Barnett's Magazine (Articles 2050)

Ken’s Factory GangStar Shovelhead

Story By Fidel Sassoon Photos By Jack “North Carolina Gangster” Cofano Wednesday, 07 February 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
   Back just before the turn of the century, my boss, Barnett Harley-Davidson’s GM Mark Barnett turned me on to Japanese customs. I hate to admit it, but I had no idea of anything pertaining to a custom Harley scene in Japan of all places. I shouldn’t have been too surprised as European motorcycle customizers were turning out builds that were the equal of anything American builders were capable of, but with their own unique twist. Same goes for the Japanese builders after I spent some time cruising through Mark’s vast library of foreign magazines. I may not have had the slightest idea what they were writing about, but there were photos of cool bikes that defied all the current trends. Since my awakening, Japanese builders have become a huge part of the custom motorcycle scene and have become their own trendy style without losing their excruciating devotion to detail and appreciation of all things mechanical.

I.C.E. Trakker Eastern Lowlife

Story by Greg Friend and Photos courtesy of Horst Rosler Monday, 05 February 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 25 ]  | 
Building a modern bike with a nostalgic feel isn’t a simple matter. A builder has to pick a period to emulate, design an overall look, and decide whether to build a new bike that looks old or build an old bike that looks new. Jeff Kessel, co-owner of Independent Cycle East, built a new bike with an old look to it. “The customer came in and asked for a bike with a board track racer feel combined with new technology. He didn’t want the bike to look complicated, it had to be clean,” Jeff said. He knew just what frame to use to accomplish the customer’s goals, an Independent Cycle Inc. LOWLIFE foundation. With a softail-style rear end and adjustable Legend Air Suspension, the LOWLIFE is comfortable on any road according to Jeff. Its seven-inch stretched and curved backbone supports a steering neck raked to 40-degrees to achieve a more aggressive stance. “I’ve built six bikes with LOWLIFE frames, the geometry is unbelievable. Ride a bike with one of these frames and you’ll see what I mean. Jesse Jurrens [the owner of Independent Cycle Inc.] really did his homework when he designed it,” Jeff said. Mixing nostalgia with a sleek new design, a Redneck Engineering springer was built 3” longer than a stock length front end to give the bike ideal trail for excellent handling. On top of the springer Jeff fabricated a pair of wide handlebars that he felt added to the board track racer appearance.

Beach Customs Inland Cruiser

Story By Tyler Durden Photos By Jack “Not Warm Yet” Cofano Saturday, 03 February 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
  For a lot of you, this could be your perfect custom bike. The one you dream about and build in your head over and over constantly making minute changes along the way as trends and styles can influence your “build.”  Well at least that’s my initial take on this very attractive bad boy all dressed-up in modern retro-style clothes. It’s comparable to a new Dodge Hellcat in looking retro, but looking right.

Ironhead Old School Chop

Story by Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Radio Silence” Cofano Friday, 02 February 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
So, you’re a diehard Old School freak, huh? I’m a traditionalist too and I can’t get enough of well done Old School builds whether they were from back in the day or just done yesterday. Like a well-worn set of Levis (or whatever), it’s a style that never ever goes out of style. Old School builds entice me in to look in every nook and cranny to see how things were done. When I run into a cool cat of a custom like this Harley-Davidson Sportster Ironhead chopper, I inspect more than look. Not critically either, I just want to understand and get a feel for the build.

Butcher Chop’s Purple Blast To The Past

Story By Jake Blake Photos By Jack “My Past Is Behind Me” Cofano Wednesday, 31 January 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
   At Barnett’s Magazine Online, we have lots of photo galleries that are defined according to a type or style of bike ranging from baggers to bobbers and everything else in between. Sometimes it takes a bit of brain matter to figure out where they might fit in the best as some bikes kinda overlap categories. With today’s feature bike, there wasn’t a millisecond of thinking involved ─ chopper. I mean if you asked somebody who was or wasn’t a motorcyclist to describe or maybe even draw a chopper and I guarantee you it will look like the profile of this bike. Well, maybe they’d be a few different details, but it would just as fantastically retrolicious as this straight out of the ‘60s and ‘70s chopper.

Sleek, Sexy And Smart Ultra Limited

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Same As Me” Cofano Tuesday, 30 January 2018 Comments [ 9 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
Custom baggers get called a lot of things lately, but I’ve yet (or maybe I wasn’t paying attention) to see that exact combo of words used to describe any baggers that have gone through a good deal of cosmetic and mechanical surgery. The 2011 Harley-Davidson FLHTK Electra Glide Ultra Classic Limited (if only the name could have been longer, sigh) you’re checking out here is definitely worthy of being called “Sleek, sexy, and smart.” Don’t believe me? Take another look and you’ll see what I mean.

Style Is A State Of Mind

Story By Alvoris Vambrosio Photos By Jack “Always Ridin’ Low” Cofano Friday, 26 January 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
   After seeing so many custom motorcycles over the years (or should I say decades?), I started to think about all the different styles that have come and gone, but never really went away. For a minute or so, I tried to categorize all the different trends and trends within those trends until I realized I couldn’t begin to come up with any definitive list. Some really stand out on their own like a long fork Captain America chopper or anything Arlen Ness to the current hip-hop trend of the moment that shows no signs of waning just yet ─ custom baggers. 

