Mmmm, bit like asking 'what's a chopper?' or 'what's a bobber?' (no, don't go there.... :shakeCan anybody clarify the term Swedish style? does it just mean the long front forks or is there more to it than that?
Oh heck....... :roll:odgie was is a bobber
seriously,been drivin bikes,chops even a trike(yuk) for 30 years and the "bobber"thing is new to me
think it's another trendy name for a chopped bike painted satin black
anyway,i prefair goin round bends at speed so how about doin some streetfighters next week:tup:
always wondered how cutting something down got termed bobbed in the first place? always believed they first came about after ww2 when returning GIs brought up ex army WLAs and and striped all the crap off and cut down (bobbed) the mudguards in a quest for more speed, good examples can beOh heck....... :roll:
Bobbers have kinda come back into fashion, but they were really the first 'custom' bikes. The Yanks stripped all the junk off the lardy H-Ds to try and keep up with the lightweight Limey bikes. They cut down or 'bobbed' the mudguards (fenders to them), to make a 'bob-job', and the bobber was born. Nowadays I guess it's a custom bike with fairly stock proportions - rigid frame, standard or even shortened forks, generally built from bits and pieces rather than aftermarket parts, and not particularly shiny. Stick a skinny front tyre, some white grips, and a bit of flake on it, and you got the next incarnation, the Sixties West Coast look. Wack on some longer forks, and hey, then you got a chopper. But then, what do I know......?
Not really a streetfighter man at all (apart from when the term was first invented in the early 80s, and it meant a rigid lowrider with a nose cone fairing - I think Irish Stewart built the very first one, or certainly one of the first), so apologies if I swerve that one, sorry...
Yeh, that's the explanation I've always heard as well, so I guess it is closest to the truth. Dunno how they invent these phrases, but then Yanks have an urge to use oddball terminology - I think I'm right in saying hotrods were also originally called 'hop-ups' and 'soup-jobs'...?always wondered how cutting something down got termed bobbed in the first place? always believed they first came about after ww2 when returning GIs brought up ex army WLAs and and striped all the crap off and cut down (bobbed) the mudguards in a quest for more speed, good examples can be
seen in any original pics from holister. but i bet theres a 101 stories about how some of these things started.