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Parking Lot Bike of the week
Okay, okay, back to a bit of Harley reality with this fetching rendition of Jim Bortles’ take on a Sportster that willingly trespasses on Harley-Davidson’s recent highly successful Dark Custom series, but with a twist of brass. Actually, that’s a misnomer as Harley is the one who’s trespassing on a look that pro and amateur builders have been doing for years. Yes, Harley did capitalize on murdering out their various models to bring them in line with the hipsters, but builders like Jim Bortles, owner of The Chopper Farm in Waxhaw, North Carolina, are always way ahead of the production bike curve and this Sporty is just one more example. Dark and brassy always has its own appeal and you have to admit this 2002 Sporty wears it well.
Published in Modified Stockers
Okay, okay, we’ve written a ton of articles on John Dodson of Gangster Choppers in Richmond, Virginia, and that’s because he turns out one kick ass chopper after another like he’s got chopper elves locked in his cellar. John’s range of styles runs all over the place with one show winning chop after another. But, they’re always a chopper, not a bagger and that’s fine by me.
Published in Choppers
There’s a lot of cool stuff going on here and that it’s all tastefully, yet funkily combined into one package says a lot about its builder. The more I look at what I’d call a retro-mod/New Wave digger (because I don’t really know what else to call it) built by Bryce Cole of Squaw Valley, California, the more I see a ‘best hits of style’ seamlessly combined into an original package. There’s old, there’s new, there’s classic, there’s vintage, there’s outrageous, and ultimately it ends up looking like there’s a ton of fun to be had. Jump right over to Mr. Cofano’s photo gallery and take a good look around before we get digging into this digger.
Published in Ultra Customs
Even though we haven’t featured a bike from one of the most prolific builders out there in a while, it’s not like we haven’t mentioned them over and over again because we have. Hey wait a minute, how can that be you say?
Published in Sportsters
Nobody needs a lecture on where the economy is at the moment as we’re all living it and for most of us, okay is the new excellent. But, it sure wouldn’t hurt to get a little pep talk now and again just to keep things on the up-and-up. Treating yourself to something special might not be so easy as it once was for possibly too many people who could dip into their home equity and reward themselves with an expensive custom like so many did in the past decade. Those days are gone, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t take a dip in the pool of cool without remortgaging your casa. Don’t believe me? Don’t blame you. But, when builders like Jason Stritenberger and D.J. Jenkins of Court House Custom in Washington Court House, Ohio, can knock out a pretty damn neat custom hardtail Sporty you’ll never have to make excuses for at the price of the cheapest new 883 available, things are definitely on the up-and-up.
Published in Sportsters