Some builders’ bikes become more than just one more custom ─ they become a brand cementing a look that you can tell who built it in a nanosecond or so. For example, picture an Indian Larry or an Exile Cycles build in your head and you’ll know what I’m trying to get at. There’s a definite distinctive-style going on, but no two bikes are the same. But you know one when you see one. There’s nothing wrong with that at all as it’s not just doing the same thing over and over, but it’s an aesthetic that the builders truly live by. And just because I said they become a brand, it’s got nothing to do without selling out. They build what they see in their head and trends have nothing to do with it.
Published in Ultra Customs
   Best to clear the air with a minor bit of disclosure relating to how I’m a completely biased fan of everything and anything to come out of Prism Supply in Stanley, North Carolina. There, I’ve said it so if you don’t want to hear a lot of embarrassing gushing on my part, just click over to Jack Cofano’s photo gallery and enjoy yourself in peace and quiet. If not, hang in there and I’ll try to show why I’m such a fan of the two brothers, Zack and Jake Hindes, who are a couple of extremely talented young builders with the design aesthetic of a couple of Old School builders back in the day.
Published in Choppers
  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.
Published in Baggers
    Have you ever seen anything like this unbelievably radical ride? I know I haven’t even though I’ve seen some wild rides in my time. Sure, some of that early Arlen Ness stuff was way-way out there, but nothing is or was quite as over-the-top as this two-wheeled stretch limo for one. Man, that’s a l-o-o-n-g bike with just about everything covered in bodywork but those triple velocity-stacks on S&S Super B carbs sticking out of that wave of bodywork engulfing the bad ass 103-inch 1976 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead engine. There’s a whole lot going on here, but I don’t know exactly what it is, do you Mr. Jones?
Published in Ultra Customs
   So, if you’re tuning in and maybe didn’t catch yesterday’s article of the top ten sales of the Mecum Motorcycle Auction in Las Vegas this past January 25-28, you can always time travel back to yesterday via the Internet and read about those six-figure or close-to-it vintage bikes. Today, though, we’ll look at bikes that struck my fancy. Yes, it’s that simple a judging on my part with no pretense as being the absolute best buys or perfectly correct and ready for professional judging. There certainly was a lot to like and you can see them all on www.mecum.com if that’d be more interesting than my choices. Up to you, I’m just plowing ahead and hoping for the best.
Published in 2017 EVENTS
  I don’t know about you, but I love watching the big time auto and motorcycle auctions on TV. I DVR them all so I don’t miss a thing, but there is a big difference on how I view them. I fast forward through a lot of the car auctions because there are so many cars I just am not the least bit curious about. Sometimes I think I’ve seen every 1969 Camaro ever made cross the block and there’s nothing more to see and others like a 1954 Mercury Monterey just have zero interest. Or it’s some obscure 1920s make that they only made 200 of before closing the factory and the reason for that was they just weren’t interesting even when new. Motorcycle auctions, on the other hand, I never ever fast forward through as every single one of them interests me. Every single one.
Published in 2017 EVENTS
  Before you read one more word you must check out Jack Cofano’s photo gallery of this stunning ’48 Panhead to have the slightest chance to understand where this is all going. Go ahead, I’ll wait . . . Alrighty then, you’re back and I’m sure you had your eyeballs doing the eyeball dance over that graffiti/comic book-style Day of the Dead-inspired paintjob. Yes sir, it’s quite a duesy and worth taking the time to really check out as perfect image symmetry is not what this paintjob is about. The approach the artist took in both style and technique are different than the typical work of art airbrushing than can often duplicate the quality of a perfect digital photo. Something different is going on here but I don’t know what it is. Do you, Mr. Jones?
Published in Bobbers
   A little over three decades ago I was taking a whiz when I casually looked out the bathroom window and saw flames coming from under the closed hood of my room mate’s car. It had been sitting there all day when it just decided to spontaneously combust. I yelled out to my room mate, Eddie, to “Call the f**king fire department!” as I was still caught up in what I was doing at the time. When he asked me the proverbial “Why?” through the closed bath room door, I answered while zipping up, “Cause your f**king piece of shit car is on fire! Just call!”
Published in V-Rod®
   You know it’s absolutely criminal how some people treat their bikes. I mean, who hasn’t seen a nice late model bike that looks like it spent its life being hated instead of loved? Somehow it’s especially hard to take when it’s a Harley-Davidson that’s someone’s used and abused. It’s its own form of mechanical domestic violence, but unlike the other abuse which has none, it has its good points. Many an unwitting owner has provided the fodder for a nice custom build and that’s exactly what we’ve got here.
Published in Sportsters
   Sometimes the story going on behind a motorcycle build is just about as interesting as a beautiful build. Take this retro-modern 1998 Harley-Davidson built by Prism Supply Co. for instance. It’s a clean build using relatively modern bits to make an Old School statement without trying to be the poster bike for that period. When I look at it I see the silhouette of custom bikes that I saw being actively ridden on the street back in the day more than any radical Arlen Ness creation you saw in magazines. In making a more timely reference, it’s more Billy Bike than Captain America and I always liked Billy’s better anyway. It’s a classic chopper profile that’s probably close to what somebody might draw if they were told to sketch a chopper. It’s a nice modern ride with historical style points as part of the deal.
Published in Bobbers
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