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Parking Lot Bike of the week
I don’t know about you, but I truly love custom motorcycle shows especially when they’re the caliber of something like the Las Vegas BikeFest Artistry In Iron event. Once I enter the doors to a high-falutin’ event of some of the best and more importantly, imaginative, builders ever assembled, it like finally experiencing motorcycle nirvana. You never ever can be prepared for the works of art you encounter in the flesh. These bikes try to break all the standards and molds that came before them and they rarely disappoint. The sheer beauty, grace and imagination artfully integrated into a motorcycle is something that’s both appreciated and yet severely humbling to a guy like me who delusionally thinks he’s got his finger on the pulse of what’s happening.
Nice looking chop isn’t it? If I do say myself, it’s a pip! For something so traditionally built in the early part of the first century of the 3rd millennium, it looks like kinda late 2nd millennium more than anything or what we now call Old School. Unfortunately it seems everything is referred to as Old School these days whether it is metal reality or the undecipherable connection in someone’s mind saying everything they’ve done to their Street Glide or Ultra is Old School. Sometimes I get it, but most of the time I don’t see it. Olds School unfortunately gets overworked.
Published in Choppers
For a second there I thought everything I knew about Pat Patterson of Led Sled Customs in Dayton, Ohio, was wrong. From the “Led Sled Customs” label on Jack’s photo gallery of today’s feature bike and what appeared to be a Panhead from the man who’s completely dedicated himself and his company solely to turning out one knockout Sportster build after another, why a Panhead? Quickly gazing down, I could see it was a good old Sportster Evo motor and not a real Panhead. I should have known that the Sportster gods wouldn’t turn their back on their beloved Harley of choice.
Published in Sportsters
Yup, that’s a famous quote from one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century, the late great Yogi Berra. I’ve always been a fan of his quotes more than a fan of his base ball career. Oh you probably know a lot of them already like “The future ain’t what it used to be” or “When you come to a fork in the road … take it” or my favorite “I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.” Yeah old Yogi told it like he thought it was and his quote used in the title exactly explains my feelings when I saw this bike show up in our photo galleries. It felt like déjà vu all over again.
Published in Non V-Twins
Even though we feature a lot of over-the-top custom baggers on Barnett’s Magazine Online that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a nicely modified stocker whenever we run into one. Quite the opposite, in fact we’d love to feature but we just don’t run into them very often. And, it doesn’t have to be a typical Harley-Davidson Big Twin touring model either. A thoughtful approach to a custom bagger that you’d never lose in that mythical lost parking lot of full of Harleys while still having all the desirability of a road machine first and a custom a close second. That’s exactly what this nicely customized Sportster built by Chris Eder and Brice "Bacon" Terry, Bruce Downs, Jason Clement, and Brad Whitfield, looks like to me.
Published in Modified Stockers
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.
Some styles never go out of style no matter what. Whether you or I or anybody else personally likes that style as it pertains to motorcycles has little or nothing to do with it. It becomes a recognizable style that just is. A perfect example of this is the work of the late, great Indian Larry. His motorcycles are not only a style of their own, but a style icon for all time like a dead-stock ’65 Harley FLH or a ’63 split-window Sting Ray or a P-51 Mustang. Iconic style is something that’s always a visual pleasure and fresh regardless of its age.
As promised in some of the previous Jack Cofano articles on Myrtle Beach Bike Week 2016 that we’ve run this week, here’s a taste of what’s going on in the wonderful world of custom motorcycles. Baggers are still the muse of choice for builders and customers alike with each new build just pushing the custom envelope a bit at a time. I see a lot of buzz on the Internet that their time has come and gone, but you’d never ever know it by the proliferation of high-tech, high-style, and high-cost baggers at every show we cover. It’s only fair then that the first bike we’ve singled out just happens to be a custom bagger.
Not only is it a Road King, but it’s a 2016 Harley-Davidson Road King. The real thing, but it isn’t anymore as far as I’m concerned after the crew at Misfit Industries in Addison, Texas, got their hands on it. Mercy me, there’s not a bag in sight for one thing and there’s a damn good reason for that as it’s a showcase for Misfit Industries Patent Pending new monoshock rear suspension and revised bolt-on frame section to accommodate the whole kit and caboodle of parts. Man, that’s a mouthful, but so isn’t the idea of converting a touring frame to a Softail or café monoshock version.
Published in Modified Stockers
One thing Texans never get tired of hearing is that things are always bigger in Texas. I know I take it as a compliment. Everything including custom Harley-Davidson baggers like this stunning 2012 Road King built by the lads at All Star Baggers in Dallas, Texas, are bigger, badder, and more bagger for the buck even if it’s Texas-sized bucks. Even though this Road King started off as a standard issue base black FLHR, there’s not a lick of its OEM DNA on show except for the engine and even that doesn’t look like anything out of York. This baby is Texas badass wrapped up in a bagger that’ll swivel your head to take a look before your mind even registers it. It’s that striking in person.
Published in Baggers