T.D. Ward has his own view of what he likes built into every bike he builds regardless of what’s hot and what’s not. He builds them the way he sees them and he builds them the way he likes them. A few years ago, bobbers became the newest hot commodity (before baggers took over) and most people sorta drifted away from fat tire customs you saw all over TV for the puppy-like cuteness and riding fun of bobbers. Bobbers of the day featured small-inch engines and small tires and a whole lot of simplicity. But, as you can easily see, Mr. Ward put his own twist on what he felt bobbers could and should be.
Published in Bobbers
We’ve all had “the perfect custom bike” stuck in our head that we would’ve liked to build or wished we at least owned, but never got to. That doesn’t mean we’ve given up yet, but we’re only waiting for that right time and/or financial windfall to pop up. Yes sir, we’ve got the best taste and ideas and unfortunately are only lacking the skill and money to show the world what perfection really is. Usually it’s vintage-based around a Flathead, a Knucklehead, a Panhead, a Shovelhead, or even one of the combos you can make out of these lovely engines, but everyone’s got their perfect mill running around in their head. A few of us are lucky as hell to actually take that mental image sometimes called “brain pictures” and turn it into a living and breathing (I think so anyway) mental motorcycle.  Ray Lianes of Cutler Bay, Florida, is one of those guys with this retro 1959 Harley-Davidson Panhead chop that looks like it might be straight from the late ‘60s or early ‘70s.
Published in Bobbers
  Building an American V-twin custom is always going to be a major pastime of any professional builder like Lee Wimmer, owner of Wimmer Cycles in Murrels Inlet, South Carolina, who has graced both the pages of the print and online editions of Barnett’s Magazine many, many times. Lee’s not only well known for his huge array of high- performance custom intakes, but is such an accomplished and prolific builder that he’s been inducted into the International Master Bike Builders Association (IMBBA) Hall of Fame. After knocking out just about every variation of V-twin possible, I guess it was time for Lee to think outside the V-twin box and do something different.
Published in Non V-Twins