There’s no gray area when it comes to radical custom baggers. It seems Harley-Davidson freaks either love them or absolutely hate them with every molecule of their being. The haters dislike the changes made for eye-grabbing looks that change up the usefulness of a Motor Company stocker as far as they see it. Can’t be ridden is the first one of the thoughts of the collective of commenters that always rises to the top of any discussion. Can’t go around corners without scraping is another and being too low to use on the street. There’s a million more, but since you already know what side you’re on, pro or con, you already know what the complaints are.
Published in Baggers
  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
Have you ever entered a contest for a motorcycle giveaway? Did you ever win? Did you ever wonder who won? Did you ever wonder where the giveaway bike ended up? If you answered “No!” to all those questions you are either a extremely practical person or you’re a liar. I mean, c’mon, who hasn’t entered a giveaway at one time or another just because you knew this was your chance to win. Somehow and for some reason or a feeling known only to you it was your chance to ride away with a free bike. But, enough time went by and you never got any winning notification and you were glad you didn’t make a big deal out of it or did you?
Published in Pro-Street
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
    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
 Barnett’s Magazine Online has always tried to be fair when it comes to showcasing custom Harley-Davidsons of any type. We’ve presented stunning hand-built customs from builders big and small and everything in between from rat bikes to trikes to baggers to retro to the totally outrageous that almost redefine custom motorcycles. Lately there’s been a lot of honest back lash and harsh language from commentators on our Barnett Harley-Davidson Facebook page concerning custom baggers and how silly, useless, stupid and what a waste of time they are. I’m not even going to go into aesthetic reviews, but suffice to say, some people just don’t get them and never will. So here’s one for you bagger haters that should be right up your tree and I’m not implying you have simian tendencies, just your own opinion tree.
Published in Ultra Customs
   Barnett’s Magazine Online’s photographer, the always lovely to children and small animals, Jack Cofano shoots hundreds and hundreds, probably thousands, of potential feature bikes for our online magazine. He hits the ground running at events and doesn’t stop clicking until he’s shot every bike that dares to come into the lens of his viewfinder. Often I’ll hear a report right after he’s back from an event when he’s deep into editing and organizing photos which is a huge task with the enormity of shots he brings home. It’ll either be “There were some really cool bikes at such-and such or I only got you a bunch of baggers.”
Published in Baggers
  Spotted and shot by Barnett’s Magazine Online’s Jack Cofano at the recent Smoke Out event, the BSA hot rod bobber you’re staring at (and I know you’ve stared at it for a bit now as you’re only human) is a peach of a bike. Plain and simple. I like it, Jack obviously liked it (he still talks about a similar BSA he owned with glazed over eyes), and you like it too and that’s okay. You don’t have to stop loving your Motor Company motorcycle in order to like this absolutely lovely BSA bobber built by Lucas Joyner, owner of The Factory Metal Works in Concord, North Carolina. Maybe the question should be, “How can you not like and appreciate a motorcycle this clean and built this well?” Answer ─ you can’t.
Published in Non V-Twins
  As I’ve written many times previously, Harley-Davidson’s FXR is my favorite Motor Company ride. This 1986 FXR, owned and built by Louie Casarez, former Corbin employee and now President and CEO of Custom Chrome in Morgan Hill, California, is quite a bike. Using parts from Mike Corbin's first Warbird and updated with contemporary aftermarket parts, it’s a road riding, personalized FXR that loves hard miles.
Published in Modified Stockers
   When it comes to custom Harleys, I’m a bit motorcycle bi-polar. I like my old Harleys rigid and raw with not one thing on them that doesn’t serve a purpose. Rough, ready, road-worthy and definitely on the loud side of loud. But give me a newer-model custom Harley and I’m the polar opposite. I like them customized yet road-worthy, not re-created into something else altogether that I wouldn’t feel comfortable riding farther than I can initially see from its parking spot.
Published in Baggers
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