THE MOTO NEWS website nicely sums up the chopper/bobber story.
"The principal difference between bobbers and choppers is that bobbers are typically built around unmodified frames while chopper frames are often cut and welded into shape. They also often lack most of the chopper’s aesthetic characteristics such as chromed parts and elongated forks. Thus, bobbers are fairly easy to create from stock motorcycles and are generally hand built.
It wasn’t until the 1960’s and 1970’s that the term chopper arrived on the scene. Motorcycle enthusiasts were looking for a way to change their motorcycle again and they did. After the movie “Easy Rider” they had found what they where looking for. Builders started removing parts they deemed unnecessary like the windshield, fenders, crash bars, and even the headlights. If it was for show and it didn’t make the motorcycle run or if it wasn’t holding the bike together, it was discarded. It was after this that the original bobber made its way to be known as a bobber chopper.
After this, people started changing the angle at which the front wheel was sticking out. The size of the gas tanks started getting smaller and the handlebars got taller when they added ape hangers. Since there wasn’t any type of fender, the size of the tire started to get played with as well. The most sought-after look for a bobber chopper is a thin front wheel with a very large rear tire. In biker lingo a bike with a very chunky or wide rear tire is called a Fat Bastard.
It has been said that the difference between bobbers and choppers doesn’t come down to what’s on the bike and what isn’t. It comes down to whether it has a short front end or a long front end. If the bike has been customized and changed with nothing done to the front end, it is a bobber. If the front end has been stretched out then it is a chopper."
Suspected Yamaha V-Star bobber
This white-walled metric custom must have the longest cowhorns around! Leather saddle, hard-tail frame (?) and totally bobbed fender showcase the V-twin bobber V-Star. Not sure taping the pipes is good for the motor but it sure looks right.
Is that a hand gear-shift I see on the left side of the bike?
A nice example of a classis-style Japanese bobber motorcyle.
Okay, let me say first off, it's a beautiful bobber and it has all the classic indications of a prototypical bobber. It's got the sprung seat, the flat(ish) handlebars, old school rubber, horribly inadequate brakes, pipe wrap, teeny weenie brake light, no front fender...Shall I go on?
You see for yourself. Sometimes bobbers are just not going to be great rides on our wonderfully crumbling roads. Which leads me to my tiresome complaint about bobbers and choppers. Bear with me.
I simply can't stand a rigid frame for any functional, rideable motorcycle. Most people in the whole wide world have to put up with shitty pavement, crumbling, pot-holed roads crossed by rail lines, maintenance cuts etc.
Why can't the geniuses who create these works of art also make them FUNCTIONAL? It drives me crazy!
That said, I think you'll agree this bike is a beauty. Enough said.
This rare and unusual KAWASAKI GTR250 BOBBER is like nothing around. Big ballon tires bookend a modern swingarm, black and chrome pipe, nicely bobbed rear fender and sharp paint among other more subtle touches. I've not seen anything like it! Very nicely original.
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