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Soulrider
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sweet bobber

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Post by Bearcx » Mon May 17, 2010 12:07 am

Do those bars really work?? :shock:
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Post by Chucky » Mon May 17, 2010 7:45 am

well theres a picture of him riding it :wink:

I like the bars :D

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Post by Neo Dutch » Fri May 21, 2010 2:05 pm

It's pretty cool, but it's not a bobber.

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Post by Spokes » Fri May 21, 2010 3:45 pm

Cmon Neo... you know that "Bobber" is the cool word now.
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Post by KeithinSB » Sat May 22, 2010 2:38 am

I hate the green.
I thought the bobber was the guy riding it?
Ride it like you can fix it.

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Post by Soulrider » Sat May 22, 2010 11:00 am

my mistake Neo. Since you say it's not a bobber. What is it then. And can you define a bobber for me.

*#@**. Maybe I'm on the wrong forum. Thought I was on Australian bobbers dot com.

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Post by Neo Dutch » Sat May 22, 2010 2:42 pm

Good for you SR, there no shame in being prepared to learn something.

This is a Bobber.

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The green bike at the top of this thread is a chopper. Historically it also might have been called a "short chop".

Personally, I can't fathom this trend of refering to short choppers as bobbers. Are the owners ashamed of their bikes? Do they think a bobber holds more cred than a chopper? Are they trying to distance themselves from the bikes built by OCC?

There will be some readers that pooh-pooh the idea trying to use the correct nomenclature, saying "who cares, call it whatever you want" or something along those lines. I can safely say that after you've made a ten hour round trip to buy a cheap "shovelhead" only to find out it's an "ironhead" Sportster, you'll care.
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Post by Soulrider » Sat May 22, 2010 3:24 pm

Does it come down to the front and rear rims matching and a crazy old pogo seat or sprung saddle then?

So my hard tail 'short chop' shovel just needs to swap the 21in wheel for a 16in. And it's a bobber??
And a saddle seat.

Can a bob have rear shocks??

Can a bob have a raked frontend?

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Post by Tex » Sat May 22, 2010 5:45 pm

Check this out. It gives a fair assessment of what constitutes a Bobber or a Chopper


http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-kno ... d-a-bobber

Even Wikipedia have got in on the act!!


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobber_(motorcycle)

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Post by Cromag » Sat May 22, 2010 6:02 pm

Havent followed the links, but generally 'bobber is a stock bike with the bits you dont want taken off, including having the big guards, bobbed...or cut back' .......

i agree with the iron/shovel sporty statement....see a lot of that around....but i think most folks have taken the idea that if you dont cut the stock frame then its a bobber.....truth be told, an evo in a stock straightleg or wish bone frame is a creation of another kind....chopper? for want of a better term.

it never worries me what folks call em, i evaluate what i see...the rest is codswallop
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Post by Bacca » Sat May 22, 2010 7:42 pm

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bobber (motorcycle), a motorcycle with many standard parts removed to reduce weight or to present a "clean" or minimalist aesthetic

Chopper (motorcycle), a type of customized motorcycle

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To me a chopper has longer forks as well as other mods

Like most things the meaning can change with time

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Post by oyamum » Sat May 22, 2010 9:05 pm

does it matter? iv often said that im going for a "bobber" look on my bike however it isnt a rigid but will have stock rake bobbed front gaurd etc but i realy dont care what its called you can call it a p.o.s for all i care it makes no difference as long as the rider enjoys themselves and loves there hobby then who cares..... thats just my 2c

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Post by KeithinSB » Sun May 23, 2010 1:58 am

I always thought a bobber was a stock frame with as much of the extras trimmed off as possible.
And a chopper was a stock frame that after the extras are trimmed off, And then the frame is cut and modified.
If you don't chop up the frame. it isn't a chopper.
Ride it like you can fix it.

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Post by pommychopper » Sun May 23, 2010 7:35 am

I'm sick to death of the Bobber fashion and have been for a while now.
I get calls every week about building a Bobber frame, i just can't be bothered to tell people that you just can't build a Bobber frame....etc....etc....bla....bla...bla...

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