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Parking Lot Bike of the week
Hey all you big wheel bagger haters, before you go all crazy and just write this off as one more custom big wheel bagger, take a closer look. There is a lot more going on here than meets the eye. As for you big wheel bagger lovers, there’s quite a different approach being taken leaving off possibly the most important element a radical big-wheel bagger offers, the paintjob.
There’s being seen and then there’s really being seen. This radical Road King is probably just a tiny step even above that as you couldn’t miss this baby if you sincerely tried. You could try averting your eyes if baggers are your thing, but there’s no way you could walk by this bike and not check it out. Extreme custom baggers are hard to miss and that’s exactly what their owners want. They want to be seen, noticed and hopefully admired. You don’t build or won one of these bikes if you’re the shrinking violet type as people will want to check out its owner as much as the bike itself. Yup, it’s all about attention and this custom Road King has a lock on peoples’ eyes whenever they see it.
It may be a little early to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but everybody knows how celebratory we Irish are so showcasing a bright green custom bagger calls for a toast to the owner, Kevin Ellis, for making this possible. On St. Patrick’s Day, everybody talks about having a wee bit of Irish in them, but with a bagger so green and over the top, it’d be St. Patrick’s Day every day of the year. Plus, this one bike alone trolling down the street could be enough entertainment to satisfy any St. Patty’s parade crowd. I know I’d be off the side cheering and clapping as it rolled by satisfied by what the parade organizers came up with.
Woo wee, now ain’t that something? This may just be the most aerodynamically sleek looking custom bagger Barnett’s Magazine Online has ever featured. If you haven’t already, go check out Jack Cofano’s always amazing photos and see for yourself what a different custom bagger trip is going on here. It’s so smooth and flowing you might not catch all the little details that make this a special custom bagger. I know this may sound a bit strange, but there’s some really sophisticated design going on here that sets this bagger apart from the usual big wheel fiberglass-enhanced custom baggers we often feature.
So, I’m having a little trouble defining exactly what a custom bagger is especially when it comes to Harley-Davidson Road Kings. It seems as though you can take a lot of extra liberties starting with an FLHR after everything it came with other than a good portion of the frame and the basic drive train compared to anything else with fairings, audio systems, and whatever else gets installed on a custom dash. When I see a custom Road King like this beauty from Timeless Bike Designs in Mesa, Arizona, that Barnett’s photographer and man-about-town, Jack Cofano, found parked on a street outside the Artistry and Iron Show in Las Vegas. When does a radically customized bagger cross over from being some form of an established model and into chopperdom?
Well it’s finally become the season to be jolly and I’m not referring to Christmas. Yes, mi amigos, it’s football season and we’re right in the middle of it. The most important aspect of it is that my team is winning like hell and, like I said, that’s all that matters. Yeah, my boy Tom had to miss the first four games, but he’s on a roll hopefully straight to the Super Bowl LI in Houston February fifth. There are some other kinda good quarterbacks strewn around the league and I’m told by others who care that Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers is one of them. Even though I’m not familiar with his accomplishments, the name rings a bell.
Slurping down my first sip of black coffee as my computer fires up quicker than my sleepy composition does, I check my email and happen to notice one from my boss and longtime friend, Mark Barnett. It’s one of those sent in the middle of the night which makes me wonder if he ever sleeps so I immediately open it and read. It’s a short demanding message seeking info on a single photo of a bike attached. It was one shot included in with many others of the bikes doing the Hot Bike Magazine Tour and he demanded to see more of this particular one. Unfortunately Barnett’s photo guy, Jack Cofano, hadn’t loaded a gallery of this bike yet so no can do ─ until now.
Man, featuring one outrageously cool Azzkikr custom bagger after another is getting to be such a regular thing here at Barnett’s Magazine Online that we either should send Azzkikr’s Len Edmondson a bill for advertising or, just change our name to Azzkikr Fanboys Online. I guess that’s what happens when you can’t not feature a bike from a builder you’ve done many times before. Of course, the reason that happens so often is that Len keeps turning out custom baggers that are not only beautiful and extremely well built, but engineering masterpieces. Plus he loves his horsepower and that counts for a lot to us. Crazy cool and crazy quick always grabs our attention every time ─ especially when it’s done tastefully.
Published in Modified Stockers
Custom motorcycle builders have a lot in common with restaurant chefs. They both try to figure out a menu of various items to be made using only the best ingredients along with skill and experience only someone dedicated to their craft would try and bring to the table. The long hours of hard work and often tough work conditions are obstacles they meet and defeat to put out a meal or a motorcycle they’re proud of and also hope to make a living from so they can do it again and again and again. Even if they don’t exactly love what they do anymore, they’re driven to keep trying to outdo themselves day after day and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
The line between custom baggers and choppers is getting a bit blurred for me even though I’ve never had a hard time distinguishing between the two. My simplified view was that anything that looks like the late, great David Mann drew it is definitely in the chopper class and anything that has hard bags is a custom bagger. Lately, though, this simple definition has been pushed by builders like Chris Eder of Misfit Industries in Addison, Texas, to where I’m not sure there shouldn’t be a chopper/bagger classification. Misfit Industries has been on a run of custom baggers where the bags are becoming just a nice touch on something that has serious chopper in its bagger heart.
Published in Modified Stockers