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Parking Lot Bike of the week
So we’ve caught your attention, huh? I thought so. Here’s a custom big wheel bagger you couldn’t miss if you tried and, for once, it has nothing to do with wheel size. There it was sitting seaside at last year’s Boardwalk Show in Daytona Beach when Barnett’s Magazine Online’s photographer extraordinaire captured it in digital form when it wasn’t looking. Everyone who came anywhere near it was, though, as this is one build that seems to have a lot to say.
Sometimes things are not what they seem and in the case of the 2007 Harley-Davidson Road King you’re looking at you’d be easily excused if you thought this was a fresh as a daisy custom bagger build. It’s crisp and clean and looks as up to date for a radical build as anything done within the last month. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on your point of view, this custom Road King first hit the road a good four years ago, yet looks yesterday fresh.
Even if you’re not a big shopper of which I have to plead guilty, a two-for-one sale will always grab your attention. Paying the price for one thing and getting another just for the hell of it always appeals to even the non-shoppers. Can you imagine the astute shoppers that would come out of the woodwork if Harley-Davidson announced a twofer? The crowds forming outside Barnett Harley-Davidson or any other dealer would not be able to be controlled as even any police detail would be short with any officers standing in line to get their two-fer. Well that’s a fantasy for sure, but the two-for-one Road Glide you’re looking at is the real deal.
Published in Modified Stockers
Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in all the hubbub of what constitutes a custom bagger these days. Does it really need a 30-inch front wheel and bulbously beautiful bodywork to be classified as a true custom or have we just got jaded if we see anything less? Does it need to drop to its knees anytime it’s parked? Does it have to have an audio system good enough for a concert hall? Yeah, maybe, it does if you’re first priority for your bagger is the show circuit, but that’s not what everyone is after in a custom bagger. A lot of people want good looks matched with custom bits and pieces that will make them stand out from the crowd, but still want the everyday rideability/go anywhere traits of why they bought it in the first place.
Published in Choppers
The last thing I want to do is piss off a builder with an off-the-cuff remark that’s just my opinion. It’s easy to do in the World Wide Web we live in where a comment can often be interpreted in a completely different way than it was meant. When I first saw this custom bagger what immediately came to mind was ribbon candy. Oh, you know that vile stuff that no one eats more than one bite off at Christmastime and never touches again. What gets everybody to ever try it is that it’s so damn beautiful with color combos and a glossy candy finish you don’t find just about anywhere else. I wanted to use ribbon candy in the title, but I was hesitant to mention the connection to the worst tasting candy ever.
There seems to be no gray area, no middle ground when it comes to radical custom baggers. Over the years we’ve watched bagger front wheels grow from a 21-inch size that seemed pretty damn radical when a stock Harley-Davidson bagger came with a massive 16-inch front wheel. Would it handle? Would there be any downsides? Well, before you knew it, there was a 23, then a 26 and finally a 30-inch front wheel. Phew! That’s a big jump in a relatively short time. But wait, there’s more ─ just when you think it’s over, along comes a 32-incher. Is it finally over?
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
Barnett’s Magazine Online’s photographer, the always lovely to children and small animals, Jack Cofano shoots hundreds and hundreds, probably thousands, of potential feature bikes for our online magazine. He hits the ground running at events and doesn’t stop clicking until he’s shot every bike that dares to come into the lens of his viewfinder. Often I’ll hear a report right after he’s back from an event when he’s deep into editing and organizing photos which is a huge task with the enormity of shots he brings home. It’ll either be “There were some really cool bikes at such-and such or I only got you a bunch of baggers.”
It’s a rare day that I like a theme bike after the deluge of television theme bikes that stretched the very idea of theme bikes until they frankly sucked. Bolting on whatever doo-dads or references relating to the company sponsor along with slap-in-your-face style points just doesn’t do it for me. The made-for-TV commercialism is too predictable and boring. But every now and then somebody builds a bike with a theme instead of being a theme and knocks it out of the park on all counts. It doesn’t happen very often, but there are always exceptions to the rule. Phoenix, Arizona-based Azzkikr Custom Baggers’ Cadillac bike is one of them.
Looks can be a bit deceiving on a first glance. Case in point, this lovely custom 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Glide owned by Fernand Francoeur of Saint-Eustache, Quebec, that at my first glance gave me the impression of a very nicely duded-out FLTR. It’s nothing too-too crazy, but a well-done custom bagger that is our Canadian friend’s personalized pride and joy. After seeing a lot of shock and awe, shoot-for-the-moon custom baggers, it’s nice to check out something that might not be our own exact cup of tea, but it’s in the ballpark on so many fronts it definitely is something worth checking out.