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Well it’s about damn time Barnett’s Magazine Online is featuring a custom trike and it’s even better it’s based on a Motor Company-built trike and not a conversion. We’ve been hoping to feature more custom trikes especially since the introduction of Harley-Davidson’s Tri Glide and especially the sporty Freewheeler model, but they’ve been a little far and few over the past couple of years.
Published in Modified Stockers
Looks can be a bit deceiving on a first glance. Case in point, this lovely custom 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Glide owned by Fernand Francoeur of Saint-Eustache, Quebec, that at my first glance gave me the impression of a very nicely duded-out FLTR. It’s nothing too-too crazy, but a well-done custom bagger that is our Canadian friend’s personalized pride and joy. After seeing a lot of shock and awe, shoot-for-the-moon custom baggers, it’s nice to check out something that might not be our own exact cup of tea, but it’s in the ballpark on so many fronts it definitely is something worth checking out.
Normally when I think of Absolute it has nothing to do with motorcycles and more about what liquor I like in a martini, but not anymore. This dark and stealthy 2009 Road King custom bagger by Jason Geter of Absolute Custom Cycles in Denver, North Carolina, is cool enough to take anyone’s mind off getting a buzz on. Just checking out Jack Cofano’s photos of The “Absolute” King gives me a buzz that’s not only legal, but good for staring at a long time. It may not be murdered out, but it’s damn close and that’s just peachy as far as I’m concerned at least. Jason’s Road King is as pure as a straight up vodka martini with not a lick of silly garnishing in sight. Just like a good martini, it’s the initial simplicity of this build that gets more interesting the deeper you get into it.
Spend any time on Barnett’s Facebook page? Well if you do you’ve probably already seen the video of Amanda Bolton expertly wheeling her big wheel bagger around like it was a minibike. Man, did Jack Cofano’s video post really brought on the hits, likes and brought out the comments. Most were positive, but a lot were needlessly nasty. Hey, as my mother, always used to fall back on, “If you haven’t got anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” But, there’s always going to be the Interweb’s (thank you Gas Monkey’s Richard Rawlings) negatorious keyboard commandos who like to point out the obvious like the rest of us are living in a brain fog.
Boy have we got a lot of custom baggers coming your way. Jack Cofano’s recent photo-gathering trip o the Charlotte Easyriders Show confirmed that big wheel custom baggers are still as show-popular as ever with the majority of show bikes being built in that style. How long’s it gonna last? Nobody has the slightest idea as the proliferation of outrageous big wheel baggers continues unabated.
Being the owner of a Harley-Davidson dealership and a custom shop that can do everything in-house from fabrication to paint to making parts, I tend to get up early every morning and just drink in the spectacular joy of being me. Oh wait a minute, what am I saying, I was just daydreaming about what life must be like for Patrick “Rick” Knoerzer who actually lives that dream every day at his huge Harley-Davidson dealership in Baden-Baden, Germany, that does have an unbelievably-equipped custom shop, Rick’s Motorcycles, attached to The Motor Company shop.
Okay, okay ─ the title is a bit misleading, but it’s not very often you get to refer to “crazy beavers” attacking a motorcycle, so it was something I couldn’t pass up. Just the thought of beavers attacking a motorcycle leads one to picture total destruction, but after taking one look at this highly-customized Road Glide you know exactly the opposite is true.
Man I’m getting a bit jaded, or maybe I’m a bit jealous, after seeing one big-buck, high quality custom bagger after another, but it’s hard to not be overwhelmed. Something’s good in the economy finally and custom bagger builders are taking advantage of it while building some mind-boggling machines I can only dream about. From mild to wild to even wilder, there’s a builder out there who’s knocking out a custom bagger that hits you where you live and makes you run down and buy a lottery ticket.
Two years ago who would ever have thought that a late model custom bagger with a big 26-inch front wheel, body-mods over every square-inch you can see, an audio system that would Rock the Casbah, and a skull-laden paintjob that probably costs at least as much as a brand new, super-popular Sportster Forty-Eight would be considered not over the top? Not me. But, with the way things are radically changing constantly in the nutty-loo custom bagger world, Joey Beam, owner of Vindictive Wayz in Rutherfordton, North Carolina, has a personal rider named Resurrection that’s now only over the top (in comparison to the latest 30s) in the high-quality construction and choice pieces used as a means to a radical street riding end.
Every time I get a new (at least to me) bike, I always wonder if this one will be the forever bike I’ve dreamed of keeping or is it just another pleasant step along the way. Although I’ve dearly loved just about every bike I’ve owned, it unfortunately became time for some of them to hit the road for practical and/or new bike lust reasons. Just like most of you, I can be tempted with a different (and not necessarily new) model, color, use, whatever excuse I need at the time.
Published in Trikes, Etc.