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Parking Lot Bike of the week
Well it’s about damn time Barnett’s Magazine Online is featuring a custom trike and it’s even better it’s based on a Motor Company-built trike and not a conversion. We’ve been hoping to feature more custom trikes especially since the introduction of Harley-Davidson’s Tri Glide and especially the sporty Freewheeler model, but they’ve been a little far and few over the past couple of years.
Published in Modified Stockers
Man, it’s getting to be 15-years ago in the custom motorcycle world. Especially in the custom bagger segment where builders can’t seem to build a radical bagger and hold onto it for any length of time like their forbearers did with those wild and whacky rad modern choppers straight out of TV land. I couldn’t help but notice that whenever a camera went into the back rooms or outside of a TV shop, the builders seemed to have more than their fair share of on-screen builds still hanging years later. Did nobody ever really buy them? Were they ever used for something other than a vanity museum? Who knows, but I do know I never saw any on the actual street even at big events.
Every now and then you see a custom bike that looks like it should be in the current Harley-Davidson CVO lineup and this heavily customized 2009 Harley Screamin’ Eagle CVO Road Glide is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. If this was a spy shot of latest H-D factory custom, it wouldn’t surprise me at least. Sooner or later, the designers and engineers at the Willie G. Davidson Product Development Center hop on the bandwagon with a fresh burst of factory-engineered customization like this could-have-been-a-prototype/concept bike that looks ready to roll down the assembly line.
Gonna get in trouble with my little buddy Jack Cofano over jumping the gun on his always fantastic coverage of the Charlotte Easyriders Show next week, but I’m gonna take the hit with pleasure. Usually we run a few articles on the show in general as you probably know and then we feature individual bikes form the show that caught Jack’s eye. Well sorry there my North Carolina friend, but when I grabbed a glance at what I thought was a startling new concept bagger from our friends at Harley-Davidson, I couldn’t stop looking at all the photos and blowing them up to look a the detailing. Turns out, this was not a Motor Company skunk works project, but another killer custom bagger courtesy of Steve Hardy and the crew at The Bike Exchange in Gastonia, North Carolina.
The recent Harley-Davidson dealer show held in Denver to introduce the 2014 models was one of the most exciting in recent memory. By now most of you have read about all the improvements made to the touring line up: more power, improved bodywork, better braking, wind-tunnel tested vented jacket matched to the new fairing, etc. But there was more going on at that meeting which genuinely excited the dealer network.
Published in 2013 Events
When in doubt, bagger it out. There seems to be no slowdown in the custom bagger market even though you’d think we’d reached some kind of saturation point with the huge number of expensive custom baggers you see at shows, online, and in print. Nope, the interest remains surprisingly high with an audience that oftentimes turns fickle at the drop of a hat (what does that mean?) when something has kinda run its course.
When it comes to custom motorcycles, some people just know exactly what they want and exactly what they have to do to get it. Take the man in the photo with the satisfied look on his face for instance known in his hometown of Nederland, Texas, as Tanner McClung. He’s one of those guys that had a plan and executed it to his own idea of perfection.
As we all know, appearances can be deceiving. Nobody knows that better than the captain of the German submarine U-36 who thought he had found easy prey in the form of an English coastal freighter plodding along called Prince Charles. After scoping it out, he apparently thought there was no sense wasting valuable torpedoes on an unarmed freighter and surfaced to make an easy kill with his deck gun. Unfortunately for him and his crew, the “freighter” was a top secret Q-ship, a merchant vessel with concealed heavy armament. The crew of Prince Charles promptly removed the coverings over their guns and blasted the sub into oblivion. I can only imagine the sub captain’s final thoughts must have been, “What the …?”