Bobber or the so-called bob-job evolved from an earlier type of American custom motorcycle, the 'Cut Down', which appeared in the late 1920s, and which was based on the Harley-Davidson 'J' series v-twin. At that time there were enough motorcycle fans who wanted bikes with improved performance and modern appearance. And so ‘he cut-down’ was born with removed front fender and shortened rear. It’s also characterized be a modified frame with lowered tube and shortened wheelbase. As a result, there was a lower, shorter and lighter vehicle.
The first bob-jobs appeared in the mid-1930s, and tended to reflect their somber competition origins, with plain paint jobs and no extra chrome or decoration.
Soon after World War II, bob-jobs as well as hot rods, became essential motorbikes for custom decorative modifications. Such modifications as wild paint jobs, a smaller gas tank, raised handlebars, and exhaust pipes which turned upwards at the rear became the standard for bob-jobs, which grew in popularity both as show bikes and ordinary road bikes. The bob-job evolved through the 1950s and 60s and usually reflected the aesthetic tastes of their owners, and were exclusively home-built, there being no commercially produced road-going bob-job available until the late 1990s.
The bobber remains one of the most beloved custom styles for motorbikes.
Moto blogMon, 30 Apr 2012
Our European correspondent Tor Sagen was invited to test the 2012 offerings from Italy-based Headbanger Motorcycles. Headbanger offers six different models, some of which available in a couple of variants. Tor shared with us some of his first impressions of Headbanger’s 2012 range.Tue, 31 Jan 2012
Harley-Davidson will introduce a new 1200cc Sportster model released by the California Air Resources Board. The new 2012 Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two is expected to be announced at the company’s winter dealer meeting next month, and it may not be alone. Newly released documents from the CARB reveal the Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two among the company’s 1200cc Sportster offerings alongside the Forty-Eight, 1200 Custom and Nightster.Thu, 01 Dec 2011
On its Facebook page today, Victory motorcycles released a teaser video for an upcoming model to be unveiled December 9 at 7pm CST. The video is a brief 43 seconds that begins with the sound of spray paint being shaken and black paint being “sprayed” onto the camera. What follows is a montage centered around pinstriping and boulevard attitude, as the video sequences between scenes of a man applying pinstripes to what presumably is Victory’s new model and POV shots of this machine rolling down a typical avenue.Wed, 15 Dec 2010
A UNIQUE Harley-Davidson motorcycle – the only one in the UK – has been created by a Scottish dealership. Glasgow-based West Coast Harley-Davidson’s customised Bobber style XL1200 Nightster screams style and individuality, with a Harley-Davidson Factory Radical Paint set and a host of added accessories. Named Devil’s Infantry, the paint kit on the striking machine is one of just five across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.Fri, 22 Jan 2010
On the surface, The Harbortown Bobber by One World Studios Ltd. is a documentary about the build/restoration of a bobber bike owned by Scott Di Lalla, co-founder of One World, and co-producer/co-director of Harbortown. However, what I took away from the 75-minute DVD was that the film is less about the skeletal remains of a ’69/’71 Triumph rising from the ashes, and more about the people (characters in a film for sure!) that help Scott along the way to realizing his dream of breathing life into a bobber of his own.Tue, 09 Jun 2009
The first release from One World Studio, Choppertown: The Sinners, is a documentary film about garage-built motorcycles that also follows the renowned hot rod and motorcycle club the Sinners. The second release, Brittown: A British Motorcycle, documents legendary underground mechanic and Britbike connoisseur “Meatball” from the Hell On Wheels bike shop in Anaheim, CA. The latest release by award winning directors, Scott Di Lalla and Zack Coffman comes, The Harbortown Bobber, which was two years in the making will be released in July 2009. For more info on how to purchase a DVD and for film updates, go to the site. Check out all three trailers after the jump.Thu, 28 May 2009
British motorcycle design studio Xenophya Design and product designer Ellis Pitt have teamed up to produce a new company, Mac Motorcycles. Based out of Upton-Upon-Severn in Worcestershire, England, Mac Motorcycles will produce a line of bikes powered by Buell’s air-cooled single cylinder 492cc engines used in the Blast, with a tubular backbone frame. On the company’s website, Pitt describes its bikes as being simple to maintain, include references and details from choppers and bobbers and feature “Harley posture, flat-track manners, Ducati handling”.