Wednesday, January 21, 2009
What is a bobber?
Lucky asked a good question. Can a Sportster be a bobber? I have my thoughts and ideas on it and have gone round and round with Wes and others on the subject. I say a Sportie can be bobbed, but not really a Bobber. To me a bobber incorporates a style and a time period. When you get into the mid 1950's, especially with swing arm bikes, I feel you start getting into "customs." Not yet "choppers", but no longer bobbers. Bobbers were modified street bikes used for multi purpose. Stripped for class C racing and the like. By the 50's racers seemed to have more purpose built bikes for racing and street bikes for riding around town. The bobber era had ended. This is solely my opinion and would love to hear yours. So from me Lucky, a Sportster can't be a true bobber. Don't get me wrong. I love Sporties. I own a 1957 Sportster and it's a mild custom, but I don't consider it a bobber. So lets hear it people!