Barnett's Magazine (Articles 1993)

It just didn’t seem right. Richard Pollock was churning out exquisite street-trackers for customers around the world but he didn’t have one of his own. What he needed was a two-wheeled calling card for his company, Mule Motorcycles, a best-of-everything build that could be used at shows to entice buyers, or by himself to blow off a little steam on Sunday-morning backroad rides. All went according to plan until...well, let’s just say Richard still doesn’t have his own street-tracker!

Fred Krugger's Overmile

Story Sedrick C. Mitchell and Photos by Thierry Dricot Thursday, 16 March 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
Any distance over a mile is considered an “over mile”, which is part of the formula that went into developing the handle for Krugger Motorcycles’ latest custom-built machine. It has a unique style and design that fits the “desire for speed” mentality of many Europeans, especially those involved in the sport of fast motorcycling.

What A Difference A Paintjob Makes Road Glide

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “I Know That Song” Cofano Wednesday, 15 March 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
   Okay, okay, the title of this article is a bit cheesy making a reference to the 1959 Dinah Washington hit song What A Difference A Day Makes especially since it was probably well before most of you Barnett’s Magazine Online readers were even born. But nonetheless, it was a great song and pretty much sums up what Jason Beavers of Crazy Beavers Customs in Selma, North Carolina, has neatly accomplished here in a very short period of time. Well, a short period of time compared to the original time which was much, much longer.

Knockout Motorcycle Co. 39 Bike

Story by Buck Manning and photos by Horst Rosler Tuesday, 14 March 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 32 ]  | 
Finding a catchy name for a business is tough, really tough, but even tougher is changing an established business name to a new one. Everybody who recognizes the name, Rockem & Sockem Motorcycle Company, raise your hand. All right, put ‘em down cause that company name is gone, kaput, yesterday’s news. Rockem & Sockem has had its name knocked off its block, just like the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em fighting robots game from the ‘60s it was named after, by a new one, Ralph Randolph’s Knockout Motorcycle Co. The good part about all this is nothing has changed with the Mesa, Arizona-based company except the name. Partners Ralph Randolph and Ken Lucas are still at the helm turning out cool customs that make you want to admire their bikes from the seat at speed. Sure, the Rockem & Sockem name may still be emblazoned on the tank of our feature bike, 39, but there’s no doubt this bike is a knockout in more ways than one. “It’s really clean, sensible, and has a lot of beautiful style to it,” said Ralph. “It’s something someone can get on and ride. When I let people ride it at Daytona last year it really freaked ‘em out. They’re like ‘this is like a dirt bike, it’s so light.’ It’s so much fun to ride.”

Cycle Worx Full Dress Dresser

Story By Geraldo Riviera Photos By Jack “I Rarely Get Dressed Anymore” Cofano Friday, 10 March 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
  It may be a little early to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but everybody knows how celebratory we Irish are so showcasing a bright green custom bagger calls for a toast to the owner, Kevin Ellis, for making this possible. On St. Patrick’s Day, everybody talks about having a wee bit of Irish in them, but with a bagger so green and over the top, it’d be St. Patrick’s Day every day of the year. Plus, this one bike alone trolling down the street could be enough entertainment to satisfy any St. Patty’s parade crowd. I know I’d be off the side cheering and clapping as it rolled by satisfied by what the parade organizers came up with.

Just When You Thought You’ve Seen Everything

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Oh I Have!” Cofano Thursday, 09 March 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
    Have you ever seen anything like this unbelievably radical ride? I know I haven’t even though I’ve seen some wild rides in my time. Sure, some of that early Arlen Ness stuff was way-way out there, but nothing is or was quite as over-the-top as this two-wheeled stretch limo for one. Man, that’s a l-o-o-n-g bike with just about everything covered in bodywork but those triple velocity-stacks on S&S Super B carbs sticking out of that wave of bodywork engulfing the bad ass 103-inch 1976 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead engine. There’s a whole lot going on here, but I don’t know exactly what it is, do you Mr. Jones?

Mecum Motorcycle Auction 2017 ─ Part 2

Story By Monk Pacheco Photos By Penny “Ms. FXR 2008-2011” Osiecki Wednesday, 08 March 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
   So, if you’re tuning in and maybe didn’t catch yesterday’s article of the top ten sales of the Mecum Motorcycle Auction in Las Vegas this past January 25-28, you can always time travel back to yesterday via the Internet and read about those six-figure or close-to-it vintage bikes. Today, though, we’ll look at bikes that struck my fancy. Yes, it’s that simple a judging on my part with no pretense as being the absolute best buys or perfectly correct and ready for professional judging. There certainly was a lot to like and you can see them all on if that’d be more interesting than my choices. Up to you, I’m just plowing ahead and hoping for the best.

Mecum Motorcycle Auction 2017 ─ Part1

Monk Pacheco Photos By Penny “An FXR Or Nothing!” Osiecki Tuesday, 07 March 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
  I don’t know about you, but I love watching the big time auto and motorcycle auctions on TV. I DVR them all so I don’t miss a thing, but there is a big difference on how I view them. I fast forward through a lot of the car auctions because there are so many cars I just am not the least bit curious about. Sometimes I think I’ve seen every 1969 Camaro ever made cross the block and there’s nothing more to see and others like a 1954 Mercury Monterey just have zero interest. Or it’s some obscure 1920s make that they only made 200 of before closing the factory and the reason for that was they just weren’t interesting even when new. Motorcycle auctions, on the other hand, I never ever fast forward through as every single one of them interests me. Every single one.

