Have you noticed a little new trend sneaking into the custom motorcycle world over the past year? Nope it’s not big wheel baggers as that is too obvious. I’d tell you to guess again, but that’s too annoying so I’ll just go ahead and say my piece. In the scheme of things, big wheels on baggers is nothing new these days. The demand for them seems to be ongoing with no signs of their popularity fading even though they’ve been built in just about every design and style. And, yes, it’s all about the front wheels. Bigger is always better isn’t it?
Published in Choppers
  Yep, it’s one more shrimp on the Smoke Out barbie with an owner we couldn’t make contact with, but at least we have his name and we know what state he’s from. Hey, at least it’s a step in the right direction and hopefully North Carolinian, Travis Collins, gets to see Jack Cofano’s pics of his spiffy custom Sporty online.
Published in Modified Stockers
  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
     No, no, no, Jackie boy, not that kind of twins, but twin cylinder motorcycles with a definite preference towards older twins like Shovelhead and Panhead Harley-Davidsons with a smattering of Triumphs thrown in for good measure. Kyle’s been a busy boy at his Dallas, Texas, shop called Shadetree Fabrications knocking out one knockout after another. Where he really grabs my attention other than the fact that he’s been winning show award after show award is the diverse types and styles of bikes he builds. Obviously the guy’s not only got talent and imagination, but he’s got a work ethic that probably doesn’t allow for too much time sitting on a couch watching TV like the rest of us spuds. Hey, maybe that’s why his brain still works so well.
Published in Non V-Twins
  Probably the most common and absolutely overused term in custom motorcycles is Old School. It seems to be everybody’s design/period reference point when they say their bike is pure Old School or has Old School touches or it’s a modern version of Old School or whatever, you get the drift. Since it’s always Old School something or other, I’ve decided that the radical custom you’re looking at here would probably fall into New/Old School when it was originally built, but is now Old/New/Old School. Man, with the speed style changes today, if you want to ride the trend wave with your toes hanging off the front of the board, you better have deep pockets and a calm demeanor.
Published in Ultra Customs
   If I had to guess (and I do), I’d say that Paul Ponkow does not give a damn what you think of his bike he calls Black Rainbow. Anybody who has such a perfect single vision of the motorcycle custom past can’t be bothered by with the “Why…” or “How come…” questions that I’m sure he has to put up with whenever he engages the general public at a motorcycle show. You know, the “How come you used a Triumph engine instead of a Harley?” or “Why is the tank molded into the frame?” or whatever silly question Paul never thought he’d have to answer. Matter of fact, the first couple of motorcycle people I showed photos of this bike to curiously (to me) said, “What’s that thing?” and they really meant it. Nothing was ringing a bell to them, but that’s what happens when you go knocking around in the past.
Published in Ultra Customs
  Like the say about the lottery, you can’t win if you don’t play. Lionel Bosse came to play with his feature bike submission to Barnett’s Magazine Online and won. No, not the lottery, that would be too easy, but a chance to show the world what he’s done to his 2011 Street Bob. Oh, and yeah, if you didn’t know or at least guess this bike was formerly a Street Bob, don’t feel bad. No one I showed the photos to did either although the exposed twin shocks are a dead giveaway it’s from some part of the rubber-mount big block family.
Published in Modified Stockers
   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
Nothing says more about a builder than what he’s built for himself. Sure there are builders that might just hop on one of their wild and whacky-doodle spec bikes if they have to take an occasional ride, but for the builder who hasn’t forgotten his roots and still enjoys riding for the sake of riding, their personal ride really tells all you need to know. Bill Schalk of Spitfire Customs in Hamilton, Ohio, falls into the latter category with his Kandy Green budget street bomber called Youth ‘n Wisdom. “I truly love to ride, if it’s not raining, I’m riding my bike. We try to build bikes differently than what a lot of guys in the area do. We try not to overdo it,” said Bill. “I’m so used to seeing all the long bikes in the area like the Big Dogs and American IronHorses and stuff like that. I wanted to do something short and fat, and something that had a lot of power.” Taking a glance at the finished product, there’s no doubt that for Bill, fat is where it’s at.
Published in Bobbers