So I'm thinking about building a bobber.

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  1. Rich

    Rich New Member

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    For the cool factor and gas mileage. How easy is it to do? I have good mechanical experience. (Did a motor swap and a rack and pinion in a driveway this summer)

    I really want a cheap build that is road worthy for occasional riding. How much should I be looking to spend?
     
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    Anybody?
     
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    are you using 'bobber' in the true sense of the word?
     
  4. monkeymunzey

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    I'm thinking about buying a bobber ;) been searching craigslist for completed, or nearly completed ones...
     
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    I've got one in the works....

    It all depends on what you are planning on starting with, what you want to end up with and how much work you are willing or are able to do yourself. Other than the cost of the bike I don't think I have more than $100 in mine and that includes paint, but I've done everything myself, and used a lot of recycled and scrap parts in the process.
     
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    That's what I'm planning on doing. Making it out of used stuff and doing everything myself.

    I figure I can build it in my garage on my spare time.
     
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    A bobber is a motorcycle that is customized by removing all extraneous and non-essential parts from the motorcycle. This is done to increase performance (higher power to weight ratio) and to increase handling (lower unsprung weight over the axles). The bobber was originally built in the late 1940s and 1950s by servicemen returning from WWII who were looking for a little excitement. The bobber-style motorcycle is the forerunner of the more modern chopper-style motorcycle.

    The word "bobber" likely gets its name from women's "bobbed" hairdos that were popular around the time, characterized by short hair that falls above the shoulder.
     
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    Have you thought about what bike to start with?
     
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    Love my nightster! :bigthumb:
     
  11. monkeymunzey

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    I'm picking up a bobbed 71 xs650 bored out to 836cc...all flat black. Need to re-ring the right cylinder and clean the carbs as soon as I get it though hah. Not bad for $1400:bowdown::bowdown::bowdown::bowdown::bowdown:

    ....it has a sportster tank though:o
     

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