Barnett's Magazine (Articles 2039)

Too Pretty For The Apocalypse

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “I’m Prepared” Cofano Thursday, 21 December 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
  One thing I don’t get is the fascination most everybody has with THE COMING APOCALPSE. From movies to television to radio (and let’s not forget the Internet), people derive huge entertainment with some sort of viral or nuclear or alien end of time as we know it. If a story about where humankind is going has a bad or potentially bad ending, good old homo sapiens are right on board and can’t get enough of it. Just bring up The Walking Dead sometime in a conversation and watch how anybody and everybody will go on and on about it even if they’re a perennial wallflower. People love bad times. 

Nick Trask’s Repeat Offender Assaults Every Sense

Story By Robert Roberts Photos By Jack “I Was Never Charged!” Cofano Tuesday, 19 December 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
    The name emblazoned on the side of the tank says it all. This rad bagger is part of a series of Harley-Davidson baggers built by Nick Trask of Trask Performance in Phoenix, Arizona, to showcase his Assault parts line. And, it really assaults every one of your senses from sight (just take a look at it man!) to smell (burnt rubber) to taste (again, burnt rubber) to touch (massive turbo acceleration makes you try to indent the grips with your finger tips and pushes your ass into the seat) to hearing (between the huge turbo and that exhaust pipe which is the equivalent to open mike night at a metal thrash).

Revolution in Georgia

Story by Wnedy Manning and photos courtesy of Daniel Predoi Monday, 18 December 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
Michael Kamalian owner of Revolution Manufacturing in Marietta, Georgia, created this bike for the 50th anniversary of S&S Cycle in 2008. Weighing in at just 362 pounds “wet,” it’s half the weight of a Fat Boyl; 198-pounds of that weight is the S&S V-series motor, the BAKER 5-speed transmission, and the belt drive. I don’t have to tell you this composite hardtail was built for speed, which is no big surprise as Michael has an extensive background in racing Le Mans Prototype 2 and SCCA D-Sports. For Revolution’s entry in the anniversary build-off he tapped into that auto racing background. His favorite part of the build? Having 175-hp in a 362-pound bike. For comparison, that’s a power-to-weight ratio approximately three times better than Harley’s quickest stocker, the 2009 V-Rod Muscle.   

Gunbus: Big is the New Black

Story by Buck Manning and photo courtesy of Daniel Predoi Friday, 15 December 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 9 ]  | 
If there was any motorcycle ever built that should have its own theme song preceding it to a destination, this is it. Think the opening song from the movie Rocky or maybe even the late Isaac Hayes cooling his way through the theme from Shaft. Speaking of movies, I can only imagine that Gunbus 410 rolling into town would initially cause the same look of terror to come over the faces of onlookers as when Godzilla rolls into town. The sound of all 410 cubic-inches of combustion bellowing out from just two cylinders, even at idle, would do that.

A Slave To Engraving Panhead

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Do You Know Who I Am? Cofano Tuesday, 12 December 2017 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
  Barnett’s Magazine Online has featured quite a few bikes, especially custom baggers, with tattoo-inspired paintjobs. Some have even honestly looked like the real thing while others, not so much. A paintjob not matter how good, though, is not the real thing. If you want to give your bike a tattoo or two, the only real motorcycle tattoo is metal engraving in my opinion. Needless to say, the Panhead engine and just about any other aluminum part found on this bike went under the engraver’s knife, so to speak. 

DP Customs' Grabber Blue Cafe

By Buck Manning Photos by Jed Strahm Model: Brea Bulka Monday, 11 December 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Budget is not a four-letter word. Even though the constant use of it as a means of describing something in the present sucky economy often denotes a negative response in the cerebral cortex, budget should not be mistaken for half-ass, tacky, shoddy, etc. If the word budget is not part of your lexicon, more power to you and I’m extremely jealous. To me, budget is a good thing and I associate it with affordable which is exactly what this cool budget bike called Grabber Blue Caféfrom DP Customs is ― cool and affordable. Those are two words I like to see together when I’m buying something.

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.