I don’t know about you, but I truly love custom motorcycle shows especially when they’re the caliber of something like the Las Vegas BikeFest Artistry In Iron event. Once I enter the doors to a high-falutin’ event of some of the best and more importantly, imaginative, builders ever assembled, it like finally experiencing motorcycle nirvana. You never ever can be prepared for the works of art you encounter in the flesh. These bikes try to break all the standards and molds that came before them and they rarely disappoint. The sheer beauty, grace and imagination artfully integrated into a motorcycle is something that’s both appreciated and yet severely humbling to a guy like me who delusionally thinks he’s got his finger on the pulse of what’s happening.
Published in 2016 Events
  The bike you’re looking at is not standard fare on Barnett’s Magazine Online as, unsurprisingly, we cater to air-cooled 45-degree custom V-twins usually of the Harley-Davidson persuasion. That’s not some kind of backward apology either as the whole staff appreciates fine motorcycles no matter where they’re from, we just have a penchant for anything Harley-Davidson. Even the GM of Barnett Harley, Mark Barnett, has a thing for metric hyper sport bikes and flat trackers as long as they’re fast and exotic. He loves his speed in ridiculous numbers.
Published in 2016 Events
    Since Barnett’s Magazine Online is going to feature around 70 bikes in our coverage of the 75th Daytona Bike Week, we decided to split them into four parts to make it easier to scroll through them. There will be different types of customs in each part for your enjoyment.
Published in 2016 Events
   Working in the custom motorcycle industry has a lot of advantages when it comes time to build a bike of your own. You’ve got connections for all sorts of services and advice (whether you want it or not) and you probably know the inside skivvy on who to go to. There’s even the pretty good chance you’ve got the line on getting parts at a reasonable cost to help keep things in line. Most importantly, if you’ve got skills you’ve perfected in this line of work, you could save yourself a wad of dough. With all these so-called advantages, you just might make a small killing when it comes time to sell your beloved project that you planned to keep for life. “It’s my personal bike. It’s a keeper” is something every builder says until somebody waves a stack of bills at you that you just can’t refuse. That’s life in the fast lane.
Published in Baggers
   If you’re reading this, you probably aren’t in Daytona Beach for Bike Week, but not all is lost. Barnett’s Magazine Online’s photo bug, the lovely Jack Cofano, is beating his feet all over Daytona and points beyond digitally capturing the event and bringing back lots of photos of new bikes from all over the country and the world. I’ve followed him around a few times and it’s like running a marathon where you have to stop every ten feet and do a bunch of dance moves while you’re taking the shots. Can’t wait to see what he comes back with as the custom industry seems to be a poppin’.
Published in 2015 Events
Everybody’s on a bully’s back these days and it’s gotta be getting tough to be a bully anymore. When you conjure up a potential Harley-Davidson version of a motorcycle bully, possibly the last thing you’d think of would be Harley’s still-so-new Street especially in the 500cc configuration. But, just like being a bully, it’s all in the head, well at least as far as the folks at The Garage At Ray Price are concerned. The Garage is a sorta custom sub-division of Ray Price Harley-Davidson in Raleigh, North Carolina, that likes to tinker with Harleys regardless of whether they’re air-cooled or water-cooled. In this case, the TGRP team consisting of Bruce Downs, Jason Clement, Brice “Bacon” Terry and Brad Whitfield, decided to take on Harley’s opening volley in the line, the 500cc Revolution X V-twin Street, and bring it up the coolness ladder to a much loftier height and then some.
Published in Modified Stockers
As we’ve previously reported on Barnett’s Magazine Online, the 2016 Charlotte Easyriders Show took place under extremely terrible weather conditions. Usually that can be enough to cancel or postpone a show as you can’t begin to question any of the builders being just the slightest bit hesitant about transporting their often just born show machines in bad road conditions. I mean, who wants to take a chance on putting even a scratch on a bike they’ve put their heart and soul into?
Published in 2016 Events
            “Rain, rain, go away” was the mantra being sung September 25-27 at the Ray Price Capital City Bikefest in Raleigh, North Carolina. Not only did it NOT go away, it’s still raining over a week later. Not to fear as many of the features that would have taken place on Fayetteville Street were moved inside the Raleigh Convention Center where it was nice and dry.
Published in 2015 Events
   Man-o-man is it getting harder to write anything else about Pat Patterson and Led Sled Customs without having to wipe the drool of my mouth after staring at Jack Cofano’s lovely pics of this clearly raw sled. Over the years Barnett’s Magazine Online has done a half-a-dozen or more features about the über-talented lads working out of Dayton, Ohio, and at the rate they turn out one completely different Harley-Davidson Sportster custom after another, there’ll be a lot more to come. Like all of us here at Barnett’s, Led Sled loves its Sportys and if you’re a Sporty freak too, they’re a damn fine choice to check out before you do a thing to yours. 
Published in Bobbers
   My-oh-my, haven’t seen an all out radical custom bike like this for what seems like an eternity now. Today it’s all baggers and bobbers, but it wasn’t too long ago that wasn’t the way the custom world rolled. The wilder and wackier a builder could take a bike both in looks and potential performance was the rule of the day. Every time you saw a new custom you expected to be shocked from extensive bodywork in hand-formed steel, not composite from a can and the engine had to sparkle like you were looking into a galaxy from the Hubble telescope. One-off mags had to have such an intricate design that the CNC machines had to run 24/7 for days just to finish one and, like always, the painter had to be at the top of their game if finishing in the money at shows was important. Oh the good old days.
Published in Ultra Customs
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