Barnett's Magazine (Articles 2023)

So Who Is This Guy Or Gal?

Story By Alvoris Vambrosio Photos By Jack “It Ain’t Me Babe” Cofano Friday, 08 December 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
   Everybody’s got bikes that catch their eye for reasons that are totally unknown especially since it’s not a style or type that’s on their favorite’s list. Sometimes it’s just a striking color or an engine we lust after, but there are a few that just grab you and make you check it out a lot longer than something else in the same category. This is one of those bikes for me and it’s not for the usual reasons. In this case I’m more interested in the owner/builder aspect. Don’t know exactly why, just am. 

Shades of Blue

Story and photos by Jack Cofano Wednesday, 06 December 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 50 ]  | 
Let me start off by saying that I am honored to be writing up a couple of bikes in this issue built by two of the most genuine, positive, down to earth individuals I have met in my five years with Barnett’s. I have been privileged to know Dale Walksler (See ‘36 VEL in this issue) for a few years. But in the past few months I have also had numerous occasions to meet and chat with Lee Wimmer, owner of Wimmer Performance in Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina, the builder of Shades of Blue…one class act.

Aftercycles Extraordinary South Of The Border Road King

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Tequila Is My Best Friend” Cofano Tuesday, 05 December 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
Slurping down my first sip of black coffee as my computer fires up quicker than my sleepy composition does, I check my email and happen to notice one from my boss and longtime friend, Mark Barnett. It’s one of those sent in the middle of the night which makes me wonder if he ever sleeps so I immediately open it and read. It’s a short demanding message seeking info on a single photo of a bike attached. It was one shot included in with many others of the bikes doing the Hot Bike Magazine Tour and he demanded to see more of this particular one. Unfortunately Barnett’s photo guy, Jack Cofano, hadn’t loaded a gallery of this bike yet so no can do ─ until now.

Led Sled Customs – Your One-stop Sporty Shop

By Buck Manning Photos by Jack “Hey I’ve got a Sportster” Cofano Monday, 04 December 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
     If you’re into custom bikes or custom lifestyles, you probably already know about Led Sled Customs out of Dayton, Ohio. But, if you’re into Sportsters and I mean really into Sportsters, you definitely know about Led Sled. They probably are the motorcycle equivalent of Sportsters ‘R Us if there ever was one and that’s a good thing. Sportsters, like any Harley, can be as screaming cool or as sh*tty sh*tass as you can make them. It’s all up to you ─ your imagination, your talent, your budget, your dream. And that could include the nice fellows at Led Sled Customs, liked owner Patrick “Pat” Patterson who just might cater to your every whim as long as it doesn’t disgust them. Hey, just because Led Sled loves Sportys doesn’t mean they have to love every single one.

RA Custom Motorcycles Evolution Pan

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “I’m Winking At You” Cofano Saturday, 02 December 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 3 ]  | 
   You gotta love a guy like Rob Adams of RA Custom Motorcycles in Hamilton, New Jersey, who’s kind of a one-man-show building phantom Panhead choppers on his own late into the night. Rob does a serious bit of everything there from engine work to, well, whatever he’s got to do to turn out some very good looking rides with the best accessory of all ─ license plates. They’re all real world custom bikes with a million-dollar style to people who want to ride it as well as look at it. 

Hoosier Daddy Choppers White Trash Chop

Story By Fidel Sassoon Photos By Jack “See You In The Spring” Cofano Thursday, 30 November 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 9 ]  | 
Every bike’s got a story behind it and this striking white board track/bobber built by Jon Shipley of Hoosier Daddy Customs in Bloomfield, Indiana, is no exception. Apparently the wheels began to roll after winning the Modified Harley class at the Harley-Davidson Museum’s 110th Anniversary Show. There were two perks Jon got besides winning the class, the first was a Screamin’ Eagle Pro 120R engine and the other was having the legendary former head of Harley styling and all-around cool guy, Willie G. Davidson, present it to him. But that’s not the end of the story as you might have guessed.   

Kendall Johnson Customs 236HP Killer Klown

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “I’m Moving To The Mountains” Cofano Wednesday, 29 November 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
  If you want to get the undivided attention of Barnett Harley-Davidson’s GM, Mark Barnett, all you have to do is say two words ─ Kendall Johnson. Mark Barnett is a busy, busy guy with too much on his mind, but say those two words and he’s eagerly waiting to hear anything and everything that follows. Mark, like the rest of the Barnett family, is a horsepower junkie and nothing says 45-degree air-cooled V-twin horsepower better than Kendall Johnson Customs in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. No matter what they build, it’s got more dyno-proven power than anything else like it. If you don’t believe me, just ask Mark. He’ll drop everything and straighten you out.

