Bobber Motorcycles: What Is It and How to Build One!
What is a Bobber motorcycle? This is a question that many people ask, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The Bobber motorcycle can be described as a custom motorcycle with the front fender removed and the rear fender trimmed, stylized to look like the 1930s-1950s production motorcycles. Some of the main characteristics of a Bobber motorcycle include removal of unnecessary accessories, low stance, and oftentimes, custom paint job. In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between Bobber motorcycles and other types of bikes, as well as how to build your Bobber motorcycle!
The Origins of Bobber Style Motorcycles
The Bobber style of motorcycle first originated in the United States in the 1930s and 1940s. Riders who customized their bikes to have this minimalist style were known as "Bobbers". The main goal of these riders was to remove all unnecessary weight from their motorcycles, which resulted in a stripped-down or "Bobbed" look. After the '50-the '60s the model changed its appearance a little: the frame became higher, the angle of the fork changed more than once, the handlebars became wider, the wheels were almost completely equal in size.
This type of motorcycle became a cult after the appearance in 1953 of Stanley Kramer's film "Savage".
Characteristics of Bobber Motorcycles
Several key characteristics distinguish a Bobber motorcycle from other types of bikes:
- Bobbers typically have a low stance, meaning that they sit lower to the ground than most other motorcycles. This gives them a more aggressive appearance and allows for better control when riding.
- Many Bobbers feature custom paint jobs that can be extremely intricate and elaborate.
- Bobbers often have fewer accessories than other motorcycles. This includes things like a front fender, saddlebags, and windshield.
- Unlike Сhoppers, the Сlassic Bobber was a sporty attribute.
- Even if you compare Bobbers to other bikes, on the price scale, the first would be the undisputed winner.
Old School Bobbers VS New School Bobbers
There are two main types of Bobber motorcycles: old school Bobbers and new school Bobbers. Old school Bobbers were first popularized in the 1940s and 1950s, while new school Bobbers started becoming popular in the early 2000s. The main difference between these two styles is that old school Bobbers focus more on simplicity and functionality, while new school bobbers typically have more elaborate designs and features.
How to Build a Bobber Motorcycle
Building a Bobber motorcycle can be a fun and rewarding project, but it can also be a bit challenging. In this section, we will walk you through the process of building your Bobber! One thing to keep in mind is that building a Bobber motorcycle is a very personal process. You can customize your bike with whatever parts or paint job you want!
The first step is to gather the necessary materials. This includes things like a frame, fenders, seat, handlebars, and more. You can find most of these items at your local motorcycle shop.
Once you have all of the necessary materials, it's time to start assembling your bike! The best way to do this is by watching a few build videos online. This will give you a better idea of the process. Also remember, there's nothing wrong with asking for help from professional mechanics and learning as much as you can from them.
You need to make up your mind about a few things. Decide which type of Bobber motorcycle you want! Old school Bobber or new school Bobber. Also, consider your budget, this will help determine how much work can go into making the frame perfect for what you plan to use it for (whether racing or cruising).
- Start by finding the perfect motorcycle that you would like to make. The most popular Bobber motorcycles include Yamaha Virago XV920R; Honda Shadow VT750C/CD Shadow ACE 750 Deluxe (1994-2000); Suzuki Savage LS650 Boulevard S40 (2006+); Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom (2007+). But it is better to choose thinner models. Look at what Bobber motorcycles have in common. Figure out what you like and make a list of the parts you need. Next, take apart the unnecessary components.
- Seat. You can change or replace it altogether, making it perfect for you. The Bobber seat is easy to install, so just buy what you like and install it. As you know, a bobber usually has a leather, solid seat. You can make one yourself by re-stuffing the base from an old saddle with leather, or just go to a local tanner who will make you a saddle in the best way possible! Don't forget that you'll also need saddle springs and a sturdy frame.
- Wings. An obligatory element of bobber bikes is a shortened front and rear fender. Check the size of your tires and buy a fender that is about 5-10 cm wider, this will give you room if you ever want to get slightly wider tires and still make it narrow. You also need to apply paint, chrome, or powder coating to the edge to prevent rust. Don't forget, this is a design element that is completely up to you.
- Changing the exhaust system and muffler. Find a muffler that can give your motorcycle the distinctive rumble of afloat, but still protect the engine.
- Buck. Bobbers often have a smaller tank compared to the original one. 6L is not necessary, but the big old tanks are not for bobbers.
- Rudder. The steering wheel is changed to a smaller or more compact one.
- Headlights. You can purchase headlights specifically designed for bobbers.
- Hull painting and decorating. This is the stage when you can let your imagination run wild.
In conclusion, we have discussed what makes a bobber motorcycle unique. We also talked about how it has evolved and some key characteristics that distinguish it from other types of bikes. Don't forget! The driver must think about safety first and foremost.
If all goes well then once everything has been purchased and put together, there's nothing left except riding around enjoying yourself with friends!