Todd Apple on Bobbers and Choppers
A Talk with the Experts...
BobberRepublic.com 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.
On this page we got Mr. Todd Apple who - together with 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.
And here's another example:
1999 Harley Evo Hardtail Low Rider Short Chop by Bent Brothers
Todd on Bobbers
What makes a Bobber a Bobber?
Todd: "To keep it real simple, the original "Bobber" was created when a basic shop bike, was stripped to it's simplest form ... meaning a stock bike was taken and all parts but the bare, bare minimum was taken off the bike. The bike then was a "Bobber" because it ran, but was completely minimal, minimal to the extreme ... there is air and space between the the tank and frame, lacking fenders, ferring, etc. ...
To an extent, "Bobber" is a classification for a bike regardless of its properties, there is no specific "specs" that make a bobber a bobber... it is a term to describe many types and styles of bikes that sort of lack a specific style or type ... it is a term that has been around for awhile.
Originally a bobber would have been thought of as an inexpensive, "poor man's" bike, no extras on it to bump up the cost.
Hope that helps - think simple, no extras, no chrome, and as little parts as possible."
Todd on Choppers
What makes a Chopper a Chopper?
Todd: "Choppers....when you cut it up, modify the frame, change the fork angle ... longer forks ... definitely not the same shape as a bobber ..."
Check Out Todd Apple:
"We call 'm what we call 'm so we can communicate it, sorry but it's not a definite science!" - Todd Apple
For more information on Bent Brothers Bikes you are always welcome to call Todd at (208) 685-0185 or email:" propowerperformance at hotmail dot com "
1649 Amber Street
Boise, ID 83706-1107,
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