August 2005 Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Story appeared in the August-September 2005 issue of Barnett's Magazine.

Laughlin River Run '05

Story by Rodent and Photos by Rodent & Penny Osisecki Wednesday, 24 August 2005 Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Story appeared in the August-September 2005 issue of Barnett's Magazine.

Chandler Originals Boardtrack Racer

Story by Mark Barnett and photos by Gus Jimenez-Digital Studio Monday, 08 August 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 36 ]  | 
At Daytona this year, our reporter called several times to let me know I had to run a special section on the bobbers built by Chandler Originals out of Lake Worth, Florida.  He said they were the going to be the next big thing.  Homing in on the $13,000 to $20,000 market, Chandler Originals works with shovels, pans, Evos, and Sportster motors.  One of his specialties is taking a customer’s Sportster and doing about $6K in modifications to it, leaving the customer with a custom bike that draws attention like the big buck bikes. All of Chandler’s display bikes at Daytona had been sold already and he too was happy with the reception his products received at the rally. Fortunately, we were able to get in touch with Adam Chandler and he told us about a boardtrack racer that he had just finished. 

Nir Gust's Screaming Yellow Monster

Story by Mark Barnett and photos by Rodent Monday, 08 August 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 9 ]  | 
Yeah, it’s a long title but this bike has a long story.  Nir Giist is one of those guys behind the scenes who helps create the giant rallies that have become the backbone of the custom bike business.  He sets up dozens of t-shirt booths at Daytona every spring and fall.  And recently he purchased Corbin’s building on Main street to sell clothing.  In fact, this bike will be on display there during the spring and fall rallies.  While in the clothing business for a long time, Nir is relatively new to bikes.  When he wanted one for himself, he turned to his friend Bill Lupo to get one made.  Bill also is one of the people behind the huge tents at the rallies, and in his tents you will find just about all the parts needed to build yourself a custom bike.  Bill’s internet parts business is called and he also has a couple of brick and mortar stores, one in Wisconsin and one at 200 Main Street in Daytona called Sturgis South.

Martin Brother's Slab Rider

Story by Mark Barnett, Photos by Monday, 08 August 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 36 ]  | 
Built by long time Martin Brothers’ employee Mark Juarez, this radical showbike with the signature cut out fenders, wide tire, flashy metal work, and Joe Martin paint job was supposed to be Mark’s daily rider.  But alas, as often happens in the custom bike world, it was bought by an anxious California buyer after just a couple of rides, leaving Mark back at square one, trying to get a bike of his own.

Darkness Within by Doug Keim

Story by Diana Learn and Photos by Dino Petrocelli Monday, 08 August 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 110 ]  | 
Sit back.  Relax.  Close your eyes.  Breathe deeply.  Clear your mind.  Are you there? Now, I want you to picture a motorcycle.  Make it a chopper, with a huge rake, and a super long front end.  Now add a stretched tank.  Can you see it?  Let’s give it a theme.  Maybe Spiderman, or a maybe a Dragon, with an insane paint job.  Do you have an image in your mind?  Can you see your bike?

Cad-22 A Knockout Streetfighter

Story by Sedrick C. Mitchell Monday, 08 August 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 40 ]  | 
The European bike builders continue to produce some of world’s most extravagant custom motorcycles.  In particular, many new builders are taking the industry to new levels with their extreme and creative ideas and designs.  A considerable number of these builders have set up one-man operations and are turning out machines that most would think only a large operation could produce.

Violator's Silent Scream

Story by Sedrick C. Mitchell Monday, 08 August 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
The land of tulips, windmills, canals, cheese, and legal sleeze continues producing some of the world’s most extreme V-Rods. Silent Scream is the latest custom V-Rod from builder Piet Hofman of Violator Motorcycles in The Netherlands.  This project is his sixth custom V-Rod undertaking and more are in the planning stages (check out last month’s issue of Barnett’s for two others).    

Mitch Bergeron's Discovery Bike

Story by Mark Barnett and Photos by John Wycoff& Frankie Teran Sunday, 24 July 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 29 ]  | 
This bike was not built for a customer, but for Mitch himself.  He was shooting for a “timeless” look, a bike that wouldn’t go out of fashion, even in ten years.  Mitch obviously likes choppers and made this frame himself, with the help of Ego Tripp who fashioned the billet piece for him.  At the same time, they were carving out the wheels Mitch had designed.

Prison City Choppers "Tribute Bike"

Story by Mark Barnett and photos by Leon M. Liss Sunday, 24 July 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 52 ]  | 
This super custom bike, put together by Joe Zolper of Prison City Choppers for customer Johnny Cox, was built in memory of a close friend of both men who passed away last year.  Their friend, Greg Favoright, was known as G Fave and the bike was designed with many features which Greg loved in bikes.  The project took PCC about eight months to complete.  They started with a PCC Kapone 280 softail style frame with six inches of stretch up, four out, and forty degrees of rake in the neck.  Another six degrees in the trees raised the total to forty six.  Phantom’s American Suspension forks with internal brake lines were fitted and the rubber was held by EPI Juno 3 wheels.

