Barnett's Magazine (Articles 2011)

Cherokee Blue Ridge Run 2017 ─ The Scene Part One

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Tuesday, 19 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.

Spitfire Motorcycles’ ’56 Panhead

By Jeff Spicoli Photos by Jack “Please leave your message . . .” Cofano Monday, 18 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
   Whaddya do when you’ve got a 1956 Harley Panhead and transmission lying around? That’s a question most of us would like to be stuck with and every answer is good. You could restore it back to its natural as-delivered state and right now that’s getting to be a bigger thing than ever with the rising auction prices for restored motorcycles. Or, you could do as people have done for decades and decades and chop the living hell out of it.

Bonneville Customs Inc Cherry Bomb Shovelhead

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Don’t Open” Cofano Saturday, 16 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 9 ]  | 
   Sometimes I can’t believe how stupid I can be especially when it comes to overlooking an awesome custom build that happens to be in the so-called basement of our photo galleries. Getting lost amid all the bikes we’ve previously featured is easy as there are literally thousands of photos floating around in our Internet hosted gallery of custom builds. Sometimes all I see in a jpg is a bit of a handlebar or a seat or something that just doesn’t immediately grab my eyeballs and that was the case here. Man-o-man am I glad I opened up this set of photos out of sheer curiosity I had been constantly bypassing. 

Can’t Miss It If You Tried Road Glide

Story By Alvoris Vambrosio Photos By Jack “I Never Do” Cofano Friday, 15 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
So we’ve caught your attention, huh? I thought so. Here’s a custom big wheel bagger you couldn’t miss if you tried and, for once, it has nothing to do with wheel size. There it was sitting seaside at last year’s Boardwalk Show in Daytona Beach when Barnett’s Magazine Online’s photographer extraordinaire captured it in digital form when it wasn’t looking. Everyone who came anywhere near it was, though, as this is one build that seems to have a lot to say. 

Holy Moly!

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “Is It Safe To Go Out?” Cofano Thursday, 14 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
   Holy Moly (or another possibly more appropriate word that is considered not cool in print) is all I could think of after taking a close look at this build. To clear the air, it’s not a Harley-Davidson and it’s not a bike meant for street riding even though the mystery builder might say otherwise. It’s strictly a show piece and a pretty wild one at that.

Meet Evil Spirit Engineering’s Rose Mary

By Monk Pacheco Photos by Jack “Don’t ever try and stop me” Cofano Tuesday, 12 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 11 ]  | 
   Oh, introductions can be so tedious and usually the introductee’s name is lost to me as it’s being said. But sometimes, like with this time warp Berdoo chopper named Rose Mary that Michael Barragan of Evil Spirit Engineering in Burbank, California, built for our viewing pleasure, I couldn’t forget his or the bike’s name if I tried. The look of chopper shock and awe is tattooed onto my brain. And, if I was told Michael found this bike under a tarp sometime in the late ‘70s and had just carefully preserved it since, I wouldn’t doubt it. I’d just think, “Wow! Look at that thing!” followed by something Samuel L. Jackson is famous for saying.  

Michelle Baringer’s Sweet Street Sportster

Story by Tyler Durden Photos by Jack “I’m Sweet On And Off The Street” Cofano Monday, 11 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
   Learning to ride a bike is something every one of us has in common. Everybody’s got their own story of that first ride (or the first attempted ride) that usually involves some sort of silly mayhem and a bike they either remember with total fondness or try to forget about like it never existed. Some people start off at what I’d consider the “top” (at least from my own first riding experience) like Michelle Baringer of Southern Pines, North Carolina, did on her very own 1999 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883. How cool is that?  

Interstate Capable Custom Street Glide

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “I Want An Intercontinental Bagger” Cofano Saturday, 09 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
There’s no gray area when it comes to radical custom baggers. It seems Harley-Davidson freaks either love them or absolutely hate them with every molecule of their being. The haters dislike the changes made for eye-grabbing looks that change up the usefulness of a Motor Company stocker as far as they see it. Can’t be ridden is the first one of the thoughts of the collective of commenters that always rises to the top of any discussion. Can’t go around corners without scraping is another and being too low to use on the street. There’s a million more, but since you already know what side you’re on, pro or con, you already know what the complaints are.

