The fundamental question is: what is a custom bike? Here you will find the answer for this question, and couple more.
The sense of freedom, flexibility, and individuality – there are some factors which lead people to be in love with custom bikes, and motor bikes in general. However, we would like to focus on the history of custom bikes and its types.
Let’s start with the name ‘custom bike’. Word ‘custom’ perfectly fits to the way these bikes are being made. Custom bikes are about changing the design or structure of a bike, in order to make it differs from a standard bike. It should be unique and produced in limited quantities. The origins of custom bikes date back to 1950’s. Then Arlen Ness and Ben Hardy created fist custom bike, called chopper. Later on choppers became more popular and custom bikes built by Orange County Choppers, Harley-Davidson, or Roger Goldammer appeared.
There are a few types of customization, but we would like to cover four of them: Café racer, Scrambler, Bobber, and Brat style. However, definition of all of these types is quite difficult to provide.
The name ‘café racer’ came from the United Kingdom. In 1960’s the group called ‘The Rockers’ wanted to break the barrier 100 miles per hour. They raced from one café to the other through the city. Those who won could hang out in the café they were racing to, until somebody else challenged them for another race. Let’s move to the features of café racers.
Café racers are lightweight and lightly powered motorbikes. They are customized for better performance and high speed rather than for comfort during ride. They were good only for short distances. They used to be minimalistic in terms of visual appearance. However, it has changed through years. Right now, there is a focus on style rather than on improvement of performance. The more innovative and original, the better.
The name has its roots in the custom bike shop in Tokyo, run by Go Takamine, called ‘Brat style’. There were doing some experiments with bikes and they created a custom bike and called it ‘Brat style’. This name spread all over the world and was a huge achievement of Japanese shop.
We can distinguish some main features of Brat style. It has a spring rear. In the most cases there are flat and solo seats. It has a lowered stance, where some equipment, such as fenders boobed, chrome or fairings, has been removed.
The origin of the name ‘Scrambler’ is connected with the races from point A to point B on difficult terrain in the possible shortest time in late 1920’s in England.
The most characteristic feature of Scrambler is the transformation of a road bike into an all-terrain ride. It is important that scrambler can go everywhere, climb the hill or go through holey road. Scrumbler should be light, have small tank and be simple designed. The idea is quite simple, you can go with Scrambler everywhere.
The Bobbers started to be produced after WWII. ‘Bobber’is basically a stock bike without big changes, except the fact that non-essential body parts, which don’t influence the speed or performance, have been removed or ‘boobed’ (shortened). In Bobber you can’t find any chrome, and fenders and rigid tails have been chopped.
Generally, you will not find any unnecessary part in bobber, and what is also important, the process of making bobber is rather cheap, because of the use of second-hand and recycled parts.
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