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Parking Lot Bike of the week
Welcome to one more chapter of Barnett’s Magazine Online’s version of Jeopardy with the category “Unknown owner of motorcycle.” and the answer is “Homebuilt Norton Chopper Photographed At The Recent Sm*ke O*t By Jack Cofano.” As far as the Jeopardy style question/answer to win this category, sorry, we don’t have the slightest idea how this goes. But, we also don’t care about winning Jeopardy or even watch it except when we visit good ol’ Mom. The guy who built this bike did it for himself in his own garage just the way he wanted to and that’s the winning answer to us. Owner/rider home builders especially those with limited budgets (like most of us) are about as cool as it gets and about as pure a motorcycling experience as it gets. Build what you ride and love every minute of the experience.
Well there it is, the cat’s out of the bag if you didn’t already know that one of Barnett Magazine Online’s favorite builders, Tim Bradham of TBC Handcrafted Motorcycles in Fayetteville, North Carolina, won the invitational Pro Builder Chop Off at The Horse Backstreet Choppers’ Smoke Out 16. I don’t know who the judges were, but that had to be one tough competition as all the bikes were killers. Apparently Tim’s just had a tiny bit more and I’ve got a feeling the “handcrafted” part of the shop’s name had a little something to do with it.
Published in Bobbers
Barn finds are one of those things we all dream about. If you haven’t experienced finding some old crock and yanking it out of its resting place with the thought of restoring it, keep dreaming because they’re out there. It doesn’t have to be some one-of-two ever made that you have to restore without any thought about the money, time, and hard work. And, it doesn’t have to be a dead stocker either as finding some real Old School chop in sorry condition and bringing it back to life again as to what you thought it originally was built can be just as rewarding and maybe even more usable.
Published in Bobbers
What a little gem! Yup, that’s what I was thinking when I came across Jack Cofano’s photos of this jewel of fabrication, a Norton-powered hot rod/bobber/board tracker built by Lance Dodson of Dodson Machine Company in Nashville, Tennessee.
When it comes to custom motorcycles, Paul Ponkow of Bones Legacy in Las Vegas, Nevada, is a purist of the highest caliber. For instance, I doubt that he’s the least bit interested in the custom bagger scene or any other scene involving what’s trendy at the moment. The only custom motorcycle trend he’s interested in happened about four decades ago and it shows in every Bones Legacy build. Paul’s a purist’s purist except when it comes to pissing off Triumph purists with his 1959 Triumph Bonneville custom. Customizing a first year Bonny is probably about as sacrilegious as you can get in Triumph circles today. But, it wouldn’t have been roughly 40 years ago when it was just an old used Brit bike that made good chopper fodder.