DON’T SAY MY UN­CLE IS BOBBED

Cycle World - - Intake - KEN­NETH MOR­RIS CY­CLE­WORLD.COM

I have grown com­pletely weary of you whip­per­snap­pers call­ing mo­tor­cy­cles “bob­bers” and “chop­pers.” On the side of a Velveeta box it states that it is a cheese prod­uct, not cheese. A bet­ter term for th­ese bikes would be “bob­ber­ish” or “chopper-like” cus­tom mo­tor­cy­cle prod­uct. Rep­re­sent­ing th­ese mo­tor­cy­cles as the gen­uine ar­ti­cle wounds me to the deep­est core of my soul.

The orig­i­nal bob­bers were al­most all war-sur­plus Har­leys or In­di­ans that had been stripped of as many nonessen­tial parts as pos­si­ble. Usu­ally they had no front fend­ers and a cut-down “bobbed” rear fender, hence the name “bob-job” or “bob­ber.” Tak­ing the “tin” off was a quick and easy way to get a lit­tle more per­for­mance from a bet­ter power/ weight ra­tio. A later evo­lu­tion was the chopper. This name comes from mod­i­fy­ing or chop­ping the frames that were most com­monly an old hard­tail Har­ley frame pur­chased cheap! Once again they were do-it-your­self projects that were built on an ex­tremely low bud­get by the owner. What is cur­rently called a bob­ber or chopper mo­tor­cy­cle is typ­i­cally an ex­pen­sive, un­ride­able, grotesque prod­uct of an eighth-grade boy’s men­tal­ity.

I think you would do well to in­clude some mo­tor­cy­cle his­tory in your rag so that your fel­low striplings and whip­per­snap­pers can be prop­erly in­formed and not be trag­i­cally duped by th­ese coun­ter­feits. Thank you for lis­ten­ing to an aged in­vet­er­ate cur­mud­geon.

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