Readers & Rides

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Shadowy Spawn
What do you get when you mix a comic book with a cruiser? The smart money's on Freddy Gonzalez's 1992 VLX 600, which the Floridian turned into a billboard for his obsession with the Spawn comic. The unassuming Honda also received a Harley Softail front end riding on an Extreme Machines wheel, and then Gonzalez went into overdrive, fitting tractor-trailer lights, custom fabric on a Corbin seat, menacing spikes and a sword as a bracket to hold the front lights. A stylized spoiler, beefy Highway Hawk fuel tank and Hard Krome exhaust further set the VLX apart from the crowd. Gonzalez topped it off with two K&N; filters running off the air intakes, a Spawn charm for a petcock cover and a custom paint job by his pal Gina G. Now that's what we call inspiration.

Lone Star
Scott Southwell's lucky enough to work close to the Alamo, so he's got a near-perfect backdrop for his 2001 Yamaha V-Star Classic. If you don't notice the bike's yellow paint job right away, perhaps the Baron Star Bar handlebar mounted on two-inch risers with a Drag Specialties tachometer on top will catch your eye. A Thunder Manufacturing air intake with a K&N; filter and jet kit and a Jardine slip-on exhaust handle breathing details, while an Aeromach backrest, highway floorboards and Willie & Max saddlebags take care of comfort. Aluminum skulls (made in Southwell's foundry) perched atop the rear license bracket provide attitude, and LEDs in the engine area cast an eerie glow at night. If you can't remember the Alamo, at least this bike should leave an impression on you.

Lost In Translation
Everyone says Ed Jodoin's bike is a Harley, even though Kawasaki tank badges indicate otherwise. The 1997 Vulcan's front end is unusual, though-the sleek 21-inch front tire rides under a 42-inch handlebar. The stock Drag Specialties bar couldn't accommodate the brake assembly, so Jodoin added four inches and turn signals to it. Mirrors crafted from golf clubs (really) and a Harley front fender add quirkiness to the proceedings, while a Mustang seat and Progressive Suspension shocks supply comfort. Reversed front signals fit the rear end, light-gauge metal forms the side panels and a Harley horn mount from an old handlebar nestles against the 160-series rear tire. So even though Jodoin neglected to send in a photo of himself, we're gonna let it slide-the bike's trick enough to stand on its own.

Big Bore Nip And Tuck
Tom Reimer loves his Honda, but it wasn't always thus. The black 2002 VTX 1800 didn't quite suit the seat of his pants, so Reimer installed a High End saddle, a set of forward controls from Lrextreme.com and added Aeromach risers to the stock bar. Then a BUB 2-into-1 pipe and a Kryakyn Hypercharger Pro took up residence on either side of the mill. Kryakyn also supplied the grips, mirrors and chin spoiler. Reimer had Paul Mott of Xtremerevolution.com create the unique undertaker fenders, featuring frenched-in lights out back and custom side covers. Reimer then polished everything in sight (the forks, wheels and rear hub) and sent the bike off to Arc Paint in Lakeside, California, for a final coat of cool crimson. And now, it seems, man and machine are inseparable.