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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.
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