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.
Published in Vintage
     Oh man, here we go again dancing a fine line between getting Barnett’s Magazine Online’s pixel boy, Jack Cofano, upset over previous Bling’s Cycles’ article with a totally fabricated (by me) title declaring Jack to be a Bling’s fanboy extraordinaire and telling the truth. As usual, the truth does not matter so I’ll let Jack-O off the hook and say he’s just a “fan” of Bling’s Cycles and leave it at that. Except there is that little thing of his about all-white bikes and he does love a good manly chopper that will get him noticed by all the ladies and this stunningly clean Panhead fits the bill on all counts. There, I’ve made my official apology but I’m not convinced.
Published in Bobbers
 It’s been said over and over that building custom motorcycles is all about the passion more than brains. That doesn’t mean that builders aren’t a smart lot, they are, but their hearts overruled their brains when it came time to choose a profession. The talent and skills most of these builders have probably could have gotten them far into the American dream of long-term financial success and a pleasant retirement after decades of the same old, same old. But that’s not how they tick. They have a passion for motorcycles and all the tons of good stuff that goes along with that passion. It’s also about expressing creativity and you’ll never get that turning wrenches in a Chrysler dealership or running a UPS depot or whatever. To most of us reading this, motorcycles are like a religion, something to be worshipped and revered while custom builders are like our sorcerers of metal.
Published in Choppers
   Oh man, here we go again dancing a fine line between getting Barnett’s Magazine Online’s pixel boy, Jack Cofano, upset over previous Bling’s Cycles’ article with a totally fabricated (by me) title declaring Jack to be a Bling’s fanboy extraordinaire and telling the truth. As usual, the truth does not matter so I’ll let Jack-O off the hook and say he’s just a “fan” of Bling’s Cycles and leave it at that. Except there is that little thing of his about all-white bikes and he does love a good manly chopper that will get him noticed by all the ladies and this stunningly clean Panhead fits the bill on all counts. There, I’ve made my official apology but I’m not convinced.
Published in Bobbers
  Yes sir, that title is correct. Barnett’s Magazine Online’s pixel master, Jack Cofano, is a hardcore fanboy of Bill Dodge and anything built in his shop, Bling’s Cycles in Daytona Beach, Florida, and I’m not ashamed to admit it for him. I get a call about every other day from Jack asking me the same question over and over, “Hey Emile, when ya gonna run the Bill Dodge bike?” Now it isn’t like we haven’t featured  a Bill Dodge bike in a long time or something, as Barnett’s Magazine Online has showcased  three or four (I’ve lost count or maybe I’m just losing my mind) in the past year alone. And, that’s not including previous years and print articles too.
Published in Bobbers
   Yes, it’s Black Friday on Barnett’s Magazine Online, but not that Black Friday. Ours comes courtesy of Dee Black, fiancé and business partner to Bill Dodge of Bling’s Cycles in Daytona Beach, Florida. Dee knew what she wanted in a bike and obviously Bill was the perfect person to make that a reality. Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking, “Oh boy, it’s another Bling’s Cycles fanboy feature” and you’d be correct.
Published in Bobbers
   Full Disclosure is always the best policy and in the case of Bill Dodge of Bling’s Cycles in Daytona Beach, Florida, I’ve been an ardent fan ever since he broke out on his own from a certain big time West Coast shop owned by a guy with the initials J. J. I’ve yet to figure out who that was, but it didn’t take me long to really appreciate the way Mr. Dodge blew apart the standard over-the-top norm of TV choppers of the day.
Published in Bobbers
Bill Dodge is a lot of different personalities trapped in one body. He’s smart, articulate, skilled, funny, and most importantly, he’s his own man. When you see a Bling’s Cycle bike, you know who built it in a millisecond or two. That’s not to say he’s so stuck on a certain style or look that each bike looks like the other, no siree bob. There’s just a certain aesthetic, honest, yet whimsical that makes you know it’s a Bill-built bike. One thing that does honestly stand out for any and every one of his builds is that you want to ride it and that’s about the biggest compliment any builder could get in my opinion.
Published in Modified Stockers