Right now, 2006 seems like decades ago. So much has gone on since then like the economic crisis in 2008 that tried its best to sink the country to the recovery and then onto the current presidential race which seemed to go on for years by itself. Time just has a way of slipping by that makes you forget things both good and bad. That can be a good thing especially when it involves a good friend who has passed way before their time. Kirk Taylor of Custom Design Studios in Novato, California, knows exactly how it feels to lose a good friend like the late Johnny “Chop” Vasko. 
Published in Bobbers
    Have you ever seen anything like this unbelievably radical ride? I know I haven’t even though I’ve seen some wild rides in my time. Sure, some of that early Arlen Ness stuff was way-way out there, but nothing is or was quite as over-the-top as this two-wheeled stretch limo for one. Man, that’s a l-o-o-n-g bike with just about everything covered in bodywork but those triple velocity-stacks on S&S Super B carbs sticking out of that wave of bodywork engulfing the bad ass 103-inch 1976 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead engine. There’s a whole lot going on here, but I don’t know exactly what it is, do you Mr. Jones?
Published in Ultra Customs
   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
  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
   Some bikes just got it and some bikes don’t. Since the first gasoline-fueled engine lit up and ran, there’s always been an ongoing debate over whether or not a machine could have a soul or not. It’s all too easy to jump behind one argument or the other and a good high school debater could probably make us question whatever we think. It’s so easy to scientifically ration away how a machine constructed from various metal parts could take on a personality or have a soul, so-to-speak, but that’s missing the whole point. I would venture a totally unscientific guess that could easily be disputed as I have no facts to back it up, but I think most of us believe our bikes are a soulful source of satisfaction with a life of their own.
Published in Bobbers
     As always, there’s a story behind the story and this time it’s the bike’s owner, Chris LeDuc of Massapequa, New York, who provided the little story behind the title. Filling out the show info about his custom 1976 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead for the Hot Bike Tour 2016, they asked what “cool stuff” was on the bike. Chris, being the hot shit I think he is, probably thought about it for a millisecond and wrote, “Stupid White Paint.” That was it. You have to wonder why a guy who hates white paint so much would choose it for his bike, but then again, I’m sure there’s another story behind that too. For a man of few words, Chris has a lot of stories.
Published in Bobbers
 Barnett’s Magazine Online has always tried to be fair when it comes to showcasing custom Harley-Davidsons of any type. We’ve presented stunning hand-built customs from builders big and small and everything in between from rat bikes to trikes to baggers to retro to the totally outrageous that almost redefine custom motorcycles. Lately there’s been a lot of honest back lash and harsh language from commentators on our Barnett Harley-Davidson Facebook page concerning custom baggers and how silly, useless, stupid and what a waste of time they are. I’m not even going to go into aesthetic reviews, but suffice to say, some people just don’t get them and never will. So here’s one for you bagger haters that should be right up your tree and I’m not implying you have simian tendencies, just your own opinion tree.
Published in Ultra Customs
Everybody’s always crabbing about show bikes being unrideable and that’s often true unless you really love a bit of masochism on two wheels. But, there’s always an exception to the rule and if I do say so myself, I’d say you were looking at one of those rare birds right here. Yeah, it’s got a style revolving around a bit of bling, actually, a lot of bling, but that’s okay. Its mission statement includes show time so bling it is.
Published in Modified Stockers
   It’s funny how ideas progress. My initial thought was to build a bike that was long and low with no parts chromed, polished or shiny as the finished product, The Juggernaut (so named due to the amount of hp/torque combined with how it really likes to go straight), is exactly the opposite ─ very pretty with rarely a part that doesn't sparkle!
Published in Choppers
It says it all right there on the hand-tooled leather saddle, “Dazzle ‘Em With Brilliance Or Baffle ‘Em With BullShit.” This quote came directly from the often intoxicated, but sharp as a tack mind of a phenomenally talented comic actor, juggler, writer, and improviser, the late, legendary W.C. Fields. The unknown owner/builder of this absolutely stunning Shovelhead Jack Cofano caught at this year’s Smoke Out might have been a fan or maybe they didn’t even know who he was, but the use of W.C.’s quote says a lot about the owner/builder. Obviously they’ve got a good sense of humor because the first part of that quote perfectly defines the finished bike without a lick of that second part to be found anywhere. There’s nothing bullshit about this bike other than the mention of it on the seat.
Published in Bobbers
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