Harley Davidson Bobbers

Cruiser Styling and Easy Riding With a Harley Davidson Bobber

A distinctive trend in motorbikes is for a very specific type of custom or cruiser bike, the Bobber. The Harley Davidson Bobber is a motorbike that has been cut down to its essentials to make a lightweight, stylish bike that's easy to ride and an excellent starter bike for the custom motorbike enthusiast. eBay offers a range of Harley-Davidson Bobbers, both vintage and new.

The Harley Bobber: Around since the 1920s

The idea of bobbing a Harley, that is removing the front mudguard or fender and shortening, or bobtailing the rear fender and removing superfluous parts to reduce the weight, began in the late 1920s and was originally called a bob job. Now known as Bobbers, these bikes evolved from the cut-down customisation of the Harley Davidson J-series V-twin. Fancy paint jobs were rejected in favour of matt black, and seats were reduced to single sized ones. Small wheels with fat tyres were also a feature of these early Harley Davidson Bobbers.

What are the advantages of a Harley Davidson Bobber?

As well as being stylish, the Harley Bobber has a lot of positives going for it:

  • Fashionable cruiser style, and sleek looks.
  • Affordablilty; they're often less expensive than a standard cruiser because they have less to them.
  • A clean slate ready to be customised.
Perhaps the definitive Harley Bobber: Harley-Davidson Sportster 48

If you're keen on the idea of an off-the-peg Bobber then this is the Sportster that sticks closest to the definition of a Harley Bobber. The minimalist 48 with its fat tyres and small peanut tank (introduced in 1948, hence the name) is based on the bigger 1203 cc version of the smaller V-twin. With more than adequate performance, custom potential, and authenticity, it's up there with the classics.

How should you choose a Harley Davidson Bobber?

When buying any bike, particularly a second hand or vintage model, always get a good look at the merchandise before you buy. Condition is a key factor in the value of the bike. Gauge how much work it might need to get it on the road. Look at the age of the bike and try to get a look at the service manual if you can. Checking the bike in person before you commit to buying is always advisable. If you're looking for an investment, get a bike that you can regularly get serviced.