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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.
Published in Choppers
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.
Published in Vintage
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.
Published in Vintage
Oh man, here we go again dancing a fine line between getting Barnett’s Magazine Online’s pixel boy, Jack Cofano, upset over previous Bling’s Cycles’ article with a totally fabricated (by me) title declaring Jack to be a Bling’s fanboy extraordinaire and telling the truth. As usual, the truth does not matter so I’ll let Jack-O off the hook and say he’s just a “fan” of Bling’s Cycles and leave it at that. Except there is that little thing of his about all-white bikes and he does love a good manly chopper that will get him noticed by all the ladies and this stunningly clean Panhead fits the bill on all counts. There, I’ve made my official apology but I’m not convinced.
So, if you’re tuning in and maybe didn’t catch yesterday’s article of the top ten sales of the Mecum Motorcycle Auction in Las Vegas this past January 25-28, you can always time travel back to yesterday via the Internet and read about those six-figure or close-to-it vintage bikes. Today, though, we’ll look at bikes that struck my fancy. Yes, it’s that simple a judging on my part with no pretense as being the absolute best buys or perfectly correct and ready for professional judging. There certainly was a lot to like and you can see them all on www.mecum.com if that’d be more interesting than my choices. Up to you, I’m just plowing ahead and hoping for the best.
Published in 2017 EVENTS
Before you read one more word you must check out Jack Cofano’s photo gallery of this stunning ’48 Panhead to have the slightest chance to understand where this is all going. Go ahead, I’ll wait . . . Alrighty then, you’re back and I’m sure you had your eyeballs doing the eyeball dance over that graffiti/comic book-style Day of the Dead-inspired paintjob. Yes sir, it’s quite a duesy and worth taking the time to really check out as perfect image symmetry is not what this paintjob is about. The approach the artist took in both style and technique are different than the typical work of art airbrushing than can often duplicate the quality of a perfect digital photo. Something different is going on here but I don’t know what it is. Do you, Mr. Jones?
There’s an old British saying you’ve probably heard in passing but never gave it much thought or at least I didn’t. It goes like this ─ “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence in your shoe.” This little ditty I found out has to do with brides, weddings and other stuff I don’t know a lot about, but it fits perfectly here almost describing Ryan Gore’s mouthwatering retro-mod Harley-Davidson Panhead chop he built for the Artistry In Iron Show in Las Vegas to a tee. All of this took place in his shop in Grand Junction, Colorado, Paper Street Customs.
Published in Choppers
Ask any Harley-Davidson freak what’s their favorite Harley model and you’ll hear a lot of different answers from Knucklehead to Panhead to Flathead to Ironhead to Shovelhead to whatever. It’s usually a vintage model from decades ago. But, there is a bunch of H-D fanatics that are in a Harley world of their own who would chose an FXR, any FXR, as the best thing The Motor Company’s ever built. All of the things that seemingly made an FXR a hard sell on the showroom floor is what interests them the most. An exposed tubular frame made for handling, comfort and cornering along with lighter weight and rubber engine mounting made lifetime believers out of some Harley faithful to the point where anything else is cool they say, but there’s nothing like a Harley-Davidson FXR.
Published in Modified Stockers