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Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

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Bobber, Bob, earlier bob-job.

This is the earliest and very popular type of custom bikes. The style formed simultaneously with biker movement on southern Westcoast, USA, on the edge of 1940-1950-s. Early motorbike customizing developed in the same time as automotive hot-rod, and was, in fact, its two-wheel branch or, you could say, its “younger brother”. Some historians think that roots of bobbers are in pre-war “hill climbers” racing motorcycles. It is not necessarily right that custom building of racing motorcycles considers weight reduction. And, unlike choppers, people were eager to race riding bobbers on the bottom of alkali flat or.

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

So, bobbers were originated as specifically sportbikes. And, unlike choppers, these bikes couldn’t afford second seat, ape hangers etc. Classic bobber has wide wheels, low handlebar, short fork on low-neck frame and tightly built outline without any additions.

Though, today’s bobbers are not meant for races, but for style and еpatage. That’s why sometimes there are such chopper elements as ape hanger. But short fork, tightly built proportions and wide wheels are main peculiarity of bobber.

There was no high incidence of front fork on bobbers, because it detained in races.

Typical bobber in modern understanding is an old school bike with low handlebar, small slope angle of front fork and tires of the same size, as a rule, built on serial frame.

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

Bobber is a motorcycle, on which removed or reduced in weight all mechanisms, which don’t affect motorcycle’s driving qualities, but reduce its full weight.

Removed: speedometer, motometer, buzzer, front brake, windscreen, front fender, tail lamps, muffler, rear suspension…

Reduced/replaced: headlight, large seats, fuel tank, accumulator battery...

Billy Bob bobber

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

The Billy Bob was built in German workshop “German Motorcycle Authority”, in Cologne. The motorbike is equipped with Revtech engine 1802 ccm. And its full weight is 251 kg. The engine has 115 hp, which transferred to rear wheel through 6-speed gearbox and chain drive.

Custom Billy Bob won a trophy on European championship “Custom Chrome”, in 2011.

Bobber “The Jefferson” based on Harley-Davidson XL1200 1999 by American workshop Cooper Smithing Co. It is a participant of 2010 World Championship Of Custom Bike Building.

It took the 2 place in Modified Harley-Davidson Class, in which compete motorbikes with Harley frames and engines.

Alteration of frame construction and partial engine modification are allowed (but the main requirement is that case must be original).

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

“The Jefferson” bobber was built by Joe Cooper from “Cooper Smithing Co”. Joe used Harley-Davidson XL1200 produced in 1999 as donor bike. Everything, except engine, was replaced or altered.

Among handiworks we should mention fuel tank and rear fender. Both elements are polished and covered with nickel, as exhaust pipes. Handlebar, oil cup, chains, springer fork are also handmade. The frame is converted into hardtail like in old Harleys.

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

Specifications:
Name: The Jefferson
Year / Model: Harley-Davidson XL1200 / 1999
Engine: Harley-Davidson, 1200 см3
Frame: HD / CooperSmithingCo
Fork: CooperSmithingCo / Monster Metal
Wheels: 16 x 3
Tires: Firestone
Brakes: Harley-Davidson

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

Lady Luck bobber by American Countyline Choppers

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

Participant of 2010 World Championship Of Custom Bike Building in Freestyle class. Freestyle is freestyle – do whatever you like, but it must look like motorcycle. From all bikes of this class is chosen a “Top-10” of the championship. And the one leading the “hot 10” gets the title of World champion. The “Lady Luck” bobber was built by Pat Briggs from “Countyline Choppers”. The motorcycle is unusually unique. Many parts are handmade.

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

Specifications: Name: Lady Luck
Year / model: 2007 Bobber
Engine: Panhead 88
Frame: rigid, Kraftteck / Countyline Choppers
Fork: springer, DNA / Countyline Choppers
Front wheel: Countyline Choppers / 21
Rear wheel: Countyline Choppers / 18
Front tyre: Metzeler 120-21
Rear tyre: Metzeler 200-18

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

Harley-Davidson WLA 1942 bobber by American workshop Carl's Cycle Supply

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

Participant of 2010 World Championship Of Custom Bike Building in class of Modified Harley-Davidson, in which compete motorbikes with HarleyDavidson frames and engines. Alterations of frame construction and partial engine modifications are allowed (but the case must be original).

Bobber based on Harley-Davidson WLA 1942 was built by “Carl's Cycle Supply”. The bike was made of parts donated by members of Antique Motorcycle Club. Many components were remade and reconstructed.

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

Specifications:
Year / model: 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA
Engine: Harley-Davidson WL 45ci (750 ccm)
Frame: Harley WL
Fork: NOS Army Surplus
Wheels: Kelsey Hayes 18"
Tyres: 450-18
Brakes: H-D

Glenndyne Design Glamourtramp custom bobber

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

2010 World Championship - Freestyle

Glamourtramp bobber was built by Aaron Glenn from American company Glenndyne Design, Oklahoma City. Almost all parts and units were made by GD specifically for this project: headlight, exhaust line made of stainless steel, fender, fork, pillion footrest, seat, engine hardware, frame, battery pack. Wheels with brakes placed inside were built on Glenndyne patent technology.

Well, Glamourtramp was actually built for demonstrating of a brake system inside wheel. This is the first motorcycle with such wheels.

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

Specifications:
Name: Glamourtramp
Year / model: 2009
Engine: 1508 ccm S&S
Transmission: Ultima/Glenndyne
Frame: Glenndyne Techno-chop
Fork: Glenndyne Baja Shock
Front wheel: Glenndyne 23-3.75»
Rear wheel: Glenndyne 18x5.5»
Front and rear tyres: Avon Cobra
Front and rear brake: Willwood

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers. Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

TRS-Classicbikes Grine

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

“Grine” was built by Germans “TRS-Classicbikes”. The motorcycle is based on Harley-Davidson FL 1949, equipped with classic Shovelhead engine 1340 ccm and 4-speed gearbox.

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

Specifications:
Name: Grine
Year / model: Harley-Davidson FL 1949
Engine: Shovelhead, 1340 ccm
Gearbox: 4-speed
Frame: H-D/Wishbone Front wheel: 1.85 x 21'
Rear wheel: 3.0 x 16'
Front tyre: 90-90 x 21
Rear tyre: 130-90 x 16

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers. Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

Kleen-n-Green bobber

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

Bobber named Kleen-n-Green based on Harley-Davidson FL 1959. On this bike worked Jim Helling, Greg Miller and Brian Klock, who managed to create a stylish retro motorcycle. Kleen-n-Green was a participant of AMD 2009 World Championship in class Modified Harley-Davidsons.

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.

Specifications:
Name: Kleen-n-Green
Year / model: 59 FL
Engine: Panhead
Transmission: Harley-Davidson
Frame: Harley-Davidson
Fork: Harley-Davidson Springer
Wheels: 16"
Front tyre: Avon 500-16
Rear tyre: Avon 500-14
Brakes: drum Harley-Davidson

Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers. Bobber: what is it? Description and specifications of famous bobbers.
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