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Old 12-01-2012, 12:54 AM   #1
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Default What exactly defines a bobber?

I was out riding through the park today where I stopped and talked to a guy who was riding a an old Yamaha. He said his bike was a bobber now because he had cut off about 6 inches of the rear fender and mounted a side tail light and license plate. I didn't comment other than the normal pleasantries.

My query is, what makes a motorcycle a bobber? I was always under the impression a key factor was that the rear fender was modified and hugged the tire closely, and it was mounted to the swing arm so it "bobbed" up and down with the wheel. I've seen on the web where some are just painting their bikes flat black and calling them bobbers. Plus you would need to remount the seat or change it all together so it is mounted to the frame since the fender support is gone.

I've consider the bobber factor for my 1600 but I don't think I could get up the nerve to cut away the fender mounts from the frame. It just seems so final. I don't think the style of the 1500 or 1600 lends itself to a cool looking bobber. I think the best bobbers are the softail style with no shocks interrupting the flow of the bikes lines. To me, these styles of bikes are the nicest looking, the way the frame curves down and flows right into the swing arm, like the VN900 or VN800.

Any comments?

Incidently I came across this pic on the web of a 900 bobber. I like! I think the 900 has great lines and is a very balanced looking bike.

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Old 12-01-2012, 01:37 AM   #2
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I think it's all relative. To me? A bobber is like a chopper, in that it has had all of the stuff 'removed' (chopped/bobbed) to lean it up a bit. But what seperates, in my mind, a bobber and a chopper in the sense of what you see today, is that a bobber pretty much only takes stuff off, it doesn't really put anything new on. A chopper, in my mind, is full of new stuff. Remove the fender and put a new one on, instead of cutting the old one. Ape hangars, big chrome rims, etc.

Of course, to others, that same bike is a 'bobber' that I called a 'chopper' and vice versa.

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Old 12-03-2012, 01:24 AM   #3
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I don't know about choppers... But for me bobber is following a certain philosophy when modifying your bike: remove anything that does not serve a purpose in moving the bike faster.

As such, when bobbing, it is typical to see removal or one or more fender, chain guard, etc. less weight--> faster.




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Old 12-03-2012, 01:26 AM   #4
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One more thing, historically the term Bobber came from act of bobbing (cutting)the rear fender... I read somewhere.


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Old 12-03-2012, 04:10 AM   #5
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http://wichita.craigslist.org/mcy/3434225444.html

I like some bobbers, but not all. I found this one some silly person destroyed a gixxer to make. I would have to ride with a paper bag over my head so people couldn't see me riding it, and thought you all might get a good laugh too.

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