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Parking Lot Bike of the week
Just when you think you’re getting the hang of where the custom motorcycle world is at, along comes a bike that really tries to be a crossover into many of the hot and hip markets right now. This is not for old guys who just want to cruise while listening to some tunes, but it does appeal to old guys who haven’t had the last vestige of hooligan knocked out f them by life in general. Oh, and it definitely has an appeal to anybody who doesn’t care how young or old they are.
Published in Sportsters
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
Sometimes what you see is what you get, but it’s not always as easy as that. Take one of the most misunderstood motorcycle brands of recent times, Buell motorcycles, and try to remember the last time you ran into one on the road. Unfortunately it’s not that often considering total Buell production numbered just over 137,000 bikes and that’s too bad. They were an interesting brand as a whole with lots of innovative features and likable sporty styling, but being the red-headed step-child of Harley-Davidson meant that few hard core H-D freaks were ever going to find themselves onboard a Buell. But, like everything, there’s always an exception and that’s what we have here.
Published in Modified Stockers
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
Mechanical watches have always fascinated me even though I rarely wear them. I just love how all the mechanical pieces and parts work harmoniously together while nakedly belying just how beautiful it is while doing it. Just like my motorcycle, the mechanical movement of a well-built watch makes me feel it’s somehow alive more than a battery-powered movement even though those trinkets might be more precise and correct. All they do is tell the time and skip the skeletal beauty within of a mechanical watch. Might as well just look at your phone which is what most people do. Give me a mainspring, gears, balance wheel, and wind-able knobs anytime. On a hand built, designer mechanical watch the beauty is within as well as without and it doesn’t get much better than that.
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
Hidden away up in Lodi, California, the self-proclaimed “Zinfandel capital of the world,” Bryan Schimke rolls another totally different custom from the last one out of his shop, TPJ Customs. And, I do mean totally different. Bryan’s not afraid to build whatever interests him at the moment from choppers to bobbers to one-off customs that appear ready to take on race courses or just blitzing the back roads of California’s Northern Central Valley.
Sometimes you don’t really know a guy, but sometimes you just gotta like and respect a guy when he just keeps dropping a new facet of himself on you that yu never suspected and it’s somehow always interesting. Delbert Soucier Jr. of Fayetteville, North Carolina, is just one of those guys. Calm, cool, unassuming, dryly funny as hell, imaginative in both practical and artistic ways while being the owner of Mutiny Cycle Works and having a full-time day job as a Senior Estimator at a rather large construction company, Delbert’s been an extremely interesting and instantly likable guy from the first time we spoke years ago. The boy just wants to have fun and will absolutely work his butt off to do it. When it comers to building one-off, ground-up motorcycles, you gotta respect Delbert’s hard work and his imagination that refuses to be reigned in or restricted by a strict budget. Remember, a successful estimator is an imaginative estimator.
Published in Bobbers
Everybody’s always looking for an excuse for a ride and to lovers of all things American V-twin, there’s nothing more fun than taking a run to check out a new to you motorcycle shop. I always get a little hyped just before entering a shop as you never ever know what you’re going to run into and hopefully it’s a positive experience. Hey, it could be to a Harley dealership just to get a T-shirt or whatever and finding a great parts man or mechanic or just chatting with another rider in the parking lot. Or maybe it’s a local custom/service shop that just gives off that right vibe and feels a bit like a new haunt. Personally, I’ve had my share of hits and misses, but if I’m out riding and I come across a motorcycle shop, I’ve gotta stop in and see what’s up. I don’t want to waste anyone’s time or bother somebody with a pile of questions about nothing in particular, but I sure like to check out shops.
I keep this restored Trackmaster 750 Yamaha in my office at work. Like me, its previous owner grew up flat-track racing at various horse tracks around the Midwest; at some point he, too, was granted sanity and gave up the sport while still ambulatory. As his 50th birthday came and went, though, the urge to go vintage racing took firm hold.