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Parking Lot Bike of the week
Some bikes take forever to make. The stunning bagger you’re gawking at began back in 1825 when a physicist guy from Copenhagen named Hans Christian Ørsted got off his butt and finally found the most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust. Without his discovery of what is called aluminium in most of the world before we Americans straightened out that spelling with a much easier to say ‘aluminum’, this bike as you see it would not exist. That is, of course, unless another guy put his Danish pipe down and went outside and discovered the most abundant metal on Earth. Maybe it’s harder than I think as Mr. Hans Christian Ørsted also discovered electromagnetism and all I know about that is that it involves electricity and magnets doing something. But it sounds very important.
Published in Baggers
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.
If you’ve ever run into Barnett’s man-about-town photographer, Jack Cofano, at one of the many events he covers, you know what a serious professional shutter bug he is. He hits the ground hard in the morning and keeps his fins moving like a shark all day taking photos after photo while moving and moving all over the event. I can tell you from previous experience that basically he’s no fun at all until it just gets too dark to snap one more photograph and then he’s a barrel of laughs who’ll party like it’s 1999 until it’s time to get up and do it all over again. Ol’ Jack keeps us in dynamite bikes to feature daily, but sometimes he shoots a bike without any contact info just because it’s cool. Did I mention he’s got a great eye for bikes themselves as well as being able to take a great picture? Here’s a perfect example of what I’m jibber-jabbering about with our custom Softail feature bike that gets more interesting the more you look into it after you initially looked at it.
Like most guys I know, I hate Christmas shopping. Hate it, hate it, hate it. I’d rather be beaten with a splintery 2 x 4 full of rusty nails by an angry lighthouse keeper than deal with malls, mall parking lots, mall traffic, mall stores, mall store personnel, mall cops, and anything to do with malls in general. Shopping was, is, and always will be the most boring thing I can think of except when it comes time to shop for a motorcycle, now that’s a whole different kit and caboodle. Unlike me, my wonderful girlfriend lives to shop for blingy things and like the original Sugar Bear (not our Sugar Bear), she can’t get enough of that sugar crisp bling. If she ever saw this absolute jewel of a bike built by metal artist Yaniv Evan of Powerplant Choppers in Hollywood, California, I think she’d stop shopping and start riding.