Bobbers, Choppers, and Cafes

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by mrbreeze, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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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....
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  2. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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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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  3. JerryH

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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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  4. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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  6. Bloodweiser

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  7. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Been here awhile

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    Hours and hours of custom work??!:huh I could do that in an hour with a sawzall and some 1" flat stock for the tail light.:rofl
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    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Bobbed right, take ugly and make it cool.

    Practical ? Not in the playbook.
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  9. ZZ-R Rider

    ZZ-R Rider Captain Fantastic

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    Backyard Customs are cool! Like Bobbers and Cafes ... and Bratstyle in particular!
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  10. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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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! :lol3
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  11. mrbreeze

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    that's pretty nice! :clap:clap:clap
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  12. JerryH

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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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  13. plugeye

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    they dont care. mostly about appearance i guess
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  14. kraven

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    artistic expression
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  17. Rogue_Ryder

    Rogue_Ryder 速 Flat Biller 速

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    Here's a BSA bobber that someone locally put together, I'm sure some old sk00l purists will hate it, but I definitely dig this bike.
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  18. thesprocket26

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  19. BrookTrout

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    Here's the Six Fiddy I built a few years ago...

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    My God! That 650 is gorgeous!!
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