Barnett's Magazine (Articles 2011)

Knuckle with a Twist

By Buck Manning and photos by Steve Deitz/SharpImageStudios.com Model - Lindsie Varva Tuesday, 24 October 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 31 ]  | 
Calling somebody’s custom bike derivative could be a good way to see how quickly they can rearrange your facial features. Everybody’s pride and joy is their pride and joy even if it’s a blatant copy of some other builder. Like any form of art or music, it’s hard not to be influenced or even possessed by what’s been produced by others before you. The thing that can be funny about this (at least to me anyway) is that some people could make a (insert builder’s name)-influenced custom so  exact that it looks like an authorized clone while they deny being influenced by that builder or that they just don’t see what you’re talking about. Others, like Steve Peffer of Steel City Choppers in Butler, Pennsylvania, could care less and take a potentially volatile comment like “You seem to be influenced by Indian Larry. . .” as a compliment.

2017 Las Vegas BikeFest ─ The Scene Part Two

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Monday, 23 October 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
If someone asked me, “Where can I go to ride my motorcycle, party all night, see awesome custom bikes, listen to great music and hang out with my fellow motorcycle brothers and sisters?” I wouldn’t hesitate to tell them to go to the Las Vegas BikeFest.

2017 Las Vegas BikeFest ─ The Scene Part One

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Saturday, 21 October 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
If someone asked me, “Where can I go to ride my motorcycle, party all night, see awesome custom bikes, listen to great music and hang out with my fellow motorcycle brothers and sisters?” I wouldn’t hesitate to tell them to go to the Las Vegas BikeFest.
The Ray Price Capital City Bikefest and Motorsports Expo is a free three day annual event that takes place in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, the Raleigh Convention Center and the Ray Price Harley-Davidson and Triumph Dealership. Now in its 13th year, the event is family friendly and draws visitors from all over the country. 
  Ever heard of Razzle-Dazzle football? It’s kind of like regular old football except there are only six players on a team. But that’s not the part that’s really different, it’s the rules. On the field, any player can run with or pass the ball to any teammate at any time and at any place. Because of that, there’s a lot of action everywhere you look and you can’t even begin to guess what’s going to happen next. It’s supposedly all about teamwork and not an individual player getting all the glory. All the elements of the play have to work together even though there’s a million different possibilities of action. 

Stealth Cycles Sons Of Anarchy Tribute Bike

Story By Jeff Spicoli Photos By Jack “I’m Pretty Stealthy Myself” Cofano Monday, 16 October 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 13 ]  | 
There’s one thing that Phil Cerulli, owner of Stealth Cycles in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, will never be accused of and that’s building a stealth motorcycle. Everything he builds is about as far from the definition of stealth as you can get including his Sons of Anarchy tribute bike you’re looking at right here. If there’s anything the least bit stealthy about his SOA custom bagger that’s a glowing tribute to a fictional television motorcycle club, please let me know as I couldn’t walk past this ride without noticing it in, oh, maybe two milliseconds.
The Ray Price Capital City Bikefest and Motorsports Expo is a free three day annual event that takes place in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, the Raleigh Convention Center and the Ray Price Harley-Davidson and Triumph Dealership. Now in its 13th year, the event is family friendly and draws visitors from all over the country.
This event is home to one of the largest custom bike shows on the East Coast. The Ray Price Motorsports Expo Bike Show is an International Master Bike Builders Association (IMBBA) Sanctioned Event. Independent judging is performed by IMBBA approved judges. There was over $15,000 and prizes ready to be claimed by the lucky winners. If that’s not enough, add to that the Perewitz Pick Paint Award which for me would be impossible to judge ─ so many works of art.

Karns Kustoms’ Lil Hot Rod

By Buck Manning Photos by Jack “Don’t you ever call me Lil” Cofano. Friday, 29 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 26 ]  | 
One thing you should never ever tell a builder is that his custom bike is “cute” as that could probably lead to some part of your head hurting from the impact of the builder’s disgust with your so-called compliment. But, sometimes that’s the first impression (right or wrong) that comes to mind. Such is the case for me with Karns Kustoms’ Lil Hot Rod Sportster that I can’t help but think is absolutely cute as a peanut. And let me be clear about this so I don’t get a good punching, that is an absolute compliment. I really like this custom Sporty on so many levels from the tidy compactness to the high impact green paint that looks like it was ripped of a ‘60s Mopar musclecar to the eyeballs on the exhaust system. This bike is as adorable as a Boston Terrier and just as tough at the same time.

Well Done Retro Chop

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Karate Chop” Cofano Wednesday, 27 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
  Does a nicely built custom grab you by the whatever-you-got when you least expect it? That’s exactly what happened to me when I saw this retro-custom that I just had to check out in detail even though I’m not in the market for something like this. In the real world, probably a lot of you aren’t either, but we can dream can’t we? I certainly can. 

Hog Killers Inc. Killer Flathead

Story by Alvoris Vambrosio Photos by Jack “Always Killing It” Cofano Tuesday, 26 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
  “Hey Dad, I think you’ve finally gone too far,” said my son Max with a distinctly nervous tone to his voice. A good dad would have assured him that everything was going okay, but I was a little bit too busy to even answer him. At that moment, I was busy looking over the driver’s door of the rented LeBaron convertible that was sliding sideways, top-down, on the steep dirt hill of a jeep trail in Death Valley. Steer, gas, steer, and hope for the best was all I could think about. I had a lot of responsibility riding on my irresponsible shoulders to keep my young son safe in spite of my foolishness as we careened down the long slope bouncing off embedded boulders to the canyon gallery below.

Cherokee Blue Ridge Run 2017─ The Bikes Part Two

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Monday, 25 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
The big Kustom Kulture bike show was loaded with quality custom motorcycles of all makes and models, but, of course, Harley-Davidson was the predominant make. There were three bike shows all together but the Artisan show was definitely the highlight of the Cherokee Blue Ridge Run weekend.

Cherokee Blue Ridge Run 2017─ The Bikes Part One

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Friday, 22 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
The big Kustom Kulture bike show was loaded with quality custom motorcycles of all makes and models, but, of course, Harley-Davidson was the predominant make. There were three bike shows all together but the Artisan show was definitely the highlight of the Cherokee Blue Ridge Run weekend.

Michael Truong’s Borderland Breakout

By Russ T. Jones Photos by Francisco Rangel Thursday, 21 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 21 ]  | 
  We all gotta start somewhere and, for most of us H-D freaks, that meant starting out on a less expensive metric bike until we got the money or the experience or both to purchase the first Harley. Such is the case for El Paso’s Michael Truong who told me, “Riding motorcycles has always been my passion in life. I started out with a Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R to cool my thirst for speed, but as I got older, I realized and accepted that fast sport bikes are for the young and the bold, not for a family man like me. I also like to ride longer distances without getting too much body ache, so about a year ago I bought a 2013 Dyna Switchback. It was an awesome bike but it still didn't fit my style.”

Cherokee Blue Ridge Run 2017 ─ The Scene Part Two

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Wednesday, 20 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
 It doesn’t take much convincing to get me to the mountains in western North Carolina. This year, after a few years’ hiatus, the Cherokee Indian Nation in Cherokee, North Carolina, is back in the rally business and they went all out to make it one to remember.