Anyone who knows me, knows I love my bikes, specifically my Harleys! Lately I’ve been buying older stock Harley Davidson Sportsters then customizing them. I’ve bought quite a few sportster bikes from women who were big riders back in the 80’s and 90‘s. They used to be considered a “chick’s bike” but not any more. I take the stock bikes and add my own flavor, turning them into bobbers.
For those of you who don’t know about bikes, a bobber is a custom motorcycle that usually has had the front fender removed and the rear fender chopped, which makes the bike lighter and look aggressive. Basically you chop it up and make it more of an Easy Rider look, to use a movie analogy. Every time I do a bike it’s different. I treat each one like an art project on wheels. Sometimes I powder coat it, which means taking the parts and sending it to a powder coater to personalize it with pin stripping or blacking the parts out to a flat black or even sanding them down to the metal. I love picking out new or vintage grips, seats and bars – sometimes apes and other times drag bars. I’ve even been known to throw old vintage white-walls on a bike. It’s all about putting my own twist on it. Then, if I can let the bike go, I re-sell it.
Of course, getting the right parts is always the biggest challenge. Locally we have a place called Garage Company that sells motorcycle gear with new and vintage bike accessories at a reasonable price. They also re-build bikes or take custom bike orders. Yoshi, the owner, knows everything there is to know about bikes. From Triumph to Ducati to Harleys – there’s nothing he can’t help you with. Of course, if you don’t have an expert like Yoshi in your area, you can always pick up parts at a motorcycle swap meet near you. There are also a variety of outlets for aftermarket parts online, including Craigs List and Ebay.
At the end of the day, you can take a bike with stock performance and chop it out into something really cool. But, whatever you choose to do with your bike, the outcome is always rewarding.