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Old 04-20-2012, 10:25 PM   #1
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Bluhduh Letting the bobbing begin...

I have been pondering what to do to my BM. I have tried to sell it. Didn't really try hard to do this.

I have decided at having a go at semi bobbing it. This will not be a quick flash in the pan project.

This is what I have done so far today.







This is what has inspired me. Mine will be matt black. I am thinking of smaller tank for mine like this one. I know bobbers are supposed to have no front guard. Mine will have a very small one. I have my eye on a solo saddle for it already.

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Old 04-21-2012, 07:23 AM   #2
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I would say : " Don't ruin your bike "..........but that's just me.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:53 AM   #3
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I'd say the same thing. Making a very competent and capable tool into a useless fashion accessory that hurts to ride any farther than the nearest bar is kinda dumb to me, but hey it's your bike. Do what you want with it.
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:06 AM   #4
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:57 PM   #5
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I'd say the same thing. Making a very competent and capable tool into a useless fashion accessory that hurts to ride any farther than the nearest bar is kinda dumb to me, but hey it's your bike. Do what you want with it.
My thing is that I dont ride my R/T much since I got my V-Strom.I was thinking of making a bike I'd ride more in the summer,since it HOT here in the summer.The only time I appreciate my R/T is late fall,early spring.I tried to sell it,but no takers.So for now,it sits.Do what makes you happy.
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:03 AM   #6
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argh now bolt the thing back together .have a lie down, get a life ,buy a sportster hope that works ....otherwise you my man IZZ farked c
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:23 AM   #7
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Playing around with cardboard to mock up a solo saddle. The shape is not finale. I will have a go at making my own out of tread plate and see what it looks like.





The RT handle bars are now off and set of rip-off Daytona wide lower bars are on.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:13 AM   #8
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I'd say the same thing. Making a very competent and capable tool into a useless fashion accessory that hurts to ride any farther than the nearest bar is kinda dumb to me, but hey it's your bike. Do what you want with it.
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:43 PM   #9
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Well, youre gonna do what youre gonna do so go ahead but my sentiments have been adequately covered by the previous posters.

Just make sure as you mock things up, that you'll actually be able to ride the bike and that you're OK with the fact that you're turning a functioning bike, into something of reduced ridability and of little value.

Oh well...
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:46 PM   #10
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I'd say the same thing. Making a very competent and capable tool into a useless fashion accessory that hurts to ride any farther than the nearest bar is kinda dumb to me, but hey it's your bike. Do what you want with it.
I agree, and I'll add my thought on the whole custom BMW thing since that stupid $19,000 "designer" BMW on ebay has me going....

The BMW boxer engine just doesn't work in a "bobber", more particularly, the later airhead engines. They just don't look right.

If you want to build a "bobber", go find an old BSA or Triumph.

Leave the bike alone, and ride it. That's what they're for.
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:19 AM   #11
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I would say : " Don't ruin your bike "..........but that's just me.

AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!! Buy parts if you want to piece together something odd, leave the restorables/riders for others...
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:39 AM   #12
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I'm with the others, that bike is too nice to fuck up. go buy a rusty heap to build a bobber. pu that RT back together and take it on a trip!
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:46 AM   #13
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Let's continue to let him have it : Don't. Do. It.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:30 AM   #14
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At the very least, you could get one of the aftermarket "S-model" fairings, some low handlebars and turn it into a back road scratcher.

That's way more suitable use for a BMW than building a "bob-job" out of it.

If you really want a nice bobber, look around for an old Triumph or BSA, they're out there, and in condition suitable as a starting point for a bobber (ie: missing sheet metal, trashed frame, etc.) they can be had for pretty cheap.

I can guarantee that everyone will have good things to say about it, vs a BMW bobber, which will really annoy about half the people who see it.
And the half that act as if they like it are just being polite.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:40 PM   #15
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Baaaaah

It's an RT one the least attractive airheads made.

Hack that thing up. Don't forget to put a strut in place of the rear suspension.
And forward controls can be rigged up over the tops of the cylinder heads.

Then you can get the seat really low.

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