Barnett's Magazine (Articles 2011)

All year I take photos of custom motorcycles and love every minute of it, but I also like to hit some of the custom car shows when I can. A vast majority of the custom motorcycle builders featured in the numerous bike shows throughout the country also build custom cars. As a matter of fact, many started out in the auto industry.

One Wild And Crazy Ride

Story By Russ T. Jones Photos By Jack “One Wild And Crazy Guy” Cofano Sunday, 16 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
  Ah, the bikes of Smoke Out. They’re their own indefinable category yet they have a common ground of imagination and outrageousness tempered with actually being riders. Often the rider is also the builder and it’s not a profession, but an obsession carried out late at night in garages all over America. They’re not catalog builds, but customs made from pieces and parts scrounged up at the best price and re-purposed into a one-of-a-kind motorcycle that follows no unwritten rules or trends. That’s what makes them so cool as you don’t know what to expect and if you think you do, you’ll be disappointed. 

Workin’ For The Weekend Softail

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “Every Day’s A Weekend” Cofano Friday, 14 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
  One thing I love doing is perusing Barnett Magazine Online’s photo gallery filled with shutterbug Jack Cofano’s photo galleries. It’s fun to cruise through and see bike after gorgeous bike of all different styles and that makes it a bit daunting to choose one for an article. I always end up picking something that fits my mood at the moment more than anything. Sometimes it’s just on sheer looks alone like a paintjob that’s so striking I can’t stop looking at it while lots of bikes get to me because they look like fun to ride. Today my pick is really influenced by a week of rainy weather that makes me giddy to get on a bike and do some riding. Actually just some cruising around and hopefully enjoy the supposedly sunny and warm weather ahead.  

Chico’s Customs Breaking All The Rules

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Been There-Done That” Cofano Thursday, 13 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
Yeah, I’m completely aware there are no rules for custom motorcycles, but there are surely categories of bikes that usually require certain standards like baggers with air suspension, non-stock bodywork, wicked audio systems, and, of course, big front wheels. Sometimes, though, a bike comes along that doesn’t fit into any of our so-called standards and kinda makes me wonder what the builder was going for. But, it becomes instantly clear that what the builder was going for was a custom motorcycle, his custom motorcycle and all the easily fallen into categories be damned. 

Sweet Show And Street Sporty

Story By Lothar E. O’Rielly Photos By Jack “LOL” Cofano Wednesday, 12 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
   Okay, okay, I’ll admit I was a little taken aback when I first saw this custom blue dazzler of a Sportster. Obviously the use of similar-sized, very tall and skinny wheels, even more accentuated by the striking wheel design, is not something you run into much anymore ever since the board tracker craze ran its course. Nope, I didn’t get board track vibes until I thought about it and then I decided it wasn’t the intention. No sir, there’s a whole design theme going on here by our mystery builder that leaves the board track on the track. It’s a shockingly different design (and possibly alienating for some) that brings a fresh look to the table with thoughtful yet imaginative design.

Rock-N-Roll Road Glide

Story By Geronimo Jones Photos By Jack “Still Rockin’ Every Day” Cofano Tuesday, 11 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
  There are certainly a lot of mysteries in life and most of them will go unanswered. Sometimes, though, it’s possible to give an answer to the unanswerable like the question on most peoples’ minds and that is, “What kind of bike would the late and great king of rock ‘n’ roll, the one, the only, Mr. Elvis Presley ride today?” I know the answer and I’m completely sure of it after a couple of trips through Graceland and working a party in Elvis’ Palm Springs home where I got to sneak through the house. Yes sir, Elvis-the-pelvis would have a fleet of big wheel baggers at his disposal if he was still capable of taking care of business. They’re, big, flashy and a rolling show-boat just like the man himself.

Manolis Harvalias Custom Heritage Springer

Story By Monk Pacheco Photos By Jack “Thanks For Leaving Me Alone” Cofano Sunday, 09 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
   After a steady diet of wild big wheel baggers and radical show bikes, it’s time to take a break from the outrageous and post something that’s a lot more like what our readers ride on their motorcycle journeys in the real world. Actually, it’s kinda nice just checking out one of my favorite Harleys of all time and the tastefully customized Heritage Springer belonging to Manolis Harvalias of Burlington, North Carolina, could be the perfect example of what goes on when a dead stock Harley just won’t do. 

