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Every year I can’t wait for The Horse Backstreet Choppers Smoke Out Rally even though I’ve never been to it. But, our intrepid photographer, Jack Cofano, always does and brings back wonderful photos of bikes built by owners who don’t give a damn about any newfangled trend. They build the bikes the way they see them in their head with imagination, old parts and usually extremely good taste. Possibly the best part is that there’s not a big-wheeled peacock bagger within a hundred miles of the Smoke Out camp. The bikes are just cool, often Old School, and have the ability to never get lost in a crowd. Plus they’re all riders of one sort or another. You can’t ask for more than that.
My name is Peter Ström and I am 54-years-old from Stockholm, Sweden. I have a few bike-builds behind me – I built my wife’s FXR trike, a Sportster chopper to myself and a Sportster bobber with a lot of engraving on for my daughter. Every one of them has been well appreciated and featured in a number of custom motorcycle magazines around the world.
Published in Sportsters
Just when you thought you had a handle on what’s going on, the definition of things can change in the blink of an eye. Take for example the recent goings on with Olympic gold medal winner, Bruce Jenner. I rest my case. Things are not always as they seem when you tweak a little something here and a little something there and all of a sudden, you have a new category of life. Same things can happen in the wonderful world of custom motorcycles and the bike before you crosses the line just enough to change what category you might put it in.
When somebody mentions “custom Panhead” the first image that comes to mind is retro chopper with all the fixings like a chrome springer, peanut tank, apes, sissy bar, extrovert exhaust, and a dazzling paintjob involving many different techniques before the final pinstripe is laid on. But that’s all in the extremely recent past after I took a peek through the Jack Cofano-supplied photo gallery accompanying this article. This is one sexy café racer/street tracker/drag racer hot rod of a Harley-Davidson Panhead. I just love this bike and am not afraid to state that even though it probably falls out of the spectrum of what Panhead freaks lean towards.
The long winters in Ontario, Canada, have produced another fine specimen of Canadian retro love on two wheels that really brings the new to Old School, but with a lot of thoughtful respect. I really don’t know much about the owner, William Burgess of Fenwick, Ontario, other than his for show bikes from the ‘70s, but looking at this bike I can see where he’s coming from. Somewhere in his past, he must have become quite enamored of the work of a young lad named Arlen Ness. Not that this a copy of anything Ness in particular, but it sure gives the feeling that William was channeling the Dublin, California, legend to the point that if somebody told me Arlen built it, I wouldn’t be surprised.
Published in Choppers
Old School, Old School, Old School. I hear it all the time from people describing their custom bikes. “It’s got an Old School look.” It’s got an Old School feel.” It’s got Old School paint.” “It’s got Old School touches.” Whatever. If I let my imagination really go wild, I can see what they’re trying to intimate to me, but often what they’re talking about is a personalized late model Harley-Davidson like a Road King with a fishtail exhaust and some pinstriping or a Sportster with very tall ape hangers and short header wrap open headers. Not exactly what I think of when I think Old School, but what do I know anyway?
Published in Choppers
By now, anybody who’s reading this has either been to a Rat’s Hole Show or wishes they had. For the past 40-years, the Smith family has been knocking ‘em dead year after year in Daytona and other venues with custom bike shows that are second to none. And, Ted Smith (Chief Rat according to his business card) and crew will be continuing this tradition with the upcoming 41st annual Rat’s Hole Show on March 16, 2013 during Daytona Bike Week. Go to Bike Week and not attend (and thoroughly enjoy) the Rat’s Hole Show? You’d have to be certifiably insane. Using Rat’s Hole as an personal excuse to get off your butt this winter and go to Daytona? Obviously you’re an extremely smart and probably a very good looking person.