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A lot of builders of show bikes go out of their way trying to make you believe their over-the-top builds are street rides underneath. Sometimes this is actual fact and others, not so much. Hey there’s nothing wrong with building a show-only bike in my personal rules of life book. But to try and pass something off as a bike to hop on down to the local cantina on more than one time can be a bit too much to take. They were really not built for that and could wear their showiness off in short order too.
Once upon a time the gold standard was something that specifically meant currency or money as we like to call it was backed by a fixed amount of gold. Paper money could be exchanged for precious metal even although it was silver and not gold, though. Still, the gold standard even after it was dropped in the 1930s has always referred to something that has great value based on more than just paper.
Barnett’s Magazine Online has featured quite a few bikes, especially custom baggers, with tattoo-inspired paintjobs. Some have even honestly looked like the real thing while others, not so much. A paintjob not matter how good, though, is not the real thing. If you want to give your bike a tattoo or two, the only real motorcycle tattoo is metal engraving in my opinion. Needless to say, the Panhead engine and just about any other aluminum part found on this bike went under the engraver’s knife, so to speak.
Sometimes it doesn’t take too much to lose interest in checking out a chopper. Could be a color you hate or a style you don’t care for or maybe just finding out what you thought was something is not that something at all. There’s also a good chance finding the deep, dark secret doesn’t mean a thing to you either. I think that’s exactly the case you’re looking at here.
Does a nicely built custom grab you by the whatever-you-got when you least expect it? That’s exactly what happened to me when I saw this retro-custom that I just had to check out in detail even though I’m not in the market for something like this. In the real world, probably a lot of you aren’t either, but we can dream can’t we? I certainly can.
If it wasn’t for the splash of red fencing behind this grab-me-by-my-heartstrings Panhead bobber, it could be a long lost shot in black and white from the days when film ruled the photo world and the only computers were in a huge defense building. We’ve had a strong run of Harley-Davidson Panhead customs recently and by the looks of what Jack Cofano shot at the recent Smoke Out 18, you’d think that there might be more of them today than when they were first built. I dig old B&W photos of old Harleys and this build and the setting almost make it appear that somebody figured out how to roll back time.
You know you learn something everyday whether you want to or not. Today, surprisingly, it was something I guess I should have known considering it involves adult beverages. I enjoy a good James Bond martini from time to time and occasionally I’ll ask for it “dirty” which just means adding a bit of olive juice to the mix for a different flavor. I never thought about it much as I just pour some straight out of the jar the olives came in. But, here’s where it gets tricky, in a bar, they have bottles of just olive juice minus the olives.
Everybody knows all about Kryptonite and how it can be fairly dangerous for Superman to be around if Superman actually was around. If the man of steel is exposed to Kryptonite, he loses all his strength, goes weak in the knees and, well, you can guess the rest. Surprisingly, Panheads are my Kryptonite. Whenever I get close to one I too get weak in the knees and begin breathing hard. Yup, like a lot of you Panheads are my Kryptonite and always will be.
If you asked just about any in-the-know Harley freak in the know what special model they dream of owning someday I don’t think it would be anything from Y2K on up. Yeah, the new Harley-Davidsons have gotten to be better and better with each passing year, but they would be more on a wish list versus a dream bike. Dream bikes are something are something to unabashedly lust for and usually involve something vintage. Although a Harley-Davidson Knucklehead might be the most beautiful Harley engine ever, I think the venerable Panhead would win out.
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Looking through the bikes old squinty-eye Jack Cofano has loaded up into our editorial galleries for future stories, there seems to be a lot of Old School/’70s-style/retro/or whatever-you want-to-call-them choppers. I just think of them as choppers as choppers are their own special entity and the longbike Panhead chopper built by Christopher Phillips of Doomtown Choppers, could be the perfect template of what a vintage-influenced chopper style can and should be.
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