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Parking Lot Bike of the week
Sitting in my office innocently staring out the window at nothing in particular I’m lost in motorcycle thought. The soundtrack of a rumbling Harley-Davidson Milwaukee Eight 117 engine running through my head from a recent ride to nowhere in particular keeps me entertained until the red phone ringing brought me back to earth in an instant. It’s a direct line to the 32nd floor office of Barnett Harley-Davidson’s General Manager Mark Barnett. Nervously picking up the phone, I immediately hear, “I want more mildly-modified Harleys!” followed by a click and a dial tone. The boss has spoken.
Hey, you know what? Sometimes the coolest customs are the ones you see parked on the street while the owner’s off doing something or other. Maybe getting some sheet metal screws at Ace Hardware or whatever, but the idea that the bike I’m mentally drooling over is just a good looking motorcycle doing real street time only adds to the pleasure. Our sometimes-man-on-the-street and budding photographer, Mr. Jack Cofano, shot this purposeful beast of a Softail parked out side of the Artistry In Iron Show in Vegas. Sometimes a factory bike with the proper dolling up can be as personally attractive in a way the wildest one-off show bike you just got mesmerized by can’t.
We all gotta start somewhere and, for most of us H-D freaks, that meant starting out on a less expensive metric bike until we got the money or the experience or both to purchase the first Harley. Such is the case for El Paso’s Michael Truong who told me, “Riding motorcycles has always been my passion in life. I started out with a Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R to cool my thirst for speed, but as I got older, I realized and accepted that fast sport bikes are for the young and the bold, not for a family man like me. I also like to ride longer distances without getting too much body ache, so about a year ago I bought a 2013 Dyna Switchback. It was an awesome bike but it still didn't fit my style.”