Barnett's Magazine (Articles 2052)

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.

Dan Rollins Kustoms Metal Fettling Road King

Story By Tyler Durden Photos By Jack “Thank You” Cofano Wednesday, 22 November 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 9 ]  | 
Hey all you big wheel bagger haters, before you go all crazy and just write this off as one more custom big wheel bagger, take a closer look. There is a lot more going on here than meets the eye. As for you big wheel bagger lovers, there’s quite a different approach being taken leaving off possibly the most important element a radical big-wheel bagger offers, the paintjob. 


Story and Photos by Rodent Tuesday, 21 November 2017 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 16 ]  | 
While wandering around Durango during the Labor Day run I spotted a weird V-twin motorcycle that looked sort of familiar. Then a guy walks up to me and starts telling me about the many years he's owned the bike up in Grand Junction, Colorado, and the restoration process it took to make it into a reliable ride.

Stock Is The New Custom

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Not In My Book” Cofano Monday, 20 November 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
You know it’s funny how perception changes with time. When I was a real young kid I thought all Harleys were black except for the over-the-top, fully-lit-up dressers I’d see rolling through town at night on the way to Cape Cod for the weekend. But then I don’t remember seeing too many of them in the ‘50s that weren’t old Boston Police bikes (probably all Flatties) sold at auction, bobbed just a bit and painted flat black or maybe they were just bad gloss black paint jobs. Somehow I associated stock with those Christmas tree dressers and stock would never do for me. They just weren’t tough enough for a young kid.

The Unknown Road King

Story By Alvoris Vambrosio Photos By Jack “I Wish I Was” Cofano Friday, 17 November 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
Like so many custom bikes we feature from shows where our photo lad, Mr. Jack Cofano, cannot find out who built or owns the custom bike he’s photographing, this one is also Unknown. But, as you might have noticed, I spelt unknown with a capital U and theoretically that’s incorrect except that it isn’t. The radical Road King you’re staring at was built by Unknown Customs in Gainesville, Georgia, with Greg Wingo at the helm. So, what are the odds of one more unknown custom bike built by somebody we know? Apparently pretty good I guess. 

1:1 Scale Hot Wheels Harley

Story By Geronimo Jones Photos By Jack “I’m All Alone And Happy” Cofano Wednesday, 15 November 2017 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
Sometimes I feel like I’ve been left out of what most motorcycle riders’ memories of their youth involved things like collecting Mattel’s Hot Wheels and customizing Schwinn Stingrays. I never had any of that stuff as a kid. Not because my parents wouldn’t let me have them, but  because they hadn’t been introduced until I was way past having any interest in them. I was just about to get my first motorcycle when Stingrays came out in 1963. I had my own set of Hot Wheels when they came out in 1968 but mine had a V-twin engine, a real V-twin engine, so 1/64 scale models of funky cars or motorcycles held zero interest for me at the time. As you can easily surmise, I am an old dude.

Another One Bites The Dust

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Story Of My Life” Cofano Tuesday, 14 November 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
Just like Queen’s famed chorus everybody knows, another Buell bites the dust. Surprising actually is that there are any left still basically stock as early steel-framed Buell were the donor bike of the early and mid 2000s. I mean, how could you beat dirt cheap, premium components and loads more power than a Harley-Davidson Sportster for a price less than just a Sporty motor by itself?

Count’s Kustoms Traditionally Outrageous Shovelhead Chop

Story By Vincenzo D. Vincenzo Photos By Jack “Speak Nicely About Italians” Cofano Monday, 13 November 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
   Danny “The Count” Koker didn’t need a TV show like his current History Channel show, Counting Cars, to make a name for himself. He already had as Count Cool Rider, horror movie host of Las Vegas’ KVCW’s Saturday Fright At The Movies, and a running legacy of building crazy cool custom bikes and cars. Count Cool Rider morphed into The Count and the rest is history.  

Slammin' Southwest Shovelhead

By Buck Manning and photos by Joe Yezzi Saturday, 11 November 2017 Comments [ 2 ] Gallery [ 62 ]  | 
Given a little time, it’s always amazing how your mind can, to paraphrase an old saying, turn sh*t into Shinola and make something you once felt sucked into an object of desire. For instance, take the infamous 1969-1981 AMF era at Harley-Davidson. Buying a new Harley then was a definite crapshoot as AMF’s total reorganization of production along with a decimated workforce and resulting strikes caused quality control problems that almost shuttered Milwaukee’s Vatican of V-twins forever. Back then I hardly gave an AMF-tagged bike a cursory look other than a few particular models. But, there were actually quite a few AMF-introduced features we take for granted on a Harley today. Oh little things like alternators (’70), disc brakes (’72), cast aluminum wheels (’77), electronic ignition (’78), rubber engine mounts (‘’80), Kevlar belt final drive (’80), and a five-speed transmission (’80) to name a few. Or, iconic production models such as the ’71 FX Super Glide, ’77 XLCR Café Racer, ’77 FXS Low Rider, ’80 FXB Sturgis, and ’80 FLT Tour Glide (if your favorite model was left out, I apologize telepathically). I never thought it could happen, but today I look at an AMF boat tail with lust and not disgust.

Everything You Know Is Wrong

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Except Me” Cofano Friday, 10 November 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
  What you see is not always what you get is an old saying that certainly holds true here. On a cursory glance of the .jpg of the right side of this bike I thought it was some cool old crock and decided to check it out. Then I noticed it and felt a bit surprised at myself for not having seen it like some kind of Harley expert would in a half-a-millisecond. The bulbous primary of a Sportster engine from the infamous AMF era was a “Hey!” moment. There was a lot more going on here than some nice old bike. 

Lord Drake Kustoms’ Big Block Kafé Racer

By Buck Manning Photos by Jack “DON’T SPELL MY NAME WITH A K!” Kofano Wednesday, 08 November 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 15 ]  | 
  So it took me by surprise when I finally noticed that the cool café Sportster (or what I automatically assumed was a Sportster) was not a Sportster at all, but a big-boy, big-block rubber-mount Harley Dyna that had gone under the cosmetic surgery knife of Lord Drake Kustoms.