One Man’s Perfect Pan

Story By Fidel Sassoon Photos By Jack “Still Top Down And Loving It” Cofano Wednesday, 24 January 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
   Every now and then I run into somebody’s custom street bike that says more about them than they’d ever verbally say about themselves. This absolutely adorable Harley-Davidson Panhead custom belonging to Steve Freels of Knoxville, Tennessee, is one of those bikes. First off, I’ve never met or communicated in any way with Steve, but just taking one look at his bike makes me think he’s a standup Harley guy with an eye for beauty and love of heritage. Plus he rides what he loves and not just a static display kind of guy. Far from it, his bike is set up for looking good and hitting the road.

Hi-Tech Old School Hooligan

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack "Sly-Tech Old School Hooligan" Cofano Tuesday, 23 January 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
It didn't take but a millisecond of a millisecond for me to completely fall in motorcycle love with this bad ass in black bike that looks like it was built for some nefarious purpose. Talk about being in your face, your face is in it and can't turn away. There's something going on here, but I don't know what it is yet, do you Mr. Jones? It's an aggressive and sinister look that makes me feel like I shouldn't make any quick moves. Whatever transpires for the front suspension looks more weapon than suspension to me at least. Man, I love to be shocked by a bike (in a good way) and this absolutely striking build does just that (and in a good way). Look at that thing and tell me it doesn't interest you too? I bet it does.

Smart Bagger

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Not Going Outside” Cofano Sunday, 21 January 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
  Can you guess what year this radical custom bagger is just by looking? If you can, you are a much better guesser than me although that’s probably a pretty easy thing to do. When I first saw this striking bright blue bike I just figured it was another new or close to new conversion of one of Harley’s touring models. I guess I’m getting so used to brand new or one- or two-year-old models getting a massive makeover with no regards for the bottom line that I just assumed it was one more completely fancy lad build. I was wrong.

Tanner McClung’s CVO Street Glide

By Alvoris Vam Brosio Photos by Tanner McClung Saturday, 20 January 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 16 ]  | 
When it comes to custom motorcycles, some people just know exactly what they want and exactly what they have to do to get it. Take the man in the photo with the satisfied look on his face for instance known in his hometown of Nederland, Texas, as Tanner McClung. He’s one of those guys that had a plan and executed it to his own idea of perfection.

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Story By Peter LaFrance Photos By Jack “What You See Is What You Get” Cofano Friday, 19 January 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
   You never take anything for granted in the world of Harley-Davidsons especially when it comes to mildly modified Motor Company customs. With two basic platforms for the big twins, if the specific model you started out with isn’t quite cutting the mustard you have two choices. One is easy and just involves money and one is harder and involves time and money. The former involves trading it in and getting what you think you want and the latter is taking the somewhat universal H-D platforms and making it into what you want.

And Now For Something Completely Different

Story By Buck Rogers Photos By Jack “I Hate Different” Cofano Thursday, 18 January 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
   I’ve never met or spoken with Tim Scates, but I do know he’s a guy that is both extremely traditional yet loves to think outside the box. Why else would he even bother to take Moto Guzzi’s legendary V-twin driveshaft tourer also known as a favorite of California’s CHP and turn it into a very traditional bobber with all the hallmarks of an Old School build? Probably because he can and he obviously likes to stand out from the crowd which is really easy to do with an all-out Moto Guzzi bobber because it’s pretty unlikely anyone’s ever going to run into another one. 

Parking Spot Sporty

By Buck Manning and photos by Kelly O’Dell Thursday, 04 January 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 47 ]  | 
Just when you think it’s safe to read a motorcycle magazine and shield yourself from reality TV’s fascination with anything New Jersey related, along comes a customized Sportster from the Garden State. Unlike the over-the-top big hair, big makeup, big boobs, and extremely small brains featured on popular shows like Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Clifton, New Jersey’s Charlie and Kelly O’Dell’s homage to the ’57 Sportster is elegant, thoughtful, and a practical, everyday rider too. It’s the polar opposite of what Snooki the human Petri dish, table-flipping Teresa, or the Earl Scheib of makeup’s Olivia would design if they were bike builders. The O’Dell’s reworked Sportster called Kelly’s Classic proves that not everything associated with New Jersey is a tired TV stereotype of bad taste.

Jim Shadler Plays His Hand at "21"

Story by Wendy Manning and photos by Billy "The Lenz" Schardler Wednesday, 03 January 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 11 ]  | 
For Jim Shadler, owner of South Shore Chop Shop in Farmingdale, New York, all he had to go on for this Softail chop was what his customer, Rob Simone, gave him to work with: the number “21”.“Rob’s a real biker, he’s got a few bikes, and he had a 1998 stock Softail laying around,” Jim explained. “He didn’t really know what I was gonna do to it, but he’d seen an old Panhead that I did and really liked it.”