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Parking Lot Bike of the week
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.
There’s not a more exciting custom bike to me than one that’s been stripped to the bones exposing the true motorcycle underneath all the “new and improved” factory furbelows the marketing types think we all wanted. Give me a cool motor, two wheels, and just enough to make it all work in the real world and I’m a happy camper. The more a motorcycle looks like a quick line drawing, the more attractive it is to me anyway. That doesn’t mean it’s just a stripped down stock POS, but more of an extremely highly-finished simple design where every single line has to be accounted for as necessary. There’s nothing just for the sake of it, just beautiful lines that do exactly what they have to in a harmonious design that has no obvious starting or ending point. Just one piece of motorcycle nirvana that celebrates our inner design tastes.
Yup, that’s a famous quote from one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century, the late great Yogi Berra. I’ve always been a fan of his quotes more than a fan of his base ball career. Oh you probably know a lot of them already like “The future ain’t what it used to be” or “When you come to a fork in the road … take it” or my favorite “I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.” Yeah old Yogi told it like he thought it was and his quote used in the title exactly explains my feelings when I saw this bike show up in our photo galleries. It felt like déjà vu all over again.
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.
When it comes to custom motorcycles, Paul Ponkow of Bones Legacy in Las Vegas, Nevada, is a purist of the highest caliber. For instance, I doubt that he’s the least bit interested in the custom bagger scene or any other scene involving what’s trendy at the moment. The only custom motorcycle trend he’s interested in happened about four decades ago and it shows in every Bones Legacy build. Paul’s a purist’s purist except when it comes to pissing off Triumph purists with his 1959 Triumph Bonneville custom. Customizing a first year Bonny is probably about as sacrilegious as you can get in Triumph circles today. But, it wouldn’t have been roughly 40 years ago when it was just an old used Brit bike that made good chopper fodder.
Anytime somebody makes a reference to Cheech and Chong when they’re describing their custom motorcycle like Lucas Joyner does about his lovely Triumph chop, you gotta just sit up and pay attention.
You know it’s kinda funny how our destiny is often determined in the silliest and smallest ways despite our best efforts to butt heads with the apparently inevitable. Take Lucas Joyner for instance, owner of The Factory Metal Works in Concord, North Carolina, and builder of this tight little Triumph custom you see before you. Lucas, originally from Los Angeles, in a former life was a guitar player in bands like Murder 1 and Endism, owned a successful recording studio, and was a serious heavy metal promoter in the LA area with a litany of bands that’s too long to write here. Somehow this all transitioned into a six-year stint working in NASCAR building cup car chassis and turning wrenches for No Fear driver Boris Said. But, there’s a little glitch in the whole thing destiny thing that comes down to possibly something as silly as a name.