Whenever I’ve bought (or not bought) a used bike, condition isn’t the only thing that determines whether to buy or not. They always have a back story and a few times over the years, the back story became the reason to whether I stepped up to the plate or ran like a little girl. Some stories made me feel obligated to take care of a bike even if it had been needlessly abused and sometimes the story had a little bit of too much bad luck involved. Purchasing a bike based on feelings has its ups and downs, but sometimes a bad feeling can end up being a good feeling like the case of the street fighter/café racer CB 750 pictured here. Hope you like back stories.
Published in Non V-Twins
   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
   People are often too quick in their rush to judgment mode when it comes to deciding whether seeing one bike from a builder means that all they’re about. Case in point, a recent Barnett’s article of the day focused on a late model Triumph bobber built on the affordable and rideable angle by TBC Hot Rods & Bikes in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Published in Bobbers
Somehow it seems only fair that the first bike Barnett’s Magazine Online profiles from Jack Cofano’s photo galleries from recent Smoke Out, known for its brand diversity, should be a non-Harley (although there will be plenty of those to come). Yeah, it’s not only a Triumph, but a modern day version instead of the usually expected classic vertical twin from Old Blighty. Nothing wrong with that as far as I’m concerned anyway as Smoke Out produces some of the most unusual and interesting bikes in a world of ‘same old’ customs.
Published in Non V-Twins