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Maybe it’s just me, but I would never ever have guessed this was a theme bike. Or, would I have guessed it was a Cross Bones either. That’s two major things I never would have guessed, but guess what? I really, really love this bike built by the folks at Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson in Raleigh, North Carolina, for so many reasons from its overall one-off look to its ability to still aim for the horizon at a moment’s notice.
Lately there’s been a return to wholesome natural foods and it probably is a good thing although we’ve got to wait a generation or two to see if it’s actually true. I won’t be part of this social experiment as I like my food unnatural and my bikes the same way. All it took was one ride on a turbo’d Harley and I was sold on the wholesome goodness of excessive horsepower courtesy of unnatural aspiration. That was the healthiest Harley-Davidson I had ever ridden so I rest my case of regular old nature versus forced induction. Yeah, it may not be good, so the experts say, to stuff yourself, but stuffing your Twin Cam engine with turbo is excellent and good for you too.
You know you learn something everyday whether you want to or not. Today, surprisingly, it was something I guess I should have known considering it involves adult beverages. I enjoy a good James Bond martini from time to time and occasionally I’ll ask for it “dirty” which just means adding a bit of olive juice to the mix for a different flavor. I never thought about it much as I just pour some straight out of the jar the olives came in. But, here’s where it gets tricky, in a bar, they have bottles of just olive juice minus the olives.
Published in Bobbers
You look at this lovely FXR and you’ve gotta think, there’s a guy that knew exactly what he wanted and didn’t take any shortcuts to get there. It had to be completely usable as an everyday rider or vying for awards at big custom shows. Even though it’s undeniably a Harley-Davidson FXR there’s basically nothing that wasn’t modded, replaced or changed in some little, but significant way. Maybe it’s not your cup of tea exactly, but it sure is Mark Hendrix’s and that’s all that matters.
I was working in my shop today when I found an old 35 mm film container full of tiny instrument bulbs in my tool box from who knows where and when. I remember when these plastic containers were my go-to holder of all small things from master clips to cotter pins to whatever. Somehow they had all disappeared but this one, but as I held it in my hand I felt a tinge of nostalgia for the days when I was swamped with these things from taking photos. Man, digital photography sure has taken over and I’m not even sure if Kodak is still in business. All of this made me wonder how many film containers our man about town, Barnett’s Magazine Online’s chief lens men must have used back in the day. Thousands and thousands would be my guess, but where are all those film containers now?
I’m stymied. I’m completely stymied. Just when I think I’ve got a handle on things, it all changes. At least that’s what’s going on when I checked out this bike built by Chris Eder, owner of Misfit Industries in Addison, Texas. Misfit is at the leading edge of custom bagger building in the USA with a steady stream of parts and builds that are able to find their own path in a forest of custom shops catering to what’s hot and hopefully avoiding what’s not. Right off, I’ll admit I’m an unabashed fan of, well, everything I’ve seen come out of that shop located 15 miles due north of Dallas. I’m still stymied, though.
Published in Choppers
You’re looking at a rare beast. Yes it’s another example of a custom big wheel bagger with all the right stuff to compete in shows or just show off at a local watering hole, but with what I consider a major difference. Oh, if you look closely to find what I’m muttering on about, you’ve totally missed the point. It’s as simple a difference as it is a major difference and it probably wouldn’t apply to anything else but a custom bagger. Hey, I’ll stop the crap and get right to it. Here’s a hint, a strong hint, it’s the paint.
There seems to be no gray area, no middle ground when it comes to radical custom baggers. Over the years we’ve watched bagger front wheels grow from a 21-inch size that seemed pretty damn radical when a stock Harley-Davidson bagger came with a massive 16-inch front wheel. Would it handle? Would there be any downsides? Well, before you knew it, there was a 23, then a 26 and finally a 30-inch front wheel. Phew! That’s a big jump in a relatively short time. But wait, there’s more ─ just when you think it’s over, along comes a 32-incher. Is it finally over?
Well the New Year’s here and I hope you had a lovely celebration including stories that will be told over family holiday dinners for years to come. But, it’s time to get back to counting the days until spring (my life partner says I count the minutes) and custom bike dreaming the winter away. No, I’m not spending as much time in my cold garage working on bikes (it’s cold out there!), but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the work of those that do. Matter of fact, I only encourage them to spend more time out there so I can wile away dark, cold days next winter with exciting new rides to gawk at.
Nothing says Merry Christmas to me like an Old School Panhead and if this was under my tree I’d be the happiest boy that ever lived. From reader response to vintage Harley-Davidsons that tend to show up here with regularity, I’d say most of you feel the same way too. I mean, who wouldn’t get all giggly owning a ride like this, but like a lot of Christmas wishes, that’ll probably all it ever will be ─ a wish. But that doesn’t mean I can’t keep dreaming and neither should you.
Published in Choppers