Bobbers, Choppers, and Cafes

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

  1. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    Yeah I'd rock the fuck out of that.
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  2. Randy

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    While bobbers aren't really my thing, and I'd probably take an XS in the more usual street tracker direction, I must say, that if a bobber is what you want, that is a very nice example. Very well done! :clap
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  3. ivantheterrible

    ivantheterrible Been here awhile

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    to me the problem with Bobbers, choppers and cafes is they are usually done in a half assed way, and almost never look better or function better then what they started out as. First do no harm?
    Also, they're usually rife with cliches. Sawzall to the rear, when in doubt black it out, pipe wrap, signal seat, but leave the original tank which now looks huge and out of place. Flat bar struts, seat bump the has no relationship to the rest of the bike. the list goes on.
    I've done all of these at one time or another, so i'm not speaking from some holy hill. Fortunately it's always been on worthless bikes, which is mostly true of the poorly done bikes I've seen. Even though it's none of my business ,because people can do whatever they like with their property, it galls me a little to see it done to some old classic. the poor yamaha xs650 (one of the best looking bikes ever, in stock form ) and the honda cb's suffer the worse abuse.
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  4. mikesova

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    Here's my take on it. I'm going for a pretty subdued chopper look. I bought a cheap bike that was too nice (in my opinion) to truly chop. I am customizing it, but I don't want to do anything irreversible.

    I wanted z-bars:

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    I did some exhaust wrap to cover some pitted pipes and I used plasti-dip on the chrome pods to lose some more shiny stuff. (plasti dip just peels off when you don't want it anymore)

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    Did some new pegs:

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    I got a tank from ebay that had the stock paint buffed off and spray bombed. I buffed the spray off with some gas soaked sandpaper and was left with this:

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    I kind of dig the little divots with the paint still in them, so I decided to do a clear coat over it. I can always change my mind and do it differently if I don't like it. I'll just have to be careful with gas since I just used a single stage rattle can.
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  5. ivantheterrible

    ivantheterrible Been here awhile

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    that's a good platform for what you're doing, and imho, you've only improved the over all look, without sacrificing any of the practical aspects of the bike.
    that's another thing---picking the right platform. Has there ever been a successful cafe racer made from a cruiser?

    I hope my post didn't offend. i get that it's mostly about messin' around, having fun and making something your own.

    the bike before my current one, which is a pretty cool (if I do say so myself) nighthawk 250 street tracker conversion, was a sr500. It was a beauty, in nearly showroom condition, that I got rid of in part because I need to be able to change up whatever I own, and i couldn't stand the thought of touching such a mint example.
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  6. mikesova

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    Yeah, I mostly agree with you on the cliche stuff. The tractor seats look awfully uncomfortable for actual riding. I've heard that the virago stock seat is pretty awful, but it's got to be better than a curved piece of steel sheet metal with a couple springs welded to it. I also think the most asinine thing you could do with a bike is to pull perfectly good shocks off and bolt on a couple steel struts. They get the worst of both worlds of ride quality and looks.
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  7. rider929

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    She is almost done.:clap
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  8. Randy

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    IMO, yes. I've seen several examples that I would consider pretty successfully done. HERE'S one more recent one that I could link to right now, but there have been others. In fact, that forum has a fairly long thread devoted just to that subject and I found several in it that makes the grade for me.


    Edited to add: ANOTHER HERE.

    Or perhaps:

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    Or

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    :1drink
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  9. ivantheterrible

    ivantheterrible Been here awhile

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    I stand corrected! those are very nice.

    but I still think there's way more failures 'cuz someone is trying to shoe horn a type of bike into a style that doesn't work.
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  10. brokeassloser

    brokeassloser I'll do it!!!

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    The failures come from someone thinking all they need is a sawsall and a rubbish bin to throw half the bike in and they have a custom. The bikes you are seeing in this thread that look good were built not just hacked. I'm especially digging the 650!
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  11. dhallilama

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    my daily driver / good timer...

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  12. juun

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    was this posted on chop-cult?!
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  13. dhallilama

    dhallilama Been here awhile

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    aye... i'm a member over there & jockey journal... think there's build threads on both for this bike
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  14. ZZ-R Rider

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    Check out this cool Suzuki LS650 "Brat" Steet Tracker hybrid from Indonesia!

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  15. Datan556

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    Me likey :evil
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  16. Goon310

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    I guess it's a chopper.:rofl
    The "Snot Rocket"!
    My dad and I finished this today.

    Looking to get a basket case ironhead sporty this summer and figure out how to put it together!

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  17. corndog67

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    Serious question. You love the style of your old chopper, but you hate bobbers. I don't see any difference, other than a different style, between the 2 types. You call the wide tire, hideous. Its just different from yours, no more or less functional, actually , both are pretty non-functional.

    Why the animosity towards a different style of bike? Carrying your comment a bit further, yours was just a stock engine bolted into an aftermarket frame, it isn't like you bought some tubing and made it yourself.
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  18. Super Sneaky Steve

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    I think part of the problem with these style of bikes is that aftermarket parts are usually cheaper and crappier than OEM. They also aren't designed for your bike, so they usually look a little off.

    I still love me some cafe, but if I ever get another new bike, she's staying stock. OK, maybe just a new seat for comfort. :D
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  19. thesprocket26

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    Its only custom if you build it. Bolt on doesnt count :wink:
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  20. Randy

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    What about if you build it and then bolt it on? :wink:
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