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Honda Rebel to a Bobber?

Asked by Zaxwar91 (222 points ) April 2nd, 2012

I just a bought a new Honda Rebel 250cc. It’s a small bike but I love it. I probably wont upgrade for a while so I wanna make it as amazing as it can be. In all seriousness I want to make it a bobber. Bobbed tail, skeletal look; something straight out of a James Dean movie. But im not sure which parts and things to toss off or not. If anyone has any good references or links they would be much appreciated. How would you make a Honda Rebel a bobber?

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woodcutter's avatar

It’s your bike do what ever you like but those are really low end machines that might not have much resale value anyway and all the money in the world you put into it will be lost. Not to mention any warrantee issues you might create. Seems to me you will be douching up a pretty nice commuter bike that is already cool looking.

wundayatta's avatar

American Motorcycle produces a bobber style and you can see pictures and specs here. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobber_(motorcycle)#History), 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.”

This article about chopping a Rebel might be of interest. But it looks to me like at a minimum, you take off the front wheel fender and then find a shortened back wheel fender. You’ll get a Rebel like this. It looks like you take off all the mirrors and crap on the handlebars. You need to find a shortened seat. You take off anything cosmetic or frilly, so you can get to that stripped down look. Obviously, you can not take off anything necessary for function or legally mandated safety features. Unless you don’t plan to run it on the road.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Or you make one of these, a MotoPicker and they are making a few of these.

mrrich724's avatar

The point of a bobber is to take off as much of it as possible.

So just take off anything that isn’t required for safety (like don’t take off the brakes, as an obvious example) and you should be GTG.

Anything plastic can either be unbolted and/or shaved off… look at the Harley Nightster for some inspiration. The Nightster’s design was inspired by the bobbers of back when. Notice the fairings (SP?) are shaved down, and there isn’t much on it that doesn’t need to be.

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