We previously talked about the café racers as one of the most popular types of vintage motorcycles, even among normal people. We decided to go a step further and bring you another vintage-related article that is especially dedicated to the Bobber motorcycle fans. It doesn’t really matter how advanced and powerful new motorcycles are, there will always be a two-wheelers segment that falls in love with custom, vintage ones.
The Origins of the Bobber Motorcycle.
It all started during the 1920s when the “Cut Down” motorcycle style was out in the American community. The “ Cut Down” style was actually based on the Harley-Davidson J series motorcycles. As the café racer series, the Bobber motorcycle (the was originally called the bob-job) relied on weight reduction whenever it’s possible. We will be talking about the features later on in this article. The Bobbers saw the light for the first time during the Class C racing in 1933 when both the Indian Daytona Scout and the Harley- Davidson WLDR and WR contributed in the National Championship.
All the motorcycle enthusiasts were impressed by the performance of these two machines on the track and started modifying their own two-wheels to match them. After the WW2, two-wheelers started to focus on their Bobber motorcycle appearance modification and adding a few tweaks that made them even look better, such as chrome parts, eye-catchy paints, and wild-looking exhausts.
The Main Features of the Bobber Motorcycle.
So, we mentioned that a Bobber motorcycle’s main feature was its light-weight due to removing unnecessary parts. What exactly are those parts? The answer is it differs. This is the beauty of custom motorcycles, each and every rider has his/her own vision in building and customizing the ultimate machine. However, there are some main features that are usually common when it comes to Bobbers; removing the front and rear fenders are among them. Some riders prefer to just shorten them, yet the majority goes with totally removing them.
Another obvious feature that your ears can notice, is the loud engine revs. That’s because most probably the Bobber motorcycle owner removed the exhaust system. This provides the machine with high power and it’s considered to be a great weight reduction method. On the other hand, this move usually shortens the lifetime of the motorcycle’s engine.
Also, another remarkable feature for a Bobber motorcycle is its lowered and short seat. It may not be the most comfortable riding seat, yet it gives the motorcycle an overall wild look. Some riders prefer to upgrade the stock motorcycle handlebars with a short one too to fit the tiny body frame.
Last but not least, the tires of a Bobber motorcycle are really thick; the kind of tires that look familiar to the ones installed on BMX street cycles. These tires are also a very well-known feature that defines the Bobbers even to normal fellas who know nothing about motorcycles.
Vintage motorcycles will always be part of our lives regardless how technology affects motorcycles. Café racers, Bobbers, Choppers, Hot-Rods and many others will always shine and steal the looks when they are roaming on the roads. We hope that you guys enjoyed our article and stay tuned for further ones about custom and vintage motorcycles.