Two-Tone Pan

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Outside Is None Of My Business” Cofano Friday, 08 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
    If it wasn’t for the splash of red fencing behind this grab-me-by-my-heartstrings Panhead bobber, it could be a long lost shot in black and white from the days when film ruled the photo world and the only computers were in a huge defense building. We’ve had a strong run of Harley-Davidson Panhead customs recently and by the looks of what Jack Cofano shot at the recent Smoke Out 18, you’d think that there might be more of them today than when they were first built. I dig old B&W photos of old Harleys and this build and the setting almost make it appear that somebody figured out how to roll back time.

Pennsylvania Mystery Shovel

By Jake Blake Photos by Jack “Man Of Mystery” Cofano Wednesday, 06 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
  Once more into the breach with another of Jack Cofano’s mystery bikes as our feature bike of the day. Obviously it was just too stinking nice to let it sit forlornly in Barnett’s Magazine Online’s Picasa account and never see the light of day so to speak. What do we actually know about this bike of mystery? Not too much other than it’s registered in the lovely state of Pennsylvania and that the owner has been an A.B.A.T.E. member for 25 years in the Chester County Chapter 64. That’s it baby.

A Simple And Clean Traditional Machine

Story By Fidel Sassoon Photos By Jack “That Describes Me Perfectly” Cofano Wednesday, 06 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
Man, those could be fighting words. If somebody asked you what you thought of their new build and you said, “That’s simple and clean.” They’d probably be a bit insulted. But, that’s about the highest compliment I can give any build that strives after the look that most builders can’t or won’t do. Although it may seem like a non-committal pass-off, it’s far from it. This Triumph build you’re looking at is simple and clean in a lovely traditional way and there’s nothing ever wrong with traditional when it comes to custom motorcycles.

Salimata Linguer’s Lucky Charm Sportster

By Peter LaFrance Photos by Jack “You're always after me Lucky Charms” Cofano Monday, 04 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
Getting a good deal on a custom bike has become much easier than it was a short time ago. Getting a good deal on a custom bike that's not a compromise and really punches all the right buttons is another thing, though. Sometimes the planets align correctly (or whatever floats your spiritual boat) and you get the best of both world's like Salimata Linguer of Wilmington, Delaware, got with her 2003 Lucky Charm Choppers Sportster-powered bobber she picked up used.

XBS Customs Raver Of A Road Glide

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “My One Emotion” Cofano Saturday, 02 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
     Ever been to a rave? Me neither. But in case you don’t know exactly what a rave is, it involves a lot of dance music played extremely loudly in a psychedelic atmosphere with casual sex and drugs thrown in. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, that’s not good, but if you were 19 or 20 again you might think otherwise. It’s a sensory overload of anything and everything extreme in life and certain people revel in it. You know, that rave thing sounds like the mantra that radical custom bagger builders and owners adhere too just with Harley-Davidsons featuring extreme sound and without the dancing and drugs. Casual sex could still be in play. 

Gobsmacked By A Dirty Knuckle

Story By Geronimo Jones Photos By Jack “Rain, Rain, Go Away” Cofano Friday, 01 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
    Bling’s Cycles’ head honcho, Bill Dodge, has got a thing about mixing up a concoction of dirt bikes and V-twin customs that goes back to the first feature bike, Asbury Dirt, we did on him in the print edition of Barnett’s Magazine about oh, ten or twenty years ago (or maybe it just seems that way). Back then, it seemed quite shocking for a big V-twin custom to have knobby tires on it when everything else was just pushing the boundaries of how wide a rear tire could or should go.

Rolling Festival Of Gold Road Glide

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “The Kids Are Alright” Cofano Thursday, 31 August 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
   Don’t know whether I’ve ever mentioned this or not, but I’ve got a thing about gold. Yeah, I know, big surprise, everybody covets gold for its unique metallic properties and its high value. Hey, that’s okay for you maybe, but I’ve got a thing about gold paint on motorcycles, not the stuff selling for an ounce at $1319.60 as of August 29th. What the hell would I do with an ounce of gold, look at it? But, a well-done gold motorcycle is something I know exactly what to do with and it ain’t just looking at it.