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Parking Lot Bike of the week
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.
Published in Sportsters
So, what do you get when you cross a Sportster, a board tracker and a lowrider? You get what the bike’s builder, Adam Karns of Karns Kustoms in Delmar, Maryland, calls a “New Tracker.” Can’t say I’ve heard that term before so I’ll just call it one wicked kool kruiser that’s a killer on the kustom circuit. Don’t believe me? How about it just knocked down a first place in the street custom class at the 2016 AIMExpo Championship of the Americas in Orlando this past October? I’d say that’s pretty damn good for a Sportster built by a guy in his backyard shop after a long day of work at his regular job. Apparently Adam is one of those guys who think sleep is for sissies, well, that’s my assumption at least.
Nice looking chop isn’t it? If I do say myself, it’s a pip! For something so traditionally built in the early part of the first century of the 3rd millennium, it looks like kinda late 2nd millennium more than anything or what we now call Old School. Unfortunately it seems everything is referred to as Old School these days whether it is metal reality or the undecipherable connection in someone’s mind saying everything they’ve done to their Street Glide or Ultra is Old School. Sometimes I get it, but most of the time I don’t see it. Olds School unfortunately gets overworked.
Published in Choppers
There’s just something so darn nice about a bitsa bobber that looks cool, doesn’t cost a fortune, and makes you want to take it for a spin just to se what it’s like. One way or the other, it’s gotta be an experience that you just won’t get off a any dealer’s showroom floor. It could be good, bad or indifferent, but it will not be the sanitized experience we expect from a new bike. And, that is exactly what we present to you here, a very cool hot rod Sportster with a whole new lease on life.
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.
Published in Modified Stockers
Just hung up the phone after talking with photographer Jack Cofano about what he plans to cover in Daytona this year. Our blabfest covered everything from what shows he was shooting to Indian Larry to wondering what to expect at the shows this year. Jack brought up the point that baggers have so taken over the custom bike scene it’s getting hard to find anything non-bagger to shoot and I couldn’t argue that point one bit. What we ended up trying to figure out (along with the rest of the industry and, of course, you) was what’s next after baggers have had their day? The only thing we could come up with were customs with an authentic Old School vibe like our black beauty feature bike belonging to Thad Johnston of Cramerton, North Carolina.
Published in Choppers
Traditions can be good or bad mostly depending on whether I’m feeling stuck in some tradition that I’d rather not be stuck the hell in. Traditional, on the other hand, is something I generally like as it’s just relating to something like the gorgeously simple, traditional-style Harley-Davidson Shovelhead bobber built by Jeff Cochran of SPEEDKING U.S.A. in Cincinnati, Ohio. There is a problem with all of this, though, as I expect any bike built by Jeff to be one more in an unbroken line of tradition involving good taste, good skills, and a good eye. Any one “good” thing not in line with the others leads to a traditional-style bike that just doesn’t look quite right no matter what parts or pieces it consumed. Parts and pieces only reach their zenith as a whole when the builder intuitively feels what he’s thinking in metal. Jeff is also a photographer of high renown and his photographer’s mind’s eye shows in every build.
Sometimes you gotta try and see if any of the old axioms you’ve had shoved down your throats over the years are true. One I’m always getting thrown at me is that “a picture is worth a thousand words” (usually as an excuse why someone doesn’t read or write anymore) and I’m here to see if that’s for real. Oh yeah, I could go on yammering about each and every little piece on this trio of handsomely attractive motorcycles built by Jeff Cochran, one of the founders of the original Sucker Punch Sallys along with Donny Loos.