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08-30-2012, 05:06 PM
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Yamaha V Star Bobber?
I'm thinking about having my bike turner into a bobber. Just something different since I'm kind of bored with this. I ride a v star 950 and I am in Nebraska. I don't mind taking the bike to someplace far to get this done. Anyone have any recommendations? Or do people recommend a bobber Kit or know of any good bobber kits for the V stars?
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09-01-2012, 03:46 PM
Post: #2
RE: Yamaha V Star Bobber?
There are bobber kits available if you search online. It really depends on your personal preference, your skills, and the size of your bank account. If you want I'm sure you can find a shop somewhere that can make this conversion for you.
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09-03-2012, 02:57 AM
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RE: Yamaha V Star Bobber?
Hi, I just bought my first XV1300 Tourer yesterday. Sorry, but what is a bobber?
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09-03-2012, 10:16 AM
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RE: Yamaha V Star Bobber?
(09-03-2012 02:57 AM)SnaykByte Wrote:  Hi, I just bought my first XV1300 Tourer yesterday. Sorry, but what is a bobber?
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it's where they remove the front fender...on your new bike (congrats btw) I probably wouldn't do it unless you really like the look of it. with that said it does help make the bike lighter if thats what your going for.
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09-03-2012, 12:48 PM
Post: #5
RE: Yamaha V Star Bobber?
(09-03-2012 10:16 AM)Blandit Wrote:  
(09-03-2012 02:57 AM)SnaykByte Wrote:  Hi, I just bought my first XV1300 Tourer yesterday. Sorry, but what is a bobber?
Thanks!Blush

it's where they remove the front fender...on your new bike (congrats btw) I probably wouldn't do it unless you really like the look of it. with that said it does help make the bike lighter if thats what your going for.

Here's some more information on a bobber and a bobber vs. a chopper.

Quote:A bobber is a custom motorcycle that usually has had the front fender removed, the rear fender "bobbed" or made smaller, and all superfluous parts removed to make it lighter.

Quote:Bobbers are related to choppers in that they represent a minimalistic approach where the motorcycle is stripped of parts or accessories not needed but bobbers generally retain the characteristics of the stock frame.
The principal difference between a bobber and chopper is that bobbers are typically built around unmodified frames. Chopper frames are often cut and welded into shape. Bobbers 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.
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09-03-2012, 10:16 PM
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RE: Yamaha V Star Bobber?
Hi @JrLith I am going to move this thread to the V Star Wheels and Tires section found here as this thread seems to fit better there. Thanks for understanding!

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07-08-2013, 01:43 PM
Post: #7
RE: Yamaha V Star Bobber?
Technically a " bobber" is where the bike is stripped down to only the necessary parts to function legally.
They "bob' other wise cut the rear fender or remove it all together...they cut or remove the front fender...they reduce all wiring to only the legally essential components (which vary from state to state) ...they put a solo seat ....they either remove the coil spring shocks and go with a spring seat or they keep the shocks and go with a solid mounted seat....you get the idea.
Just because it's got only one seat (saddle) doesn't not make it a bobber per se but that's what people call them or classify them in that category.

At least that's my understanding of what an actual "bobber" is.

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07-08-2013, 05:39 PM
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RE: Yamaha V Star Bobber?
id like to think my bike is a bobber... yet the rear fender isnt in line with the usual theme. but it is still bobbed lol

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07-08-2013, 05:45 PM
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RE: Yamaha V Star Bobber?
(07-08-2013 05:39 PM)Mr RCOM Wrote:  id like to think my bike is a bobber... yet the rear fender isnt in line with the usual theme. but it is still bobbed lol
It's all in the eye of the beholder.
Some purist say it's not a bobber unless you cut something off...... Shy

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07-09-2013, 02:22 AM (This post was last modified: 07-09-2013 02:30 AM by Mr RCOM.)
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RE: Yamaha V Star Bobber?
Lol...almost everything is cut off.

No front fender, no turn signals, no horn, no side covers, one tiny mirror, only one throttle cable, seat is basically the pan and 2 layers of carpet foam... the only thing really stock is the frame, engine/driveline, gas tank and tire sizes lol.

(08-30-2012 05:06 PM)JrLith Wrote:  I'm thinking about having my bike turner into a bobber. Just something different since I'm kind of bored with this. I ride a v star 950 and I am in Nebraska. I don't mind taking the bike to someplace far to get this done. Anyone have any recommendations? Or do people recommend a bobber Kit or know of any good bobber kits for the V stars?

I'd look at... mean city cycles, s&s customs, and pacific coast star cycles. They have a lot of parts that fit your bike so that takes the work out of making them yourself. Or you coild get yourself a sand bag, tear drop hammers, die grinder, and sheetmetal and DIY

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07-09-2013, 07:18 AM
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Yamaha V Star Bobber?
Look into the new Yamaha Bolt. It's a bobber style with comfort. I test rode one and really liked it.
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07-20-2013, 02:17 PM
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Yamaha V Star Bobber?
I considered a new '13 Bolt before finally settling for an '02 1100 Classic. Money was the deciding factor. Reviews for the bolt are great as well. The all black is very nice looking.
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