Daytona Bike Week '05

Story by Rodent Sunday, 24 July 2005 Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Story appeared in the July 2005 issue of Barnett's Magazine.

Kendall Johnson Chopper

Story by Mark Barnett and photos by Brad patton Friday, 08 July 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 23 ]  | 
Yes, this bike is fast, very fast.  That’s usually what comes to mind when the name, “Kendall Johnson” is mentioned in reference to a bike.  This War Eagle framed chopper, built for Lafayette Brazil, has the more complex of the two phases of Kendall’s hot rod 124” S & S motor.  Cammed up and with more attention given to the heads than the lowly phase one version, this KJC (Kendall Johnson Customs) monster puts about 145 horsepower to the rear wheel. That’s a good 20 to 35 more than the standard crate motor, depending upon whose brochure or whose dyno one reads.  High performance is Kendall Johnson’s business and whether one is building up a bike from parts or evicting a stock motor from a Harley-Davidson or Big Dog, these 124s are proven commodities.

The Cannonball: an Italian Bobber

Stiry by Sedrick C. Mitchell and photos by Horst Rosler Tuesday, 24 May 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 49 ]  | 
It’s amazing how the motorcycle custom market changes and meets the demands of people wanting something different.  The transitions are simply astonishing.  The machines go from a two-and-a-half gallon peanut tank to a six-gallon fatbob and then to a custom with no tank, or a 130 standard rear tire to a super-wide 330 hulk of rear end rubber, and you can be assured that the color and design schemes won’t fail to tilt the meter on the attention scale far into positive area.

Mad Creations: Resurrection

Story by Mark Barnett and Photos by Rodent Tuesday, 24 May 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 90 ]  | 
Building out of the cycle bastion of Daytona, Florida, Brian Boan and colleagues have come up with several original “theme” style bikes.  According to Brian, the idea behind such bikes is to demonstrate the shop’s metalworking, airbrushing and fabrication abilities.  Regular, high-end customs are also produced and are the bread and butter of his operation, but he can’t resist the shows.  The blue monster pictured here got 2nd at the Daytona Rat’s Hole Show last year and has been successful in European shows as well. Brian started out with a Brighton frame raked out to 45 degrees with Ness trees and forks.  Internal clutch and throttle controls helped keep the top of the bike clean.  On the right side, both brakes are operated by the foot pedal, with a Willwood proportioning valve used to split the pressure between wheels.  To eliminate further clutter, Brian had the fuel run through the frame, so the fittings exiting the frame and feeding the dual, dual Webers would be short and straight. Keeping with the theme of an absolute minimal number of mechanical pieces showing, the oil tank was incorporated into the back fender and an extra space next to it used to enclose the bike’s electrics.  No starter switch or key is necessary, the bike starts with the push of a button on a key fob.  A K-Tech sprotor set up was fitted on back to lower the number of parts on the rear wheel.  The bike is powered by an S&S 107” engine turning a 280 Metzeler through a Baker RSD tranny and Hi-Tech primary. What separates Mad Creations from the pack is the large amount of work done in house.  The paint was handled by in house painter Josh Kohler, the assembly by Adam Stevens, and the airbrushing by Brian Boan.  Brian was most proud of the metal fenders fabricated by welding dozens and dozens of small pieces together to “bring them to life.”  Only the alligator and sting ray seat was farmed out, it was handled by Alligator Bob of Florida. This custom took about six months to build and is available for sale from the current owner right now.  You can contact Mad Creations at 307-875-7294 or check them out on the web at SPECIFICATIONS Builder: Brian Boan, Mad Creations Assembly: Adam Stevens, Brian Boan, Josh Koehler Bike Name: Resurrection Frame: 45° rake Brighton frame, modified Engine: 107" S&S Transmission: Baker RSD 6-speed Primary: Hi-Tech Coils: Nology Carburation: dual, dual Webers Handlebars: Mad Creations Pipes: Mad Creations Fenders: Mad Creations Metalwork: Mad Creations Airbrushing: Mad Creations Paint: Mad Creations Seat: Alligator Bob Rear Tire: 280 Metzeler Wheels: Eurocomponents Forks: Ness with Ness Trees Rear Brake: K-Tech Sprotor For Sale? Yes, contact Brian at Mad Creations, 307-875-7294
Someone is having too much fun.  And that collective someone is Big Bear Choppers.  Located a couple hours east of Los Angeles, Kevin and Mona Alsop burst onto the scene just a few short years ago and together they have revolutionized the kit bike business.  Enthusiasm, true biker knowledge and business savvy  have put them at the top of the heap in the build-your-own custom bike world. Their enthusiasm is visible in their ad campaigns which feature photographs of their own customers’ completed bikes.  It also surfaces in the annual rally they put together encouraging L.A. area riders to spend a weekend in the mountains with the Alsops.