Barnyard Baggers Farm Fresh Street Glide

Story By Russ T. Jones Photos By Jack “Hope It Doesn’t Smell Farm Fresh” Cofano Friday, 07 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
   One thing that always comes up in any discussion (especially online) about big wheel custom baggers is whether they’re strictly a show bike or can they be ridden on the street? My answer to that question is “could be” and “maybe” although I definitely can say “can be.” Like every custom bike you see it depends on whether it’s done the show circuit and who owns it. No matter what it always comes back to the owner. That’s it in a nut shell as far as I can see. Maybe it’s not the interstate tourer it once was but that doesn’t mean an owner with a penchant for getting attention can’t use it as a knock-around bike. Obviously big wheel custom baggers are all about showing off a bit and if that’s what the owner wants, it’s fine by me. 

The Garage At Ray Price’s Scrambling Sportster

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Still Celebrating The Fourth” Cofano Thursday, 06 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
   It’s sad to say but there are a lot of neglected and abused Harley-Davidsons sitting forlornly in garages and sheds out there whose owners have given up on them. It’s a sad circumstance that often leaves them just silently rusting away waiting for a new owner who can see beyond the undeserved patina and a chance to redeem themselves. That’s exactly what you’re looking at right here, a rescue Sportster in a stunning livery with a whole new lease on life courtesy of The Garage At Ray Price in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Canadian Road King Skullduggery

Story By Emile Berube Photos By Jack “What Is Skullduggery Anyway?” Cofano Tuesday, 04 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
   When it comes to custom Harleys, I’m a bit motorcycle bi-polar. I like my old Harleys rigid and raw with not one thing on them that doesn’t serve a purpose. Rough, ready, road-worthy and definitely on the loud side of loud. But give me a newer-model custom Harley and I’m the polar opposite. I like them customized yet road-worthy, not re-created into something else altogether that I wouldn’t feel comfortable riding farther than I can initially see from its parking spot.

BTRmoto's Telepathic Twin Cam

By Buck Manning Photos by GreggVogt.com Sunday, 02 July 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
There are lots of great specials roaming the streets (and tracks) that have wonderful craftsmanship and jaw-dropping good looks, but not all end up being a well engineered, no-compromise (i.e.- time, money, lack of interest in rehashing) motorcycle. Many builders relate to me how they would do this or do that differently if they were going to build a similar bike, but it’s more “if” than “when.” Every now and then someone comes along who’s somewhat obsessed with getting everything muy perfecto down to the very last detail. Curt Winter, owner of BTRmoto in Hayward, California, is one of those engineering-obsessed builders who probably can’t sleep at night knowing that a “finished” bike isn’t quite finished until he removes the mechanical thorn stuck in his brain.
There were a bunch of gorgeous and not-so-gorgeous custom bikes at The Horse Back Street Choppers Smoke Out 18 in Rockingham, North Carolina. Like antiques, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Throughout the years the Smoke Out event has been an Old School, down and dirty, adults-only party and this year was no different.
There were a bunch of gorgeous and not-so-gorgeous custom bikes at The Horse Back Street Choppers Smoke Out 18 in Rockingham, North Carolina. Like antiques, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Throughout the years the Smoke Out event has been an Old School, down and dirty, adults-only party and this year was no different.
Choppers: A type of custom motorcycle, which found its birth in the late 1950s in California and was the most extreme style of motorcycle of the time. Extended front forks, sissy bars, ape hangers and hard tail frames were the go-to style in that era. Harley-Davidsons were the go-to bike for building choppers. Not much has changed over the years and today’s choppers still use the same concept.
Choppers: A type of custom motorcycle, which found its birth in the late 1950s in California and was the most extreme style of motorcycle of the time. Extended front forks, sissy bars, ape hangers and hard tail frames were the go-to style in that era. Harley-Davidsons were the go-to bike for building choppers. Not much has changed over the years and today’s choppers still use the same concept.