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Lately there’s been a return to wholesome natural foods and it probably is a good thing although we’ve got to wait a generation or two to see if it’s actually true. I won’t be part of this social experiment as I like my food unnatural and my bikes the same way. All it took was one ride on a turbo’d Harley and I was sold on the wholesome goodness of excessive horsepower courtesy of unnatural aspiration. That was the healthiest Harley-Davidson I had ever ridden so I rest my case of regular old nature versus forced induction. Yeah, it may not be good, so the experts say, to stuff yourself, but stuffing your Twin Cam engine with turbo is excellent and good for you too.
Ever been to a rave? Me neither. But in case you don’t know exactly what a rave is, it involves a lot of dance music played extremely loudly in a psychedelic atmosphere with casual sex and drugs thrown in. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, that’s not good, but if you were 19 or 20 again you might think otherwise. It’s a sensory overload of anything and everything extreme in life and certain people revel in it. You know, that rave thing sounds like the mantra that radical custom bagger builders and owners adhere too just with Harley-Davidsons featuring extreme sound and without the dancing and drugs. Casual sex could still be in play.
There’s been a call from the higher-up to feature more mildly-modified Harley-Davidsons which you all are apparently clamoring for. And, no, I’m not referring to the “higher-up” as straight from Jesus as you might be thinking, but from the often lovable, never not charming and always thinking Barnett Harley-Davidson General Manager, Mark Barnett. He says you want ‘em so here you go and it should fit the mildly-modified bill like it was a perfect template for this article. Just so you know, I quite like it.
There you are sitting in the sand with more sand blown up all around you by the ocean wind giving you a light, even coating like a piece of fried chicken on top of your newly applied sun block. With no room to spare on your Harley, you’ve come to the beach in the most minimalist way possible. You, a towel and something to drink. Hey, it’s still cool in its own strange way, but a little more comfort and accommodation would go a long way.
Published in Trikes, Etc.
One thing that always blows my mind is the capability of some custom builders to turn out one beautiful custom after another especially when they’re not just formulaic builders, but imaginative artisans as well. Unlike what we all experienced watching chopper TV, custom builds do not go together in an hour. True, there are those ultimate personal moments for builders when some new idea or technique works out as good as or better than they expected. But, behind all that momentary glory there’s just a ton of hard grunt work that can seemingly go on forever including schedules that make sleep seem like the distant past and life takes a backstage to real life of finishing a project.
My name is Peter Ström and I am 54-years-old from Stockholm, Sweden. I have a few bike-builds behind me – I built my wife’s FXR trike, a Sportster chopper to myself and a Sportster bobber with a lot of engraving on for my daughter. Every one of them has been well appreciated and featured in a number of custom motorcycle magazines around the world.
Published in Sportsters
It may be a little early to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but everybody knows how celebratory we Irish are so showcasing a bright green custom bagger calls for a toast to the owner, Kevin Ellis, for making this possible. On St. Patrick’s Day, everybody talks about having a wee bit of Irish in them, but with a bagger so green and over the top, it’d be St. Patrick’s Day every day of the year. Plus, this one bike alone trolling down the street could be enough entertainment to satisfy any St. Patty’s parade crowd. I know I’d be off the side cheering and clapping as it rolled by satisfied by what the parade organizers came up with.
Woo wee, now ain’t that something? This may just be the most aerodynamically sleek looking custom bagger Barnett’s Magazine Online has ever featured. If you haven’t already, go check out Jack Cofano’s always amazing photos and see for yourself what a different custom bagger trip is going on here. It’s so smooth and flowing you might not catch all the little details that make this a special custom bagger. I know this may sound a bit strange, but there’s some really sophisticated design going on here that sets this bagger apart from the usual big wheel fiberglass-enhanced custom baggers we often feature.
Phantom car builds have always fascinated me. The idea of making a factory-style model that didn’t exist in reality out of some other more prosaic vehicle always got me excited in the ‘what if ?’ prospect and dreamy-eyed. For instance, I’ve got a thing about ’69 Chevy Novas and always wanted GM to come out with a Z28 version of the Nova, but they didn’t. The basic goodness and undercarriage of the fabled Z28 is shared with a Nova even if the body style was not. Give it all the Z28 hardware, doodads, and drive train along with lowering it a bit (because it looks cooler) while keeping the rest pretty much factory stock and I’d be one happy camper. Phantom possibilities are endless as well as interesting.
Published in FXR
Sometimes you gotta spend money to make money or at least that’s what we’ve been led to believe. Somewhere there’s a line we always cross investing gobs of time and money into those loveable Harley-Davidson V-twins, but that’s because we’re seeing red whenever we want to change something to make it, you know, a little more personal. That’s fine for us, but I remember some of the dealership trade-ins I wouldn’t have personally touched with a ten-foot pole. A dealer’s gotta do what a dealer’s gotta do to make a buck and try and keep the customers happy.