The Motor Company builds Big Twin a ground-breaking custom.
I spent months looking for the perfect project bike with my wife Yolanda and kids. I was really looking for that diamond in the rough, and finally after searching and searching we ended up finding one from a really good guy in Utah. The second he opened the garage, it was hard for me to contain myself. It was in perfect shape, low miles, and the price was right (not to mention the tons of accessories and work he had done to it from Harley). I tried to play hardball with him for a bit until we finally agreed on a number. As soon as I took her home, I knew the fun times had begun for the transformation to make her the “Black-Magic Woman.”
96 H-D Sportster | Karn's Kustoms
Depending on your perspective, this story starts with either a cream puff or a turd. It ends, however, with a really cool hardtail bobber, no matter who you are. We’ll talk more about the cream puff/turd controversy in a moment. For now, what you really need to know is that this bike was created by Adam Karns from a ’96 Harley Sportster. He’d wanted to cut a Sportster in half and make it a hardtail bobber for years. Adam just never had the opportunity to do so with the other Sportsters that have passed through Karns Kustoms over the years. He finally bought this one just for that reason.
As we rapidly approach the 3rd annual Hot Bike Tour and Invitational Bike Build-Off, many people wonder what John Shope will show up with this year. Being the former Grand Champion of the 2014 and 2015 Invitational Bike Build-Off, John has yet to disappoint. John is among the few worlds’ greatest bike builders invited to enter this prestigious build-off and knows if he is going to win, he needs to step up his game. Some of the builder’s invited this year include Nick Trask of Trask Performance, Brian Klock of Klock Werks, Carey Hart of Good Ride Rally and Jesse Rooke of Rooke Customs, to name a few. Each builder invited is well-respected and will be tough to beat