ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Bobber Motorcycles

Updated on July 10, 2013

Bobber Motorcycles

The basics of bobber motorcycles (choppers). Discover a taste of the bobber chopper culture and those that build them. Bobbers are a passion and a culture in the motorcycle realm.

Bobbers were the result of the first attempts at customizing motorcycles (Harley's mostly) in the 40's, and will always be a staple in the chopper and custom motorcycle industry...

A Brief History of Bobber Choppers

Bobbers are increasingly becoming more popular. Here's why...

What are bobber motorcycles and choppers? It may sound like a crossbreed between a bike and fishing gear, but that is far from what a bobber really is. If it does sound like that to you, you've probably seen many of this type of motorcycle but may not have heard the term "bobber" before.

Side Note: The first picture above is of an old school xs650 bobber built by one of our custom choppers guide subscribers. The second picture here is of a Kawasaki Bobber built by another subscriber.

Bobber motorcycles are, to put is concisely, motorcycles which have been stripped

of any and all extraneous or non-essential parts. This causes the bike to have a better power-to-weight ratio and, by lowering the un-sprung weight over the axle's, increases handling performance. "If it ain't necessary, it ain't on a bobber," might be the motto of a bobber builder.

bobber build
bobber build

Bobber Motorcycles and The End Of The War...

After the end of World War II, when the servicemen were returning from the European theater, a lot of the military's motorcycles, mainly Harley-Davidsons, returned to America as well. Some arrived in pieces packed in foot lockers; others were shipped back to the States and sold as surplus. The motorcycles had proven handy for traveling over the less than smooth roads in the war zone. These bikes had full fenders to prevent mud and debris from flying up into the soldier's faces.

Well, those young men coming back from war had seen a lot of excitement and lived to tell about it. They wanted some excitement back at home. To achieve this goal, many of these motorcycles were purchased and stripped down to essentials. Fenders were chopped off to half-fenders, and in the case of front fenders, frequently removed all together.

The result of chopping the fenders gave the bobber motorcycles a look that was lean and longer than the stock motorcycles of the day. Motorcycle enthusiasts and early bikers found this look to be something they really liked. Some of the early choppers were bobbers with extended front forks to add more to this long, lean look.

Bobbers and Women's Hair?

The name bobber is said to have come from the lady's hairstyle of the time frame when these motorcycles were first created. Women were wearing short "bob" haircuts that did not require all the care and primping that long, curly hairdos required. These were often the same ladies found with the guys riding their bobbers. Another school of thought believes that the term bobber came from the bobbed fenders, but it is much more likely that the term was transferred from the beauty salon to the motorcycle garage.

Even today, bobbers remain popular. Chopper enthusiasts tend to stick with the concepts behind the custom bobber chopper in that if it doesn't have a critical function; it shouldn't be on the sled. After all, how many times do you see choppers with engine guards, full fenders, and lots of accessories like a pair of saddle bags? Purists simply don't mess up their choppers with lots of stuff.

In fact, bobbers have recently found a major resurgence in popularity and the term is becoming more and more in the lime light. American Motorcycles 1902, a new producer of old school bobbers, began production of a very limited line of elite bobbers. Their first bobber was called the "Ol School" and was introduced at the 2005 Sturgis Bike Rally.

Building A Bobber

Building a bobber from the ground up is something for experience builders. I've seen plenty of first timers do it, but it's recommended you start with a kit bike or bob a motorcycle. You can turn just about any bike into a bobber motorcycle. But one of the most popular choices is the XS650. The XS650 is one of the more popular bikes to chop or bob because it has a classic design, is easy to work with, and the engine is excellent. In addition you can find parts and used XS 650's on the cheap.

Read more about the XS650 here.

Bobber Chopper Video - Killer bobber chopper built by real people not big companies.

The bobber motorcycles on this video were created by subscribers to http://www.Custom-Choppers-Guide.com and there killer bike building courses (FREE), and paid (DVD's and chopper plans)...

Guestbook Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)