SIX OF THE BEST USED CRUIS­ERS

Tri­umph isn’t the only com­pany of­fer­ing the com­bi­na­tion of prac­ti­cal­ity and per­for­mance wrapped in a cruiser pack­age

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THE ‘BOB­BER’ FASH­ION was cre­ated af­ter World War II when Amer­i­can rid­ers stripped ex-mil­i­tary Har­ley­david­sons of un­nec­es­sary parts to make them lighter, faster and cooler. The Street Bob of­fered a mod­ern, masspro­duc­tion take on this craze when it was launched in 2006 and the name is still go­ing strong more than ten years later (see p56). It has all the hall­marks of a classic bob­ber, from the low seat to the ape-hanger bars, fat tank and big, wire wheels.

It’s based on Har­ley-david­son’s Su­per Glide and with prices start­ing at £12,245 for a new one, it’s a lot more ex­pen­sive than a Tri­umph Bob­ber. But then this is a Har­ley,

so it’s more au­then­tic and it’s also a guar­an­teed crowd-puller wher­ever it goes, so what price do you put on cool?

Be­cause it’s been around for so long, there are plenty of sec­ond­hand op­tions on the mar­ket, though even they aren’t ex­actly cheap as they hold their value well. Ex­pect to pay at least £6000 for an early model.

The cur­rent bike makes around 76bhp from its 1690cc twin-cam engine and will only re­turn about 43mpg so it’s not a cheap ma­chine to run ei­ther. And don’t ex­pect much in the way of ex­tras — af­ter all, the whole bob­ber ethos is about strip­ping away the non-es­sen­tials, rather than adding crea­ture com­forts.

At 304kg, the Street Bob is a big heavy bruiser, just as Har­leys should be, and the sus­pen­sion is pretty ba­sic, as you’d ex­pect from this kind of bike. The ape-hanger bars aren’t ex­actly com­fort­able so you prob­a­bly won’t be tour­ing Europe on the Street Bob but its lazy, low-down power is as re­li­able as the engine is sim­ple and it has kept gen­er­a­tions of Har­ley fans happy, so why change any­thing?

If you buy an ear­lier model, you’ll be get­ting the older Twin Cam 1449cc/1584cc engine which is ob­vi­ously a bit slower and less torquey than the cur­rent 1690cc lump. But who cares? No-one buys a Har­leydavid­son Street Bob for per­for­mance. This bike is all about looks, at­ti­tude and life­style and if you like your hogs, this is among the coolest of them all.

Har­ley-david­son Street Bob (2006-2017) > £6000-£11,500 > 76bhp > 304kg (kerb) > 1449-1690cc V-twin

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