Southeastern Customs Gangreen Time Machine

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Green Around The Gills” Cofano Tuesday, 28 November 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 18 ]  | 
  Some builders like the builder of this bike, Rodney Smith of Southeastern Customs in Supply, North Carolina, you just gotta love ‘em. Rodney builds what he wants regardless of any trends and never does the same thing twice. He’s a hot rodder at heart as well as a motorcycle freak and the crossover skills from restoring and modifying American iron have given him a different outlook on what he likes in a custom bike. Whether it’s his Shelby Cobra trike or his personal everyday Shovelhead custom, the man’s got his own vision and he’s not afraid. Two great attributes any builder should have and old Rodney’s got ‘em in spades. 

Jasper & Company’s Retro-Mod Road King

Story By Geronimo Jones Photos By Jack “It’s Good To Be King” Cofano Monday, 27 November 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
   After checking out this surprisingly stunning Harley-Davidson Road King makeover by the lads at Jasper & Company Restorations and in North Plains, Oregon, I wasn’t sure what to call this style of bike other than extremely pleasing to the eye. In a time of custom baggers getting nuttier than ever with each new build, this olive and cream bagger is like taking a restful time out and getting back to what and where this all began in the first place. I can see something like this retro-mod style possibly catching on with riders who like vintage Harleys, but love the features, power, and reliability of late model Motor Company rides. It’s the best of both worlds and a neat take of individualizing a Road King without breaking the bank too.

Dan Rollins Kustoms Metal Fettling Road King

Story By Tyler Durden Photos By Jack “Thank You” Cofano Wednesday, 22 November 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 9 ]  | 
Hey all you big wheel bagger haters, before you go all crazy and just write this off as one more custom big wheel bagger, take a closer look. There is a lot more going on here than meets the eye. As for you big wheel bagger lovers, there’s quite a different approach being taken leaving off possibly the most important element a radical big-wheel bagger offers, the paintjob. 


Story and Photos by Rodent Tuesday, 21 November 2017 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 16 ]  | 
While wandering around Durango during the Labor Day run I spotted a weird V-twin motorcycle that looked sort of familiar. Then a guy walks up to me and starts telling me about the many years he's owned the bike up in Grand Junction, Colorado, and the restoration process it took to make it into a reliable ride.

Stock Is The New Custom

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Not In My Book” Cofano Monday, 20 November 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
You know it’s funny how perception changes with time. When I was a real young kid I thought all Harleys were black except for the over-the-top, fully-lit-up dressers I’d see rolling through town at night on the way to Cape Cod for the weekend. But then I don’t remember seeing too many of them in the ‘50s that weren’t old Boston Police bikes (probably all Flatties) sold at auction, bobbed just a bit and painted flat black or maybe they were just bad gloss black paint jobs. Somehow I associated stock with those Christmas tree dressers and stock would never do for me. They just weren’t tough enough for a young kid.

The Unknown Road King

Story By Alvoris Vambrosio Photos By Jack “I Wish I Was” Cofano Friday, 17 November 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
Like so many custom bikes we feature from shows where our photo lad, Mr. Jack Cofano, cannot find out who built or owns the custom bike he’s photographing, this one is also Unknown. But, as you might have noticed, I spelt unknown with a capital U and theoretically that’s incorrect except that it isn’t. The radical Road King you’re staring at was built by Unknown Customs in Gainesville, Georgia, with Greg Wingo at the helm. So, what are the odds of one more unknown custom bike built by somebody we know? Apparently pretty good I guess. 

1:1 Scale Hot Wheels Harley

Story By Geronimo Jones Photos By Jack “I’m All Alone And Happy” Cofano Wednesday, 15 November 2017 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
Sometimes I feel like I’ve been left out of what most motorcycle riders’ memories of their youth involved things like collecting Mattel’s Hot Wheels and customizing Schwinn Stingrays. I never had any of that stuff as a kid. Not because my parents wouldn’t let me have them, but  because they hadn’t been introduced until I was way past having any interest in them. I was just about to get my first motorcycle when Stingrays came out in 1963. I had my own set of Hot Wheels when they came out in 1968 but mine had a V-twin engine, a real V-twin engine, so 1/64 scale models of funky cars or motorcycles held zero interest for me at the time. As you can easily surmise, I am an old dude.

Another One Bites The Dust

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Story Of My Life” Cofano Tuesday, 14 November 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
Just like Queen’s famed chorus everybody knows, another Buell bites the dust. Surprising actually is that there are any left still basically stock as early steel-framed Buell were the donor bike of the early and mid 2000s. I mean, how could you beat dirt cheap, premium components and loads more power than a Harley-Davidson Sportster for a price less than just a Sporty motor by itself?