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Best way to mount rear bobber fender
Old 07-25-2012, 01:51 AM   #1
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Best way to mount rear bobber fender

Looking for mounting ideas for rear fender. I've seen them welded to the swing arm, bolted, bracketed. Also have seen others with them bolted to seat bracket but I think that involves hardtailing/making ridged by removing shock that way fender is stationary. How did you do it? Anyone have ideas, pics, info would be appreciated.
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Old 07-25-2012, 02:49 AM   #2
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whats a bobber fender ?
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:19 AM   #3
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whats a bobber fender ?
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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.[1]
Contents *[hide]*
1 History
2 Bobbers vs. choppers
3 Streetfighter
4 See also
5 References
[edit]History

The bobber was the earliest simple and stripped down custom motorcycle hand-built by individuals with mechanical skills, and was often part of the early biker clubs scene before there were any such things as choppers.[2] This style of custom motorcycle, which took shape in the 1940s and 50s,[3] is generally thought to have been started by returning WW II American servicemen working on ex-military motorcycles, and inspired by lighter European motorcycles they had seen and ridden.[4]
The bikes reflected their owners and were often homemade.[5] Today there are many companies that create such vehicles.[2] The style has also influenced motorcycle manufacturers, such as Harley-Davidson.[6]
The bobber continues to be favored by some to this day. Hybrid styles have emerged, such as the "bobber chopper," and "retro-bobber."[2][4]
[edit]Bobbers vs. choppers

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.[7]
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.
The term chopper started to be used from the late 1960s onwards, for motorcycles whose frames had been customized to have a greater angle at which the front suspension protruded with smaller fuel tanks and tall handlebars called ape hangers.[2] For many owners, the difference between bobbers and choppers doesn't come down to what's on the motorcycle but what isn't on it and whether it has a short front end or a long front end, stretched suspension defining it as a chopper.[8][9]
Whereas customized motorcycles can be extremely expensive, bobber builders tend to adopt an economical approach involving old, second hand, recycled parts and hand machined items redolent of the period before the mass-market motorcycle accessory industry had developed.[4][10]
[edit]Streetfighter

Bobbers are considered to be the first streetfighter style motorcycle.[11]
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:38 AM   #4
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I am currently riding with no rear fender, I really think thats the way to go..
But if i was to change my mind I think I would take the front fender and simply
cut it to shape and slam it against the tire, and weld it to the swing..
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:17 AM   #5
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the rear fender "bobbed" or made smaller


I'd be fucking embarrassed if I were some of you noobs.
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:35 PM   #6
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I used some couplings with flat allen head bolts. Welded to frame......with fender struts also tabs welded to frame and bolted to the fender. Close up pics in thread, if you want to get an idea. its in Me and My Shadow....
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Old 07-25-2012, 02:09 PM   #7
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My '00 is still running the stock shock and my '96 has a 1" tube strut. For the '00 I removed the stock fender and cut the cross braces off. I left the long arms from the top of the sub frame and use them to mount the fender to. It was too low at first and when the shock compressed with bumps the tire would rub on the fender. I tightened the pre-load on my shock and have not had any further issues. The final appearance is a little more of a pro-street look than a bobber look, but still has the same idea. Might have a better bobber look if I was to shorten the fender up, but I wanted to be able to throw on a passenger pillion if I wanted to.

On the '96 I went a little further and cut the sub frame of as is normally done and with the strut and no shifting of the swing arm I used three self tapping screws and attached the fender to the center of the U in the swing arm as well as welded tabs on the frame for the fender to mount to. Pics in my build threads. I did not want fender struts is the reason I went this direction.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:01 PM   #8
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noob , your gonna straight copy a definition from wikipedia?!? , .. look up hipster while your at it . some of you noobs are so damn fresh its sickening , ... claim down calling everything a bobber and asking stupid easy questions , its your bike , just fucking do it , .... geez whats up with these new skoolers?
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:12 PM   #9
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noob , your gonna straight copy a definition from wikipedia?!? , .. look up hipster while your at it . some of you noobs are so damn fresh its sickening , ... claim down calling everything a bobber and asking stupid easy questions , its your bike , just fucking do it , .... geez whats up with these new skoolers?
Where is that like button...+1.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:11 PM   #10
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I'd be fucking embarrassed if I were some of you noobs.
Hey you ask a stupid question about "what's a bobber fender" when I think we all know what the answer is you get a stupid reply in return. It's easier to say "bobber fender" then to write a paragraph that means the same thing. Thanks for the bump though.
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