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Experts' Advise on Bobbers and Choppers

A Talk with the Artists... has invited a number of motorcycle experts and Bobber artists to give their opinions and personal views on Bobbers, Choppers and other custom bikes. Not with the intent to find alignment (nothing lost if we do or if we don't) but rather to deepen the subject.

Discover what these guys have to say!

Todd Apple (Bent Brothers Custom Motorcycles)

Kevin "Teach" Baas (Baas Metal Craft - BMC)

Justin Del Prado (DP Customs)

John Landstrom (Blue Moon Cycle)

Taber Nash (Nash Motorcycle Company - NMC)

Trent Schara (Atomic Custom)

Kevin Verkest (Fabricator Kevin's)

(Note: Since it is impossible to give you a ranking of whose bikes we love best, the above list is in alphabetical order)

Todd Apple (Bent Brothers Custom Motorcycles)

Todd Apple and Casey Chuba Mr. Todd Apple - together with Mr. Casey Chuba - runs a motorcycle shop named Pro Power Performance in Boise, Idaho, United States.

Between them, these two wrenches have over 72 years of Harley experience!

Under the name of "Bent Brothers Custom Motorcycles" these guys build real awesome custom bikes.

One example of their work is the Shovelhead "Salt Racer" that can be viewed on the Shovelhead Bobbers website.  ... Read More ...

Kevin "Teach" Baas (Baas Metal Craft - BMC)

Kevin Baas, a.k.a. 'Teach' Mr. Kevin Baas is the owner/operator of Baas Metal Craft in Lakeville, Minnesota, United States.

Kevin, a.k.a. "Teach", is a highschool tech ed. teacher by trade, but has a passion for working with metal. He has also written a book: How to Build and Oldschool Bobber.

Kevin is specialized, or has a preference so to speak, in Knuck, Pan and Shovel Bobbers. An example of his work is his 1947 Harley FL Knucklehead Bobber that he shows to us on our Knucklehead Bobbers website and that can be viewed if you click HERE.

And the beautiful thing is, Kevin does not put his precious vintage Bobbers in a museum. He puts them on the track!  ... Read More ...

Justin Del Prado (DP Customs)

Justin Del Prado Mr. Justin Del Prado is the owner/operator of DP Customs in Phoenix, Arizona, United States.

Justin has specialized in Hot Rods and Bobbers, and the Harley Davidson Ironhead is his favourite engine to work with. Recurring themes in his designs are bare metal surfaces and oldschool symbols like bomber nose art.

Examples of Justin's custom creations are the "Betty" Bobber, the "Bomber" Bobber and the Red Hot Rod that can be viewed on the Ironhead Bobbers site.   ... Read More ...

John Landstrom (Blue Moon Cycle)

John Landstrom Mr. John Landstrom is the owner of Blue Moon Cycle in Norcross, Georgia, United States.

John is a true BMW guru. On top of that he has built quite a collection of great Harley and Indian Bobbers.

John: "Ok, maybe it's just my opinion but it seems to me like every sort of custom bike today is being called a Bobber. Bobbers don't have: raked frames, extended forks, ape hangers or saddlebags. Bobbers are basically stock bikes with parts removed, usually no front fender and a shortened back fender. No parts added to the bobber should be newer than the bike itself.

Now that I am off my soap box, here is a photo of my 1969 Harley FLH. Formerly a Nevada Highway Patrol bike, this girl is now living the wild life. Sometimes chrome does get you home..."                   ... Read More ...

Taber Nash (Nash Motorcycle Company - NMC)

Taber Nash riding his #9 Short Chop Mr. Taber Nash is the owner of the Nash Motorcycle Company in Vancouver, Washington, United States.

Taber, together with his brothers Teddy and Trent, started Nash Motorcycle Company in March 2003. As the shop has grown Trent has gone on to do his own things in life, but Taber and Teddy together with friends Marlin, Josh and Austin continue to run NMC and build quality bikes and parts.

The Nash Brothers build very original custom Bobbers, Choppers and Hot Rod Bikes, mixing the old with the new. Examples of their custom creations are the "Looky Looky" Bobber and the #9 Bobber that can be viewed on the Ironhead Bobbers website.   ... Read More ...

Trent Schara (Atomic Custom)

Trent Schara Mr. Trent Schara is the owner of Atomic Custom and is located in Edgewood, New Mexico, United States.

Trent, a.k.a. "Atomic Trent", is originally from Helena, Montana, where he grew up with motocross, hot rods and muscle cars. In the Marines he got his first Harley, an 1983 FLH, and after leaving active duty in 1995 he moved back to Montana and started building bikes and hot rods on the side while working full time. In 2003, Trent quit his job and moved to New Mexico to start Atomic Custom.

Trent: "An Atomic bike never puts form over function. I build bikes to be ridden. No fads, no fat tires, no nonsense. If you like traditional motorcycles - something that won't be out of style next week, that isn't a dime a dozen - I would love to work for you."

Trent builds his bikes all by himself, and he takes tremendous pride in his work and his name.

And the beautiful thing is, while Trent builds bikes that are worthy of any show, collection, or even a museum of industrial art, Trent will do with his bikes what bikes are made for in the first place.   ... Read More ...

Kevin Verkest (Fabricator Kevin's)

Fabricator Kevin, a.k.a. 'Kevin Verkest' Mr. Kevin Verkest, better known as "Fab Kevin" is the owner/operator of Fabricator Kevin's in Clinton Township, Michigan, United States.

While Kevin builds beautiful Bobbers, his real specialism is in custom - made to order - steel parts for your bike build, such as seat kits, seat spring bungs, seat hinges, fender struts, point covers, tail lights and brackets, oiltanks, jockey shifters, forward control adapters, tank mounts, motor mounts, etc., etc., etc..

Fab Kevin's Computer Aided Design in combination with state-of-the-art CNC Plasma and Laser cutting techniques ensure very accurate parts and fabrications.

Kevin: "I stand behind everything I sell, and offer full replacement or refund on any item that doesn't live up to its claim, or to your expectations. I work hard to make sure the parts you get from me will do the job they are intended to do, without fail.".   ... Read More ...

(February 2010)

The Experts' Views on Bobbers and Choppers

On these pages we give you the personal opinions and views of motorcycle experts and Bobber artists.

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