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Building Your Very Own Bobber Motorcycle

Building Your Very Own Bobber Motorcycle

Posted by Dewayne Jasper on Aug 11th 2014

If you are willing to put in the time and effort, you can create your very own bobber motorcycle for relatively little money overall. A bobber motorcycle is a motorcycle that has had unnecessary components and parts removed in order to reduce the weight and give it a minimalist look. Typically, these parts can be removed without damaging the function of the bike. There are no rules for making your own bobber, and you have complete control of your own freedom throughout the process. Really, the removal of any component that is not required for ongoing riding is up to you and depends entirely upon the amount of weight that you would like to cut. You can leave or remove components that meet your demands as you see fit.

Danny's bobber from Choppertown the Sinners

There are a few different reasons why people might be interested in creating their own bobber motorcycle. Maybe they like the look and style of the motorcycle. May be they have had parts become damaged and need to be replaced – but no replacement parts are easily found in the market place. No matter what the reason is, there are a few things that need to be taken into account when creating your own bobber motorcycle.

Finding the Bike

There is an almost unlimited number of models that would be suitable for building a bobber. Typically, retro motorcycles are the best choice, with easily removable components. Try to find a model that was built specifically for customization purposes and also look at those that match the style that you are going for. You can look for inspiration on our blog or any number of websites dedicated to bobbers.

Bobber from Road 2 Smoke Out

Initial Changes

There are a number of different components that are typically removed when creating a bobber motorcycle. To start, the front and rear fenders are often shortened. The seat is often completely replaced or modified to be shorter and lighter overall. Many bobbers will have the stock handlebars removed, only to install smaller, more compact handlebars that will better fit the style of the bike.

Fender Changes

Fender changes are some of the most common changes that are made when creating bobber motorcycles. Most commonly the fenders are shortened, but they can also be removed entirely in order to cut back on weight. Fenders aren’t necessary, but they may be required for street riding, depending upon the laws in your local area.

Bobber fender fabrication

Seat Changes

Seats are often commonly changed or replaced on bobbers as well. Bobber seats often resemble board track racers that were seen in the early 1900s. Many choose to modify an existing seat to give it that bobber feel. There are also several places online that carry seats suitable for bobbers, or you can choose to look for a seat using more traditional methods. The design and construction of modern seats can make them a bit more difficult to modify than previous styles. Today, these seats have a pressed steel base, which are made to be thinner but stronger, which may be something you look to avoid.

Kutty's Bobber Seat from Choppertown


One of the defining features of a bobber motorcycle is the removal of the muffler and modification of the exhaust system. Increasing the sound output of the motorcycle is the staple of a bobber. Although this is illegal in many states within the U.S., there are plenty of places around the world in which these modifications are completely legal for street riding. Keep in mind that the removal of mufflers can have an effect on the running condition of the engine, which can cause problems with the motorcycle moving forward.


Custom lights are often added to bobber motorcycles and are available at numerous different websites. There are lights made specifically for bobber motorcycles, but there also isa wealth of customized lights available;either option can be an excellent choice for bobber-style motorcycles.

Dennis Goodson's bobber

Bobber motorcycles have become increasingly popular over the course of the last few years as retro motorcycles have gained additional attention. Although there once was a defined style for bobber motorcycles, today it is all about customization and the removal of unnecessary parts.

Dewayne Jasper has been riding for over 6 years; you can also follow him on Twitter and know about his riding.

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