Barnett's Magazine (Articles 2052)

Interstate Capable Custom Street Glide

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “I Want An Intercontinental Bagger” Cofano Saturday, 09 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
There’s no gray area when it comes to radical custom baggers. It seems Harley-Davidson freaks either love them or absolutely hate them with every molecule of their being. The haters dislike the changes made for eye-grabbing looks that change up the usefulness of a Motor Company stocker as far as they see it. Can’t be ridden is the first one of the thoughts of the collective of commenters that always rises to the top of any discussion. Can’t go around corners without scraping is another and being too low to use on the street. There’s a million more, but since you already know what side you’re on, pro or con, you already know what the complaints are.

Two-Tone Pan

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Outside Is None Of My Business” Cofano Friday, 08 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
    If it wasn’t for the splash of red fencing behind this grab-me-by-my-heartstrings Panhead bobber, it could be a long lost shot in black and white from the days when film ruled the photo world and the only computers were in a huge defense building. We’ve had a strong run of Harley-Davidson Panhead customs recently and by the looks of what Jack Cofano shot at the recent Smoke Out 18, you’d think that there might be more of them today than when they were first built. I dig old B&W photos of old Harleys and this build and the setting almost make it appear that somebody figured out how to roll back time.

Pennsylvania Mystery Shovel

By Jake Blake Photos by Jack “Man Of Mystery” Cofano Wednesday, 06 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
  Once more into the breach with another of Jack Cofano’s mystery bikes as our feature bike of the day. Obviously it was just too stinking nice to let it sit forlornly in Barnett’s Magazine Online’s Picasa account and never see the light of day so to speak. What do we actually know about this bike of mystery? Not too much other than it’s registered in the lovely state of Pennsylvania and that the owner has been an A.B.A.T.E. member for 25 years in the Chester County Chapter 64. That’s it baby.

A Simple And Clean Traditional Machine

Story By Fidel Sassoon Photos By Jack “That Describes Me Perfectly” Cofano Wednesday, 06 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
Man, those could be fighting words. If somebody asked you what you thought of their new build and you said, “That’s simple and clean.” They’d probably be a bit insulted. But, that’s about the highest compliment I can give any build that strives after the look that most builders can’t or won’t do. Although it may seem like a non-committal pass-off, it’s far from it. This Triumph build you’re looking at is simple and clean in a lovely traditional way and there’s nothing ever wrong with traditional when it comes to custom motorcycles.

Salimata Linguer’s Lucky Charm Sportster

By Peter LaFrance Photos by Jack “You're always after me Lucky Charms” Cofano Monday, 04 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
Getting a good deal on a custom bike has become much easier than it was a short time ago. Getting a good deal on a custom bike that's not a compromise and really punches all the right buttons is another thing, though. Sometimes the planets align correctly (or whatever floats your spiritual boat) and you get the best of both world's like Salimata Linguer of Wilmington, Delaware, got with her 2003 Lucky Charm Choppers Sportster-powered bobber she picked up used.

XBS Customs Raver Of A Road Glide

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “My One Emotion” Cofano Saturday, 02 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
     Ever been to a rave? Me neither. But in case you don’t know exactly what a rave is, it involves a lot of dance music played extremely loudly in a psychedelic atmosphere with casual sex and drugs thrown in. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, that’s not good, but if you were 19 or 20 again you might think otherwise. It’s a sensory overload of anything and everything extreme in life and certain people revel in it. You know, that rave thing sounds like the mantra that radical custom bagger builders and owners adhere too just with Harley-Davidsons featuring extreme sound and without the dancing and drugs. Casual sex could still be in play. 

Gobsmacked By A Dirty Knuckle

Story By Geronimo Jones Photos By Jack “Rain, Rain, Go Away” Cofano Friday, 01 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
    Bling’s Cycles’ head honcho, Bill Dodge, has got a thing about mixing up a concoction of dirt bikes and V-twin customs that goes back to the first feature bike, Asbury Dirt, we did on him in the print edition of Barnett’s Magazine about oh, ten or twenty years ago (or maybe it just seems that way). Back then, it seemed quite shocking for a big V-twin custom to have knobby tires on it when everything else was just pushing the boundaries of how wide a rear tire could or should go.

Rolling Festival Of Gold Road Glide

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “The Kids Are Alright” Cofano Thursday, 31 August 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
   Don’t know whether I’ve ever mentioned this or not, but I’ve got a thing about gold. Yeah, I know, big surprise, everybody covets gold for its unique metallic properties and its high value. Hey, that’s okay for you maybe, but I’ve got a thing about gold paint on motorcycles, not the stuff selling for an ounce at $1319.60 as of August 29th. What the hell would I do with an ounce of gold, look at it? But, a well-done gold motorcycle is something I know exactly what to do with and it ain’t just looking at it. 

