The Harley-Davidson Street Bob shown here was converted by Rick’s Motorcycles into a stylish Bobber. We say it in advance, it is not blank metal, but a complex matt paint job made to look like blank metal on which time has already left its signs.
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The Milwaukee-Eight Street Bob models are already as stock bikes trimmed to look like Bobbers, which makes this model almost predestined for a makeover. But even coming close, it is not a proper interpretation, because the Bobber style is distinguished by a solo seat and a swingarm-mounted fender, two characteristics that the stock model doesn’t have. Rick’s Motorcycles makes swingarm-mounted fenders for almost all Harley-Davidson models. Not that the aftermarket does not offer enough choice, but Rick’s fender is distinguished by one characteristic, which isn’t even visible. While other fenders cannot be mounted without welding and flex work, the fenders from Baden-Baden use existing attachment points, so the swingarm has neither to be detached nor coated again. This construction alone should reduce costs.
Since we converted the rear, we didn’t want to clutter it straight away again with a license plate and lights. Rick’s has suitable side license plate holders for every model in its program, one of which was also used here.
The indicators are especially tricky. With the ‘Atto’, lights specialist Kellermann makes the probably smallest street legal LED indicator. The 3 into 1 indicator, with integrated brake and rear light, was simply screwed into the holes in the struts. At the front end the task is harder, but with Rick’s indicator holders, which were specially made for the ‘Atto’, these can be fixed below the handlebar to the mirror screw.
The rest of the accessories used here are mainly from Rick’s portfolio, for example the front fender, the footrests and the air filter.
It would have been possible to use more of Rick’s parts, but that would have driven the conversion costs up, and it doesn’t always have to be the ‘full Monty’, especially not where a Bobber is concerned.
Text & photos: Peter Schulz