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Old 04-10-2013, 10:08 AM   #1
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Bobbers, Choppers, and Cafes

Recently I have gotten into the habit of perusing Craigslist, thinking I might like to get an older bike to tinker with. I am amazed at the number of bikes that have been modified to become a bobber, chopper, or cafe racer. Too be brutally honest, I think most of them are pretty hideous. An example:

http://nashville.craigslist.org/mcy/3723337423.html

But I know it can be done in such a way as to make the bike look great.



Let's see yours....
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:22 AM   #2
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I just picked up a 98 Yamaha virago 535 for the same reason. I got it cheap enough to play around with, but I don't think I want to "chop" it necessarily. I know I want zbars with old school grips, white wall tires and it slightly stripped, but not permanent changes.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:50 AM   #3
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To me, bobbers are not only ugly, but completely worthless, as you cannot carry anything on them. Due to orthopedic issues I cannot ride a cafe style bike with the low bars and rearset pegs. But a really nicely done chopper gets my attention, even if it is mostly worthless as a practical motorcycle. 20 years ago or so I had a chopper, SOHC Honda 750, Amen frame with plunger rear suspension (meaning no real suspension at all) long raked out front end, teardrop tank, banana style seat, tall sissy bar, and a stock Honda 750 rear wheel/tire, not one of those hideous 300 series tires so called choppers have today.It had medium ape hangers, well below shoulder height. It also had extreme forward controls. It had a bone jarring ride, and handled like a wheelbarrow. I doubt I could ride it now, but I love that style. You don't see to many of those, they take to much work. It's so much easier to just chop the back end off a stock bike, paint it flat black, and call it a bobber.
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:44 PM   #4
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here's one that needs a little work...

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/mcy/3682982782.html
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:53 PM   #5
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here's one that needs a little work...

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/mcy/3682982782.html
the clown who did that should be shot twice
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:52 PM   #6
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:22 PM   #7
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Recently I have gotten into the habit of perusing Craigslist, thinking I might like to get an older bike to tinker with. I am amazed at the number of bikes that have been modified to become a bobber, chopper, or cafe racer. Too be brutally honest, I think most of them are pretty hideous. An example:

http://nashville.craigslist.org/mcy/3723337423.html

But I know it can be done in such a way as to make the bike look great.



Let's see yours....
Hours and hours of custom work??! I could do that in an hour with a sawzall and some 1" flat stock for the tail light.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:06 AM   #8
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Bobbed right, take ugly and make it cool.

Practical ? Not in the playbook.
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:14 PM   #9
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Backyard Customs are cool! Like Bobbers and Cafes ... and Bratstyle in particular!
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:41 PM   #10
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I got a pair I'm doing right now. But every time I post pics of my bikes on here someone buys them from me. So, not this time!
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:51 PM   #11
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Bobbed right, take ugly and make it cool.

Practical ? Not in the playbook.
that's pretty nice!
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:18 PM   #12
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Bobbers, choppers, and cafe bikes are not going to be practical. You just have to live with that and use a backpack.

Whoever is running the Goldwing without the timing belt cover is just asking for it. It is right behind the front wheel, and if a small rock or gravel gets thrown into it, it will cause the belt to come off, or jump teeth on the pulley, destroying the engine.
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:09 PM   #13
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they dont care. mostly about appearance i guess
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:12 PM   #14
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they dont care. mostly about appearance i guess
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