Barnett's Magazine (Articles 2000)

Having Your Cake And Eating It Too

Story By Monk Pacheco Photos By Jack “Responsibly Wine Tasting” Cofano Thursday, 27 April 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
   There are a quite a bunch of people that love looking at custom bikes, but seem to almost hate them as much. Nothing’s ever right from the color to the model of Harley it’s built around and everything in between. That’s especially the case with the trendiest of trendy big wheel custom baggers where the Internet wailing goes on about basically anything that’s been done from the wheels to the paint to how low it sits. “It can’t be ridden” is the comment that always comes up when all else fails. What if you could have your cake and eat it too on a customized Harley that’s an immediate eye catcher yet still has all the basic street goodness of a Harley-Davidson you could ride daily or across country if you felt like it. Would that interest you?

Godfather Baggers Road Glide Du Jour

Story By Peter LaFrance Photos By Jack “I Got A Haircut” Cofano Wednesday, 26 April 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
   Sales is one of the toughest and weirdest professions out there. It’s a lot like having to go hunting for food and if you don’t bag something, you don’t eat. Plus if you’re like Kirk Hanson, one of the more successful real estate salespersons in Charlotte, North Carolina, after listening to potential buyers, sellers and every ‘super knowledgeable’ expert brought in by either side all day (and night too), you gotta find a way to unwind. Hey, the merry-go-round starts again the next day. No surprise then that Kirk, like all of us, uses his motorcycle for blowing the stupid stuff we all deal daily with right out of his mind. A little blast on Harley-Davidson’s heavily revised 2016 Road Glide will do that.

Confederate G2 P51 Combat Fighter

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “I’m A Lover, Not A Fighter” Cofano Tuesday, 25 April 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
The toughest part of owning this wild and whacky-cool motorcycle has to be when a bystander without the slightest clue asks you what it is. After spouting off, “It’s a Confederate G2 P51 Combat Fighter” you can’t help but see the still puzzled look on their face as they still don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. I mean it’s not like Confederates are mainstream in any way even though they’ve been around in various versions for the past 25-years. That’s a hugely long time in the custom motorcycle world, but you just have might as well told them it’s a Roosevelt C-Dash 505A Flying Wing as I’m sure they’ve never heard of that one either as I just made it up.

Faith Forgotten Choppers’ Toe Cutter

Story By Emile Berube Photos By Jack “Stop Staring At My Toes” Cofano Sunday, 23 April 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
   Don’t know about you, but every now and then I see a bike I really like, really really like, but I can’t put an exact finger on why I like it so much at first glance. Maybe it’s a certain type of bike I’m drawn to, but that’s not always the case as some bikes that I “really, really like” are bikes that I’d never want to own or ride. There is one thing that’s the top of the list is whether it’s fun, interestingly constructed or lovingly terrifying, that’s rideability. Being able to use it as a motorcycle (albeit one with a lot of charming character flaws) is important to me as I don’t have a lot of shekels to cast around foolishly, so it’s gotta be a runner and not just a looker. Plus it doesn’t hurt if it looks tough.

Standout Sidecar Sportster

Story By Emile Berube Photos By Jack “Always Standing Out” Cofano Friday, 21 April 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
So, what’s a poor lad to do when you’ve finally got that Sportster of your retro-dreams, a brand new 2016 Seventy-Two, and it’s not special enough for you? Oh I know you’d think Harley’s most serious ode to the choppers of the ‘70s especially when it’s slathered in heavy metal flake paint would scratch that itch. But, no matter how much you scratch with all the retro styling Harley dares to offer, it’s still a production bike and it’s just not special enough to make you feel like you really stand out in a crowd of Sportsters. You do what every red-blooded American would do since the dawn of the 20th century ─ customize the hell out of it.

Sweet Golden Springer

Story By Jake Blake Photos By Jack “All’s Quiet On The Eastern Front” Cofano Thursday, 20 April 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
I was working in my shop today when I found an old 35 mm film container full of tiny instrument bulbs in my tool box from who knows where and when. I remember when these plastic containers were my go-to holder of all small things from master clips to cotter pins to whatever. Somehow they had all disappeared but this one, but as I held it in my hand I felt a tinge of nostalgia for the days when I was swamped with these things from taking photos. Man, digital photography sure has taken over and I’m not even sure if Kodak is still in business. All of this made me wonder how many film containers our man about town, Barnett’s Magazine Online’s chief lens men must have used back in the day. Thousands and thousands would be my guess, but where are all those film containers now? 

