Man-oh-man, if there was ever a trike I would not want to be caught in the rain in, it’s this ode to shiny metal trike built by Steve Stirewalt of Dirt & Street Cycle in lovely Rockwell, North Carolina. Get this trike wet and dirty and I’d end up buying my MOTHER’S chrome polish in gallon buckets instead of eight-ounce bottles. Geez Louise, that’s a lot of chromed square-footage on three wheels.
Published in Trikes, Etc.
   Everybody wants their bike to standout in a crowd. These days you have a lot of choices as to what style or type of bike to begin with and where you go from there depends on your imagination, talent, and wallet. Maybe you’ve only got one bike and downtime is not just something you can put up with as downtime actually means no riding. Let’s face it, for most mortals, a ground-up build just ain’t gonna happen while modifying a bagger to current big wheel standards requires the bags to be filled to the brim with moolah and then refilled again later to finish it.
Published in Modified Stockers
   All righty then, they say everything old is new again. That got me thinking about how custom motorcycle trends come and go, but there’re always those people that don’t give a damn about what’s the current flavor of the month. If they like ‘em long, low, and wild with outrageous amounts of time and money invested, so be it. Just like the infamous mullet which has never been declared extinct (or even endangered), it only goes to show people like what they like and if you don’t, that’s your problem. Kevin Thompson of Inman, South Carolina, is one of those guys who loves his bike extreme-to-the-max and this sittin’ on the ground (only because the ground is in the way) Softail is done to the max as far as I’m concerned.
Published in Ultra Customs
So where have all the fancy custom choppers of the extremely recent past gone to? It seemed like one minute they were everywhere and couldn’t be built fast enough to satisfy a public demanding their piece of hipsterdom and the next, well, they were gone. Yesterday’s article of the day was a Barnett’s Magazine print feature written by none other than Mark Barnett about an OCC bike built in 2003 to the tune of 60-large. OMG as the kids say. It’s kinda sad that you can find the same stuff in basically as-new condition now selling for $8,000-$12,000 tops. Custom bikes will never replace gold as a good investment, but that doesn’t mean you gotta give it away. Maybe it’s just a hang on to it thing and somehow get your money’s worth riding it. In this little piece of the world we refer to as the custom motorcycle world, what goes around, comes around. Baggers and bobbers are the hot thing at the moment, but the key word here is moment. Give it a few more years and bikes like this might be the new custom bike currency again.  
Published in Ultra Customs
     If you’re into custom bikes or custom lifestyles, you probably already know about Led Sled Customs out of Dayton, Ohio. But, if you’re into Sportsters and I mean really into Sportsters, you definitely know about Led Sled. They probably are the motorcycle equivalent of Sportsters ‘R Us if there ever was one and that’s a good thing. Sportsters, like any Harley, can be as screaming cool or as sh*tty sh*tass as you can make them. It’s all up to you ─ your imagination, your talent, your budget, your dream. And that could include the nice fellows at Led Sled Customs, liked owner Patrick “Pat” Patterson who just might cater to your every whim as long as it doesn’t disgust them. Hey, just because Led Sled loves Sportys doesn’t mean they have to love every single one.
Published in Sportsters