As we all know from checking out Barnett’s Magazine Online, custom Harleys come in all shapes, styles and colors from Sportsters to big wheel baggers and everything in between. It does seem like the Softail Harleys have fallen a little out of favor for custom baggers, but it wasn’t always that way. Not too long ago Softails were the go-to bike for customizing from mild to wild. Yeah, Motor Company Softails prevailed until the big front wheel became the dominant style point of the custom world. 
Published in Modified Stockers
   “What a freakin’ nice bike!” rolled through my head when I saw this Sportster hot rod bobber. Built by none other than Pat Patterson and the talented crew of hardcore Harley-Davidson Sportster fanatics at Led Sled Customs in Dayton, Ohio, it’s not a big surprise if you’ve followed the constant rise of Led Sled into the dominant, yet honest value builder of one Sportster after another that you just might kill for. A walk around this bike dares you to get on, get it on, hang on, and keep doing it ‘til the tiny, but effectively stunning ex-Husqvarna gas tank runs empty.  
Published in Choppers
   “What a freakin’ nice bike” rolled through my head when I saw this Sportster hot rod bobber. Built by none other than Pat Patterson and the talented crew of hardcore Sportster fanatics at Led Sled Customs in Dayton, Ohio, it’s not a big surprise if you’ve followed the constant rise of Led Sled into the dominant, yet honest value builder of one Sportster after another that you just might kill for. A walk around this bike dares you to get on, get it on, hang on, and keep doing it ‘til the tiny, but stunning ex-Husqvarna gas tank runs empty.  
Published in Sportsters
  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
Some people just have perseverance in spades. As a good example of what I’m talking about, all I’d have to do is point out the custom motorcycle builders of Ohio who never gave up during extremely harsh economic times in the Rust Belt they had to work around. They’re people who’ve worked smart and hard as well as with each other at their jobs which also happened to be their passion. I’d like to think they’re all been a big part of the prosperity that the state of Ohio has become. They’ve also become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to steel-is-real custom motorcycles.
Published in Sportsters
   Man-o-man is it getting harder to write anything else about Pat Patterson and Led Sled Customs without having to wipe the drool of my mouth after staring at Jack Cofano’s lovely pics of this clearly raw sled. Over the years Barnett’s Magazine Online has done a half-a-dozen or more features about the über-talented lads working out of Dayton, Ohio, and at the rate they turn out one completely different Harley-Davidson Sportster custom after another, there’ll be a lot more to come. Like all of us here at Barnett’s, Led Sled loves its Sportys and if you’re a Sporty freak too, they’re a damn fine choice to check out before you do a thing to yours. 
Published in Bobbers
  Okay, okay, back to a bit of Harley reality with this fetching rendition of Jim Bortles’ take on a Sportster that willingly trespasses on Harley-Davidson’s recent highly successful Dark Custom series, but with a twist of brass. Actually, that’s a misnomer as Harley is the one who’s trespassing on a look that pro and amateur builders have been doing for years. Yes, Harley did capitalize on murdering out their various models to bring them in line with the hipsters, but builders like Jim Bortles, owner of The Chopper Farm in Waxhaw, North Carolina, are always way ahead of the production bike curve and this Sporty is just one more example. Dark and brassy always has its own appeal and you have to admit this 2002 Sporty wears it well.  
Published in Modified Stockers
    “What a freakin’ nice bike” rolled through my head when I saw this Sportster hot rod bobber. Built by none other than Pat Patterson and the talented crew of hardcore Sportster fanatics at Led Sled Customs in Dayton, Ohio, it’s not a big surprise if you’ve followed the constant rise of Led Sled into the dominant, yet honest value builder of one Sportster after another that you just might kill for. A walk around this bike dares you to get on, get it on, hang on, and keep doing it ‘til the tiny, but effectively stunning ex-Husqvarna gas tank runs empty.  
Published in Bobbers
 Even though we haven’t featured a bike from one of the most prolific builders out there in a while, it’s not like we haven’t mentioned them over and over again because we have. Hey wait a minute, how can that be you say?
Published in Sportsters
   Lord knows you gotta be careful attempting anything with the Old School look in mind as your starting point and hopefully, your ending point. There are just so many liberties you can take without breaking so many unwritten, but well-known rules of Old School that you end up with something that resembles a jumble ‘o ideas bitsa bike. You know, from the front it looks like . . . , but from the back it looks like . . . In actuality it looks like nothing in particular, like a bad meal.
Published in Modified Stockers
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