Could This Flathead Chop Be More Traditional?

Story by Alvoris Vambrosio Photos By Jack “Out Of Town” Cofano Tuesday, 29 August 2017 Comments [ 1 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
   In a word, “No!” If somebody today wanted to build an Old School chopper, you could use this build as the perfect template for a truly traditional chopper from the days when Old School was new school. Although they didn’t label it anything but a chopper back then, it’s Old School in spirit and honesty of design. But, it is the intent of the builder that intrigues me the most. He wanted to build a chopper that wasn’t trying to be Old School, it is Old School. Back in the day, this was a real honest-to-goodness radical chopper and something you really didn’t see too much. 

CRO Customs Drastically Subtle Shovel

Story By Russ T. Jones Photos By Jack “I Haven’t Left My House In Weeks” Cofano Sunday, 27 August 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 10 ]  | 
     I can hear it now rolling over in your head, “What the hell does ‘drastically subtle” really mean?” Frankly, I’m not exactly sure, but those two words combined explain what was going on in my noggin when I first saw Jack Cofano’s photo gallery of Caleb Owens’ 1976 Harley-Davidson FLH dragster/café racer/street tracker/salt flats racer Shovelhead. Then I watched the videos you see below featuring Mr. Owens (especially The Moto Channel one that is one of the best builder YouTube videos I’ve ever seen) verbally dissecting his bike. The longer I watched, I realized the video actually was as much of a look inside his designer’s head as a great nuts-and-bolts mini-feature. The more I understood what it wasn’t, the more I became more and more interested.  

Sweet Ironhead Sportster

Story By Jake Blake Photos By Jack “That’s What I’m Told” Cofano Saturday, 26 August 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 6 ]  | 
When I think of sweet things it usually involves lots of calories and some kind of chocolate. But, every now and then I see a custom that hits my motorcycle sweet tooth and my immediate unthinking response is “sweet.” Like I said, I rarely think of a custom Harley-Davidson that way, but it does happen and it was my first response to this Smoke Out Sporty that’s got more than its fair share of cool stuff going on. 

I Love Olive Juice

Story By Johnny Pants Photos By Jack “Only In My Martini” Cofano Friday, 25 August 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
   You know you learn something everyday whether you want to or not. Today, surprisingly, it was something I guess I should have known considering it involves adult beverages. I enjoy a good James Bond martini from time to time and occasionally I’ll ask for it “dirty” which just means adding a bit of olive juice to the mix for a different flavor. I never thought about it much as I just pour some straight out of the jar the olives came in. But, here’s where it gets tricky, in a bar, they have bottles of just olive juice minus the olives.

On The Fly Low Rider Softail

Story By Emile Berube Photos By Jack “It’s Down?” Cofano Thursday, 24 August 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 7 ]  | 
  As we all know from checking out Barnett’s Magazine Online, custom Harleys come in all shapes, styles and colors from Sportsters to big wheel baggers and everything in between. It does seem like the Softail Harleys have fallen a little out of favor for custom baggers, but it wasn’t always that way. Not too long ago Softails were the go-to bike for customizing from mild to wild. Yeah, Motor Company Softails prevailed until the big front wheel became the dominant style point of the custom world. 

Rick Fairless’ Street Glide ─ Can You See Me Now?

Story By Jeff Spicoli Photos By Jack “I Got My Eyes Closed” Cofano Wednesday, 23 August 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 5 ]  | 
  Yes I can! I mean how could anyone and I mean anyone ever claim they didn’t see this eye-popping Harley-Davidson Street Glide that’s been dipped in whatever makes Strokers Dallas’ front man, bike builder and extreme entrepreneur, Rick Fairless tick. Any judge in the country would say “Guilty!” if someone claimed they didn’t see this bike. I mean, how can’t you and if you can’t, you certainly shouldn’t be leaving your house except on foot and even then there’d be some doubts.

Wing Nuts And Diamond Plate Bobber

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “I Love Wings!” Cofano Tuesday, 22 August 2017 Comments [ 3 ] Gallery [ 4 ]  | 
   A fly on the wall might have overheard a conversation by a couple of garage builders fueled by adult beverages go like this, “Hey, I’ve got a bucket of wing nuts, some diamond plate, and that old basketcase Triumph in the back of my garage. Let’s build a chopper!” To which the other gentleman answers, “Perfect. Let’s do it.” And so it began, a couple of buddies spent garage time and a few more beverages building the quite cool Triumph Bonneville chop that Jack Cofano photographed at the recent Smoke Out 18 in Rockingham, North Carolina, this past June.