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Some builders’ bikes become more than just one more custom ─ they become a brand cementing a look that you can tell who built it in a nanosecond or so. For example, picture an Indian Larry or an Exile Cycles build in your head and you’ll know what I’m trying to get at. There’s a definite distinctive-style going on, but no two bikes are the same. But you know one when you see one. There’s nothing wrong with that at all as it’s not just doing the same thing over and over, but it’s an aesthetic that the builders truly live by. And just because I said they become a brand, it’s got nothing to do without selling out. They build what they see in their head and trends have nothing to do with it.
Just when you think you’re getting the hang of where the custom motorcycle world is at, along comes a bike that really tries to be a crossover into many of the hot and hip markets right now. This is not for old guys who just want to cruise while listening to some tunes, but it does appeal to old guys who haven’t had the last vestige of hooligan knocked out f them by life in general. Oh, and it definitely has an appeal to anybody who doesn’t care how young or old they are.
Published in Sportsters
Everybody’s got a favorite style of custom motorcycle and the old tried and true bobbers of today are possibly my favorite style of custom to actually get on and go. Oh I love looking at anything custom even if I don’t enjoy hoping on board and actually riding it as a motorcycle without excuse after excuse being necessary. The basic layout of what’s construed as a modern bobber is my favorite simply because they are always fun to ride if they haven’t been taken to some show-shocking extreme.
Larry Moore, owner of Moore’s Customs in Wichita, Kansas, is one hell of an independent thinker and more importantly, a doer. All you have to do to verify that is to take a look at his latest creation and you’ll understand where he’s coming from. Bucking every current trend of big wheels and baggers, he’s fabricated, and I mean truly fabricated, a custom motorcycle that truly deserves to be called a masterpiece. Every single piece of the build shows careful thought and good taste along with fabrication perfection.
No, this article isn’t about that other famous shop with a similar sounding, but differently spelled name, Strokers Dallas of Rick Fairless fame or the many biker bars of the same name, but about an independent motorcycle shop located on one of motorcycling’s meccas, Daytona Beach, Florida. Owner Don Jones has been fixing and maintaining motorcycles for over a decade now as Strokerz Custom Motorcycle Development and when he’s not busy fixing, he’s delving deep into his imagination building extreme wild rides like the build he calls the Flash Bike featured front and center.
What a fine looking chopper if I do say so myself. As far as choppers go, this little baby from Cold Springs Cycle Works in Cogan Station, Pennsylvania has it all going on from the tip of its retro-classically correct 21-inch Ride Wright front wheel to the sensibly stylish 180mm tire sitting out back on another Ride Wright. Everything in-between is just lovely eye candy finished to the nth degree. If you’re a chopper fan, this is a bike to peruse over and over until you take in all its little details and the thought that went into its creation.
Published in Choppers
Nothing’s harder building a custom, especially a show custom (other than building the bike in the first place) than deciding a paint scheme. Choosing the base color is probably the easiest as everyone has a personal preference towards certain colors after just years of living among all of them. Maybe that pedal car or BMX bike you had as a kid set your color stage in a positive tone or maybe the jerk kid in your neighborhood growing up had a purple bike that made you despise that color forever.
Published in Pro-Street
Although this bike might seem familiar to readers of Barnett’s Magazine Online, you haven’t seen this particular bike featured on this site before. Sure, there are similar very basic elements involved in its design like two other bikes we’ve featured from the wild and crazy mind of Todd Anglani, owner of After Hours Bikes in Cooper City, Florida, but each bike is quite different from the other. Same goes for all of the bikes coming out of After Hours whether they’re post-apocalyptic patina customs or one of the many completely-opposite-but-still-completely-different-from-the-norm, slick and shiny designs Todd also does.
Phew! What a history lesson this has article has been. Sometimes you have to do a bike feature with little to no given information and that’s when the miracle of Google, YouTube, Bing, Yahoo, and even Ask.com (remember Ask Jeeves? – poor Jeeves answers questions only in the UK now) comes into play. Take the case of this blast-to-the-recent-past supercharged pro street custom belonging to John B. Carter of St. Petersburg, Florida, that Jack “Popeye” Cofano shot at the 2013 Daytona Rat’s Hole Show for instance. With not much to go on other than the Tampa Bay Storm theme which I have to ignorantly admit I had no idea about other than it looked like a sports theme, it was time to get all Googly and find out what’s what.
Everybody’s got their all-time favorite Harley engine when it comes to the basic architecture of a Knucklehead, Panhead, Ironhead, Shovelhead, Evolution, or even a Twin Cam. Obviously we’re not talking just straight-up performance as that would rule out more engine designs than it left, but a combo of looks, performance, and heritage all wrapped up in one. You’ve got your Knucklehead purists who always insist they’ve got the all-time best looker, the Panhead people love their chopper history, sound, and feel, Ironhead nuts who should never be questioned about their beliefs on anything, Shovelhead lovers love to defend their Shovelheads against anybody trying to breach their sort old/sorta new defenses, Evo aficionados feel like the last bastion of real Harley guys, and Twin Cam riders just make their payments and wonder about what muffler tips they should get.