So I’m shuffling through Barnett’s Magazine Online’s photo archive and there are a ton of outrageous customs photographed by a guy who spends half of his life with his left eye closed and the other looking through the lens of his Nikon, Mr. Jack Cofano. The archive is a bursting with bikes from all-out baggers to hard core rat bikes and everything in between so as much fun as it is to peruse, it’s hard to make a choice to write about.
Published in Bobbers
  Ah, the bikes of Smoke Out. They’re their own indefinable category yet they have a common ground of imagination and outrageousness tempered with actually being riders. Often the rider is also the builder and it’s not a profession, but an obsession carried out late at night in garages all over America. They’re not catalog builds, but customs made from pieces and parts scrounged up at the best price and re-purposed into a one-of-a-kind motorcycle that follows no unwritten rules or trends. That’s what makes them so cool as you don’t know what to expect and if you think you do, you’ll be disappointed. 
Published in Choppers
Here I go again getting a few photos of the pretty ladies at The Horse Smoke Out 17. No matter how old and decrepit I get, it always puts a smile on my face when the ladies are more than happy to pose and indulge me in my pursuit of the elusive eye candy.
Published in 2016 Events
The Horse Smoke Out is an Old School rally held outside Rockingham, North Carolina, at the Rockingham Dragway and Old School bikes are what it’s all about.
Published in 2016 Events
The Horse Smoke Out is an old school rally held outside Rockingham, North Carolina,  at the Rockingham Dragway and old school bikes are what it’s all about.
Published in 2016 Events
Smoke Out 17 took place at the Rockingham Dragway outside Rockingham, North Carolina,  on June 17th and 18th  in sunny North Carolina. I stress “sunny” because I have covered this event for over ten years, all the way back to when it was held in Salisbury, North Carolina. This is the first year that I can remember that there wasn’t a frog-chocking thunder storm at least once during the weekend. The weather was absolutely perfect for a camping weekend.
Published in 2016 Events
Smoke Out 17 took place at the Rockingham Dragway outside Rockingham, North Carolina,  on June 17th and 18th  in sunny North Carolina. I stress “sunny” because I have covered this event for over ten years, all the way back to when it was held in Salisbury, North Carolina. This is the first year that I can remember that there wasn’t a frog-chocking thunder storm at least once during the weekend. The weather was absolutely perfect for a camping weekend.
Published in 2016 Events
   Well there it is, the cat’s out of the bag if you didn’t already know that one of Barnett Magazine Online’s favorite builders, Tim Bradham of TBC Handcrafted Motorcycles in Fayetteville, North Carolina, won the invitational Pro Builder Chop Off at The Horse Backstreet Choppers’ Smoke Out 16. I don’t know who the judges were, but that had to be one tough competition as all the bikes were killers. Apparently Tim’s just had a tiny bit more and I’ve got a feeling the “handcrafted” part of the shop’s name had a little something to do with it.
Published in Bobbers
  Spotted and shot by Barnett’s Magazine Online’s Jack Cofano at the recent Smoke Out event, the BSA hot rod bobber you’re staring at (and I know you’ve stared at it for a bit now as you’re only human) is a peach of a bike. Plain and simple. I like it, Jack obviously liked it (he still talks about a similar BSA he owned with glazed over eyes), and you like it too and that’s okay. You don’t have to stop loving your Motor Company motorcycle in order to like this absolutely lovely BSA bobber built by Lucas Joyner, owner of The Factory Metal Works in Concord, North Carolina. Maybe the question should be, “How can you not like and appreciate a motorcycle this clean and built this well?” Answer ─ you can’t.
Published in Non V-Twins
  Don’t know about you, but even though I’ve heard the term “hanky-panky” before and possibly used it a few times, I really didn’t know what its true meaning was. Even when Tommy James and the Shondells made Hanky-Panky a number one hit in 1966. Oh I could use it in a sentence, but it had no real meaning other than a term to use when I had nothing else to say. Looking up “hanky-panky” online gave me two definitions ─ 1. Devious or mischievous activity  2. Illicit sexual activity. H-m-m-m, I gotta believe that the first definition applies to the custom XS 650 that Jack Cofano shot at the most recent Smoke Out as the other definition is not something that you would paint on your tank for all the world to see.
Published in Non V-Twins
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