Hide Motorcycle’s: Hiding in Plain Sight Buell

By Buck Manning and photos by Zai Monday, 06 March 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
Somewhere along the way, Japanese builders of one-off motorcycles didn’t get (or maybe just didn’t pay attention to) the memo that a custom built bike was supposed to be only about show not go. Unlike many of their contemporaries in the trade, they build bikes that not only have their own cool interpretation of American V-twins, but they expect them to be ridden and ridden hard. Over the years Barnett’s Magazine has featured many bikes from the Land of the Rising Sun (not to be confused with Eric Burdon’s similar sounding song title) that featured high performance and daily use as the build mantra. Anytime I’ve asked a Japanese builder if their bike is not just some showpiece and actually gets ridden their reaction is almost like I’ve insulted them by asking such a stupid question. Hey, it might seem like a stupid question, but considering most of the custom bikes I deal with don’t turn a wheel at speeds higher than walking on their way from a trailer to the nearest cool parking spot, it’s a necessary question.

John Savage’s Tattooed Panhead

Story By Fidel Sassoon Photos By Jack “Selling The Sportster” Cofano Friday, 03 March 2017 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
  Before you read one more word you must check out Jack Cofano’s photo gallery of this stunning ’48 Panhead to have the slightest chance to understand where this is all going. Go ahead, I’ll wait . . . Alrighty then, you’re back and I’m sure you had your eyeballs doing the eyeball dance over that graffiti/comic book-style Day of the Dead-inspired paintjob. Yes sir, it’s quite a duesy and worth taking the time to really check out as perfect image symmetry is not what this paintjob is about. The approach the artist took in both style and technique are different than the typical work of art airbrushing than can often duplicate the quality of a perfect digital photo. Something different is going on here but I don’t know what it is. Do you, Mr. Jones?

Andy Ander’s Firefighter Tribute V-Rod

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “It’s Freakin’ 79-Degrees Here” Cofano Thursday, 02 March 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
   A little over three decades ago I was taking a whiz when I casually looked out the bathroom window and saw flames coming from under the closed hood of my room mate’s car. It had been sitting there all day when it just decided to spontaneously combust. I yelled out to my room mate, Eddie, to “Call the f**king fire department!” as I was still caught up in what I was doing at the time. When he asked me the proverbial “Why?” through the closed bath room door, I answered while zipping up, “Cause your f**king piece of shit car is on fire! Just call!”

The Garage At Ray Price’s Evel-inspired Sportster

Story By Johnny Danger Photos By Jack “Three Seeds” Cofano Wednesday, 01 March 2017 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
   You know it’s absolutely criminal how some people treat their bikes. I mean, who hasn’t seen a nice late model bike that looks like it spent its life being hated instead of loved? Somehow it’s especially hard to take when it’s a Harley-Davidson that’s someone’s used and abused. It’s its own form of mechanical domestic violence, but unlike the other abuse which has none, it has its good points. Many an unwitting owner has provided the fodder for a nice custom build and that’s exactly what we’ve got here.

Prism Supply Co.’s Evolutionary Evo

Story By Geronimo Jones Photos By Jack “No Monkey Blood In Me” Cofano Tuesday, 28 February 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
   Sometimes the story going on behind a motorcycle build is just about as interesting as a beautiful build. Take this retro-modern 1998 Harley-Davidson built by Prism Supply Co. for instance. It’s a clean build using relatively modern bits to make an Old School statement without trying to be the poster bike for that period. When I look at it I see the silhouette of custom bikes that I saw being actively ridden on the street back in the day more than any radical Arlen Ness creation you saw in magazines. In making a more timely reference, it’s more Billy Bike than Captain America and I always liked Billy’s better anyway. It’s a classic chopper profile that’s probably close to what somebody might draw if they were told to sketch a chopper. It’s a nice modern ride with historical style points as part of the deal.

DG Custom Cycle’s Lost Souls

By Peter LaFrance Photos by Jack “Mine Got Lost Decades Ago” Cofano Monday, 27 February 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
  Striking piece of work isn’t it? Yes sir, it’s one of those bikes that grab you whether you’re a fan (hopefully) like me or one of those full-time Internet haters (we all know you’re lustfully and jealously staring). Maybe this isn’t something you’d want to ride across Texas, but it sure is a looker from any angle and that’s what makes custom bikes special in their own way.

Mark Barnett ─ Your Ultimate Harley Has Finally Arrived

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Exploring Voodoo Cautiously” Cofano Friday, 24 February 2017 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
    No, this isn’t a case of sucking up to the boss as that’s not the way Barnett Harley-Davidson’s GM, Mark Barnett, works. Nope, the title mentions Mark because I’ve watched him constantly trying to find the perfect Harley and of course that means custom. Mark’s built, bought and sold many, many supposed “perfect” bikes and as I write, he’s probably buying, building or selling one. He knows what he wants, but somehow never finds it even when a builder is given carte blanche to make his dream bike a reality. So far, only two builders have actually finished something, but both had major drawbacks so off they went.