Sunday, March 7, 2010

JAMESVILLE '37 UL FLATHEAD BOBBER










STORY WRITTEN BY BIKE EXIF.

James Roper-Caldbeck doesn’t churn out bikes by the dozen. So when a new one rolls out of his Copenhagen, Denmark shop, it’s invariably worth a close look. And this lean green Harley-Davidson bobber is a curious mix of components that work well together. You’re looking at a 1937 flathead engine and gearbox, sitting in a panhead frame—hence the slight rake on the forks. The engine has way more pep than the original: it’s topped with later-era ironheads, and breathes through a Dell’Orto carb. The forks are from an obscure World War II XA (Experimental Army) shaft drive bike, and the tank is a 1947 item. A Bates seat adds to the authentic look, along with Stewart Warner gauges up front and a Sparto taillight out back. And repro Avon tires sitting on lovely 16″ rims. Unfortunately, the bike isn’t for sale: it was commissioned for a customer. But if you live in Europe and you’re looking for a beautifully crafted ‘Old School’ Harley bobber, give Customs From Jamesville a call.

10 comments:

  1. This is a true bobber as bobbed as you get if you think im wrong your prob a weekend riding chap wearing wannabee that bought your bike from a dealer and think a bobber is a bike with red rims and whitewall tires..Guess again

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  2. Cut at the hinge says trad bobber to me. Done. BTW - frickin hot bike! What was the price tage on this? This is pretty much my dream bike.

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  3. To me a bobber has had all the unnecessary bits taken off to lighten the load without modifying the frame. I'd say this bike is a bobber unless that neck was raked but it doesn't look like it. Once the frame has been altered then the bike has been chopped. So any stretch, rake or addition of a hardtail to what would normally be a rear suspension bike goes beyond bobbed and enters the realm of chopper 'cause it's been "chopped."

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  4. Thanks for your comments.

    Justin you will love this! had this comment from one guy 'While it may be true to the original concept of a bobber, the rear fender looks incomplete and uncrafted'.

    Michael, total just over 20k.

    Tony, no chopping here.

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  5. Sick, dude...trade ya my '09 Softail for it...

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  6. ok what is going on? i have had over 600 people visit my blog over the last two days (usually its around 60). you are all from facebook, where are you coming from?

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  7. "Michael, total just over 20k."

    Dollars?, Euros?

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  8. Featured on: http://customizadas.net/harley-1937-old-school-bobber-por-jamesville/ Un abrazo Amigo!

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