Little Rebel Customs Gulf Ford GT40 Sportster

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Always Going For It” Cofano Wednesday, 19 April 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
Over the years I can’t help but notice how big guys love small things. Big guys love small cars although I have no idea why as it’s got to be a tough fit, but I’ve seen a lot of big guys get out of small cars like an Austin-Healey Sprite or something similar and the look on their face shows they couldn’t be happier. No, not for getting out of it, but owning and driving it. Or in my bike shop, the biggest, bad ass bikers would be crawling around the floor trying to play with my shop Chihuahua. That’s something I never ever expected to see, but it always happened. There’s some allure of small things to big guys and this bike is no different.

Benito's Knucklehead

Story And Photos By Rodent Sunday, 16 April 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 16 ]  | 
    Benito Mendoza owns a small motorcycle fix-it shop called Thunder Road Motorcycles for almost two decades on a busy corner in downtown Hollister, California. Basically it’s a one man shop where he maintains, fixes, and builds customs. Benito works mainly on Harley-Davidsons, but has been known to wrench on others like Indians, Victorys, etc. He's an old-fashioned mechanic/wrench/grease monkey, not a modern technician. Benito can fix shit and if he can't, then he replaces the part.

The Buell Harley Should Have Built

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “Hindsight Is 20/20” Cofano Friday, 14 April 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
  One of the biggest problems Buell motorcycles tried and failed to over come before its untimely demise back in 2009 was its name. Other than Erik Buell himself, I don’t think anybody was too thrilled buying something called a Buell when it could (and should) have been Harley-Davidson. Yeah, I know they were supposedly two different companies, but c’mon now, what would you rather tell somebody you owned? I’ll give you my first guess and it isn’t a Buell. That’s nothing against Mr. Buell or even the basic idea around his sporty concoctions, but there’s no name like Harley-Davidson to give you street cred and no amount of imaginative re-engineering of the motorcycle that made Milwaukee famous could make up for that.

Twin City Cycle Works Road King Smoothie

Story By Jeff Spicoli Photos by Jack “Smoother Than Smooth” Cofano Thursday, 13 April 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
Before all you custom big wheel bagger haters start your hating, just take a look at this extremely lovely build by Rodney Landreth of Twin City Cycle Works in also lovely Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and tell me it’s not a pretty bike for what it is at least. Hey it’s no different than when I was a young punk and pretty snotty purist about cars and never got lead sleds for instance. They’re weren’t fast, or handled great or were a smart choice for a drive across country, but they were damn interesting to look at and if you liked attention ─ this was your ride. I never saw one bang through the gears or leave rubber like I thought was necessary at every opportunity, but I couldn’t take my eyes off them as they glided by burbling away through glass packs.

Does This V-Rod Make My Ass Look Fat?

Story By Alvoris Vambrosio Photos By Jack “Yes It Does” Cofano Wednesday, 12 April 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
Dave Garwood has what shrinks refer to as a “fat fetish.” No, it has nothing to do with the usual fat fetishism involving human beings, it is directed at his motorcycles. The fatter the better as far as he’s concerned and you have to admit that building a custom with the absolute fattest motorcycle tires available on both ends of the bike is some kind of crazy custom fetish, but in a good way. Making this fat tire fetish even just a bit kinkier is the use of one of Harley-Davidson’s least popular models, the V-Rod of all things. But, there’s a damn good reason for it as you’ll see.
It just so happens that this year St. Patrick’s Day fell on the last Friday of Bike Week (Like bikers need another excuse to drink mass quantities of alcohol). Actually, with the cool temperatures a little anti-freeze in the system could come in handy.

Richard Wright’s Chop Shop’s Purple Haze

Story By Jeff Spicoli Photos By Jack “Woodstock – Been There/Done That” Cofano Sunday, 09 April 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
   Have you noticed a little new trend sneaking into the custom motorcycle world over the past year? Nope it’s not big wheel baggers as that is too obvious. I’d tell you to guess again, but that’s too annoying so I’ll just go ahead and say my piece. In the scheme of things, big wheels on baggers is nothing new these days. The demand for them seems to be ongoing with no signs of their popularity fading even though they’ve been built in just about every design and style. And, yes, it’s all about the front wheels. Bigger is always better isn’t it?
   Photographing custom motorcycles is what I do. I seldom get a chance to set up a shot or pick a location or even pick the time of day so I shoot them where they stand under usually tough show conditions ranging from stupid tight spacing, bad light and spectators. Not the best scenario, but it is what it is. I would not be able to do features on almost two hundred bikes a year any other way.
Photographing custom motorcycles is what I do. I seldom get a chance to set up a shot or pick a location or even pick the time of day so I shoot them where they stand under usually tough show conditions ranging from stupid tight spacing, bad light and spectators. Not the best scenario, but it is what it is. I would not be able to do features on almost two hundred bikes a year any other way.