What is it with this 'Bobber' craze?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Aah5, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. IHWillys

    IHWillys Been here awhile

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    I didn't get through all the other responses but this is it: The modern "bobber" is due in large part to a plethora of inexpensive older bikes that mechanically are mostly still capable but have definitely seen their better days cosmetically(think '70s/80s UJMs). The bobber treatment is an *easy* and *cheap* method of altering the appearance of said motorcycle. It's much easier and cheaper than trying to make it look nice and original.

    Take just about every thing that is done on a UJM "bobber" and it is easy and cheap to do.

    Needs paint? Flat black is the easiest and cheapest there is, aside from simply discarding parts that need paint.
    Fenders are dented/peeling/rusty/etc, just get rid of them.
    Turn signals are bent/non-op, in the trash they go
    OEM taillight is broken or still attached to the discarded rear fender, trailer lights are cheap.
    Needs rear shocks? Some "struts" are easy and definitely the cheapest.
    Seat is all messed up? Toss it and bolt on a cheap universal Bates style.

    There I just covered 90% of UJM bobbers on CL.

    Easy and cheap combined with a readily available supply.

    Ken
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  2. ShardPhoenix

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    Fixed for further emphasis on the silliness of your post.
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  3. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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  4. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Why is it that you find the need to shit on someone's else plate? If they aren't attractive to you so be it. Why do you care that others DO like them ? Lighten up man...

    I don't get the idea of a motorcycle with ABS , traction control and all the other techno trinkets but you don't see me bagging on the pussies that need all that superfluous crap on their bikes..:wink:


    By the way if this bike is ugly or worthless to you then the problem isn't the bike. :deal

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  5. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Isn't this that guy?

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    Cheap, simple, easy to make, did I mention cheap?

    Cruisers (flashy, chromey ones) are pretty low on my list of favorite styles of bikes, but this post actually got me really excited about them. To me, they're like the anti-cruisers of the cruiser world.
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  6. Vanishing Point

    Vanishing Point A very sad panda

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    After a whole lifetime of not liking the old 1970's chopper style bikes all of a sudden I'm looking at them with a new interest. I guess tastes change. Part of life is who you are and part of it is how you want others to perceive you. So much of riding motorcycles is a part of that equation for some people.

    I do like looking at bobbers though. Don't really want to ride one that much.
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  7. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    I am thinkin abt building me one..

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  8. BificusRex

    BificusRex Been here awhile

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    I think all bike styles and brands are cool

    http://www.thechopperunderground.com/forum/index.php?app=core&module=attach§ion=attach&attach_rel_module=post&attach_id=37210

    http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff27/SClow303/BlackBrat1.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v241/kennyclean1/Trailer%20Trash%20Choppernite%2020/100_2204.jpg

    But I really like ape hangers.
    To the OP, I am not sure what its like "down under" but I think the idea of alot of surplus 70's and 80's bikes for free or next to nothing and people getting creative have kick-started this "style of bike"again here in the USA. It is also the opposite end of the spectrum from the OCC type of bike, something people now want to distance themselves from.
    I have a CM450 Hondamatic that will eventually (hopefully) be turned into a bar hopping hardtailed little wannabe of those honda fours and yammie xs's that are all over, certainly it wouldn't be ideal for a restoration or is very appealing for anything past an evening running around town, but could be a blast for a quick jaunt to the next pit stop.

    It's really comes down to "different strokes for different folks"...
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  9. Flyinace1

    Flyinace1 Been here awhile

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    Funny...I was just thinking about bobbing my magna if I can't sell it. Its a great bike but has a large number of cosmetic blemishes. I bought it with many and dropped it a couple times to add to the number of visual flaws. She was my 1st bike and I learned a lot over the 20,000 or so miles I put on her.

    Bobbers in my opinion are supposed to be a cruiser with the junk removed/cut off so as to make it lighter and make it look better. The looks are VERY objective. I am extremely picky with how a bobber should look and for some reason I have this idea that they should be more on the powerful side (not 250s and smaller).

    It really comes down to what one is into. I think ape hangers are stupid (no offense meant) but some people love them. I think thats one of the great things about motorcycles, they can be customized to practically whatever one likes. There is something for everyone and we get to indulge our own ideas of a two wheeled machine.
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  10. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    +1

    A simple lack of good taste. In my experience, most bobber owners/lovers live in trailer parks and also covet 2nd generation Camaros.

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  11. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    Kind of like plunking down $25k on a fully farkled "Adventure" bike and never getting it dirty...................:norton
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  12. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Wow. Just wow. I had to quote this to immortalize your condescending, pompous and arrogant view for you to enjoy later.

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  13. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    In the old days, it was a way off increasing performance* and getting a unique looking machine, whilst spending very little money. Nowadays, it seems to fall into one of two camps:

    1) A lot are 'art pieces' that people have built for them (see the Deus Ex bikes for something that typifies these), in a bobber style, because they like the aesthetic. Personally, I don't have enough disposable income to spend money on a car or bike that just sits in the garage and gets taken to shows a couple of times a year. It's a cliche, but I buy bikes to ride. That said, I don't hate on the guy who buys a desmosedici and then never rides it on the track or takes it to the ragged edge on the road. Nor (as others have pointed out) is it any worse than the guy who buys a GSA with knobbly tyres and then never goes off the tarmac. It's not for me, but as E.O.T.D says, I'll wave to them if I see them out riding and I'll be interested in talking to them about their bike if I see them in a petrol station or at a bike meet.

    2) A cheap and fun way to get a 'toy' bike out of something old that'd be a bit crap these days as serious bike. You can turn it into something a bit different and interesting for pennies, in your own garage. What GoGoGavin, IHWillys, and Dave.0 talk about, this sort of behaviour seems closer in spirit to the original reason/mentality of bobbed bikes.


    *You know, to compete with all the Brit metal that was romping all over your lardy American bikes in those days. :fitz
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  14. waveydavey

    waveydavey happy times!!

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  15. Tuna Helper

    Tuna Helper Rawrr!

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    I'm going to throw cafe bikes in that ring too. I'm on a board for old sohc Hondas and almost everyone is doing a cafe.
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  16. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    I have no idea what you are talking about Dakez, but I don't have time to argue.

    I have to remove the 3 foot pile of snow that the trailer park grounds crew left at the end of my driveway and install the new glass pack kit on my '79 Z-29 that I got for my Christmas.
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  17. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    What's wrong with Camaros? I really wanted one when I was 14...
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  18. MotoJ

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    I get why people do it. I kinda like the rat bike style, especially if that aesthetic was earned by hard use and lotsa mileage. What burns my butt is when I see a nice old survivor "bobberized" by some knucklehead hipster in his thriftshop mechanic's shirt and ironic waxed mustache. Here in Baltimore old original UJMs are getting few and far between at a rate proportional to the expanding glut of flat black "hardtail" POS populating CL. They take a $2500 bike with nice original bits and turn it into a $500 dangerous sled, and ruin NLA parts forever.
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  19. Benduro

    Benduro I<3CrayCrayVaJayJay

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    Tex Hall, referenced above, used to work for my dad in L.A. The stories I could tell. Holy geez. That could be a whole thread! Maybe I'll tell it as my dad told it to me. One factoid is that he ended up with the bikes after the movie. (They had built four, two of which were crashed in the movie). Well, they were stolen from him. How he got them back involved a fully auto Thompson sub, an execution, and a year of weekends and nights in jail while working for my dad. I think I'm gonna have to write it out. I wonder if he's still alive...
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  20. waveydavey

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    The horror!!
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