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Parking Lot Bike of the week
So, you’re a diehard Old School freak, huh? I’m a traditionalist too and I can’t get enough of well done Old School builds whether they were from back in the day or just done yesterday. Like a well-worn set of Levis (or whatever), it’s a style that never ever goes out of style. Old School builds entice me in to look in every nook and cranny to see how things were done. When I run into a cool cat of a custom like this Harley-Davidson Sportster Ironhead chopper, I inspect more than look. Not critically either, I just want to understand and get a feel for the build.
Just like Queen’s famed chorus everybody knows, another Buell bites the dust. Surprising actually is that there are any left still basically stock as early steel-framed Buell were the donor bike of the early and mid 2000s. I mean, how could you beat dirt cheap, premium components and loads more power than a Harley-Davidson Sportster for a price less than just a Sporty motor by itself?
What you see is not always what you get is an old saying that certainly holds true here. On a cursory glance of the .jpg of the right side of this bike I thought it was some cool old crock and decided to check it out. Then I noticed it and felt a bit surprised at myself for not having seen it like some kind of Harley expert would in a half-a-millisecond. The bulbous primary of a Sportster engine from the infamous AMF era was a “Hey!” moment. There was a lot more going on here than some nice old bike.
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.
Man, those could be fighting words. If somebody asked you what you thought of their new build and you said, “That’s simple and clean.” They’d probably be a bit insulted. But, that’s about the highest compliment I can give any build that strives after the look that most builders can’t or won’t do. Although it may seem like a non-committal pass-off, it’s far from it. This Triumph build you’re looking at is simple and clean in a lovely traditional way and there’s nothing ever wrong with traditional when it comes to custom motorcycles.
Published in Non V-Twins
A fly on the wall might have overheard a conversation by a couple of garage builders fueled by adult beverages go like this, “Hey, I’ve got a bucket of wing nuts, some diamond plate, and that old basketcase Triumph in the back of my garage. Let’s build a chopper!” To which the other gentleman answers, “Perfect. Let’s do it.” And so it began, a couple of buddies spent garage time and a few more beverages building the quite cool Triumph Bonneville chop that Jack Cofano photographed at the recent Smoke Out 18 in Rockingham, North Carolina, this past June.
Published in Non V-Twins
Oh you just gotta love a bike like this sensationally striking Shovelhead springer Jack Cofano brought back from the recent Smoke Out 18 in digitized form for all to see and enjoy. Although the event is possibly more well known for its multitudes of rough and tough garage built bikes, that doesn’t mean you won’t see builds that are just this side of over-the-top in fit and finish. Smoke Out attendees love to see anything that looks like it’s been homebuilt whether it’s a primered rat bike or something as highly finished as this Shovel. Anything goes as long as it isn’t a big wheel bagger with a carnival paint job, those are strictly verboten and if they were there, they’d probably be in imminent danger of being deconstructed shall I say.
Published in Bobbers
Okay, okay, I’ll admit I was a little taken aback when I first saw this custom blue dazzler of a Sportster. Obviously the use of similar-sized, very tall and skinny wheels, even more accentuated by the striking wheel design, is not something you run into much anymore ever since the board tracker craze ran its course. Nope, I didn’t get board track vibes until I thought about it and then I decided it wasn’t the intention. No sir, there’s a whole design theme going on here by our mystery builder that leaves the board track on the track. It’s a shockingly different design (and possibly alienating for some) that brings a fresh look to the table with thoughtful yet imaginative design.
Not everybody is rolling in dough these days even though things have been on the up and up economically for a while now. Sometimes things just run a bit tight now for a lot of us who do their best to get by, but aren’t flush with cash or credit as they once were. Just because you don’t have access to huge funds doesn’t mean you can’t have a custom bike that’ll bring on the eyeballs while actually functioning as daily transportation. Sure, some of it may come down to how much work you (or your friends) are capable of, but even then there are ways to build a hot rod runabout you’d be proud to call your own.
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.
Published in Ultra Customs