DON’T SAY MY UNCLE IS BOBBED
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.