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Parking Lot Bike of the week
There you are sitting in the sand with more sand blown up all around you by the ocean wind giving you a light, even coating like a piece of fried chicken on top of your newly applied sun block. With no room to spare on your Harley, you’ve come to the beach in the most minimalist way possible. You, a towel and something to drink. Hey, it’s still cool in its own strange way, but a little more comfort and accommodation would go a long way.
Published in Trikes, Etc.
Leave it to Performance Machine to build a bike just for you Dyna freaks that you can actually build for yourself. Yes sir, that’s exactly what you’re gazing at here that, surprise-surprise, is a showcase for a host of PM goodies that are possible to bolt-on to your Dyna whether en masse or on a pick and choose basis. Either way, you’ll come out ahead as Performance Machine has more than just a solid reputation in the industry; they’ve been part of the backbone of the aftermarket for what seems like an eternity now. That they can produce a lightly customized, but completely endearing FXDB that instantly grabs your attention makes for a perfect factory showcase of PM’s many aftermarket bips and bobs.
Published in Modified Stockers
First off, no, this is not a custom street tracker or a custom in any way as we think of now, but a factory custom from 1953. It’s also one of Harley’s least known models that often gets mixed up with Sportsters even though that model wasn’t due to debut until 1957. Back in 1952 Harley-Davidson introduced the new sporty K model to go head to head with the British bikes that were invading America at the time with many of the same innovations they brought with them. Oh, you know, things like suspension at both ends of the bike, light weight, good handling and the newest Harley-Davidson “innovation” of unitized engine construction with the engine and gearbox as one. Triumph, BSA, Norton, Matchless were put on notice that The Motor Company was not going to let this invasion go unanswered.
Published in Racers
One of the biggest problems Buell motorcycles tried and failed to over come before its untimely demise back in 2009 was its name. Other than Erik Buell himself, I don’t think anybody was too thrilled buying something called a Buell when it could (and should) have been Harley-Davidson. Yeah, I know they were supposedly two different companies, but c’mon now, what would you rather tell somebody you owned? I’ll give you my first guess and it isn’t a Buell. That’s nothing against Mr. Buell or even the basic idea around his sporty concoctions, but there’s no name like Harley-Davidson to give you street cred and no amount of imaginative re-engineering of the motorcycle that made Milwaukee famous could make up for that.
Published in Sportsters
Well it’s about damn time Barnett’s Magazine Online is featuring a custom trike and it’s even better it’s based on a Motor Company-built trike and not a conversion. We’ve been hoping to feature more custom trikes especially since the introduction of Harley-Davidson’s Tri Glide and especially the sporty Freewheeler model, but they’ve been a little far and few over the past couple of years.
Published in Modified Stockers
There are people who really like baggers, there are people who like big wheel baggers and there are those that like really, really big wheel baggers. Let’s say you’re one of those people who like Harley-Davidson’s touring models, but you’d like to get in on a bit of big-wheeled action customizing your bike. Maybe the latest and greatest 30-inch and even 32-inch wheels are a little too big for your taste so where do you go now? Well you could always do a 21, but that’s not even trying in custom baggerville. Okay, how about a 23-inch wheel, those seem nice? Eh, it’s getting close, but it’s not enough of a statement. What’s a boy to do?
You gotta give it up a little for all those bikers out there who are trying their damndest to build a custom motorcycle out of something that is not a Harley-Davidson. Just starting with a Harley, any Harley, puts you about a mile or so ahead before they’ve even started. Plus there are so many tried and true ways to build a good looking Harley custom along with a massive aftermarket of parts as well as those from The Motor Company itself that it’s almost hard to do wrong. Boring, repetitive, overdone, perhaps, but once you fire up that Milwaukee twin almost all is forgiven.
Published in Non V-Twins
When somebody mentions “custom Panhead” the first image that comes to mind is retro chopper with all the fixings like a chrome springer, peanut tank, apes, sissy bar, extrovert exhaust, and a dazzling paintjob involving many different techniques before the final pinstripe is laid on. But that’s all in the extremely recent past after I took a peek through the Jack Cofano-supplied photo gallery accompanying this article. This is one sexy café racer/street tracker/drag racer hot rod of a Harley-Davidson Panhead. I just love this bike and am not afraid to state that even though it probably falls out of the spectrum of what Panhead freaks lean towards.
Published in Bobbers
Leaps of faith. That’s what we’re up to here with Richard Wright’s extreme custom bagger that I guess is a bagger, although the only way I can see to carry things like a bagger is supposedly supposed to is in a back pack. At least in show judges’ eyes, this ground-up build fits all the necessary requirements of a bagger with a judged first place in the Radical Bagger class at this year’s Charlotte Easyriders Show. So, yes, it’s a bagger, but it’s not like any bagger ever built (or ever will be) at Harley’s York, Pennsylvania, plant. It’s a smite too rad for The Motor Company, but it’s just right for Mr. Wright.
Somewhere in the small town of Duncan, South Carolina, there’s a newly-built small garage spewing bright arcs of plasma light through the dead of night until the wee hours of the morning. No, there are no crazy science experiments going on, at least in the conventional sense. This steel structure is busy spitting out cutting edge machines that look like the work of a mad scientist intent on mutating Harley-Davidson’s finest baggers into something The Motor Company could never produce without sending a coven of attorneys in a crazed frenzy. Finally when the sun is closer to rising than not, the lights go out and out steps a young guy named Jason Kurtz who has to get some sleep before he heads to his day job at a body shop. Ah, the life of the hardcore garage builder.