One thing that’s surprised me quite a bit lately are the lack of custom Harley-Davidson Softails or even aftermarket frame Softails. These were once the absolute darling of ground-up builders as well as Motor Company-based builds as well as all the “custom production bike builders” like Big Dog, Titan, what have you. Somewhere along the way they just quietly disappeared from the market including Harley’s models other than the occasional Heritage Classic that I see. Baggers and bobbers have ruled the custom world with no signs of abating soon. 
Published in Modified Stockers
   Not everybody is rolling in dough these days even though things have been on the up and up economically for a while now. Sometimes things just run a bit tight now for a lot of us who do their best to get by, but aren’t flush with cash or credit as they once were. Just because you don’t have access to huge funds doesn’t mean you can’t have a custom bike that’ll bring on the eyeballs while actually functioning as daily transportation. Sure, some of it may come down to how much work you (or your friends) are capable of, but even then there are ways to build a hot rod runabout you’d be proud to call your own.
Published in Sportsters
   There you are sitting in the sand with more sand blown up all around you by the ocean wind giving you a light, even coating like a piece of fried chicken on top of your newly applied sun block. With no room to spare on your Harley, you’ve come to the beach in the most minimalist way possible. You, a towel and something to drink. Hey, it’s still cool in its own strange way, but a little more comfort and accommodation would go a long way.
Published in Trikes, Etc.
  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
     Oh man, here we go again dancing a fine line between getting Barnett’s Magazine Online’s pixel boy, Jack Cofano, upset over previous Bling’s Cycles’ article with a totally fabricated (by me) title declaring Jack to be a Bling’s fanboy extraordinaire and telling the truth. As usual, the truth does not matter so I’ll let Jack-O off the hook and say he’s just a “fan” of Bling’s Cycles and leave it at that. Except there is that little thing of his about all-white bikes and he does love a good manly chopper that will get him noticed by all the ladies and this stunningly clean Panhead fits the bill on all counts. There, I’ve made my official apology but I’m not convinced.
Published in Bobbers
   So you’ve finally got your Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra and it’s a local knockout until you happen to be riding along one day and see yourself coming down the road in the opposite direction. It’s you, but it’s not. All of a sudden, the “uniqueness” of your triple wheel Harley isn’t quite so special anymore. Yeah, I know you paid a shipload for the privilege of getting back into the wind again on a Harley trike, but somehow it’s just not the same. So, as the old saying goes, what’s a boy to do? Well if you’re like every Harley rider who’s faced this dilemma before, you load up the money gun and get prepared to empty clip after clip until you’ve got a one-off dreamboat you can call your own.
Published in Trikes, Etc.
  Leave it to Performance Machine to build a bike just for you Dyna freaks that you can actually build for yourself. Yes sir, that’s exactly what you’re gazing at here that, surprise-surprise, is a showcase for a host of PM goodies that are possible to bolt-on to your Dyna whether en masse or on a pick and choose basis. Either way, you’ll come out ahead as Performance Machine has more than just a solid reputation in the industry; they’ve been part of the backbone of the aftermarket for what seems like an eternity now. That they can produce a lightly customized, but completely endearing FXDB that instantly grabs your attention makes for a perfect factory showcase of PM’s many aftermarket bips and bobs. 
Published in Modified Stockers
  First off, no, this is not a custom street tracker or a custom in any way as we think of now, but a factory custom from 1953. It’s also one of Harley’s least known models that often gets mixed up with Sportsters even though that model wasn’t due to debut until 1957. Back in 1952 Harley-Davidson introduced the new sporty K model to go head to head with the British bikes that were invading America at the time with many of the same innovations they brought with them. Oh, you know, things like suspension at both ends of the bike, light weight, good handling and the newest Harley-Davidson “innovation” of unitized engine construction with the engine and gearbox as one. Triumph, BSA, Norton, Matchless were put on notice that The Motor Company was not going to let this invasion go unanswered. 
Published in Racers
             Of all my stops each year, the Myrtle Beach rallies are the hardest spots to find custom bikes for my coverage. The main reason being, that there are no major bike shows in the area. Even though there is no shortage of bikes around, it’s just very hard to photograph bikes in a parking lot.
Published in 2017 EVENTS
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