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post #11 of 53 Old 05-16-2017, 09:31 AM
 
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By calling it "chobber" is this to assume it will be some amalgam of bobber and chopper? If so what kind of frame geometry changes are you looking to do?

I've ridden bikes with sprung seats and rear shocks before --- not a Rebel, mind you...but other bikes --- and have to say it's an interesting experience. They're much more boingier than normal.

"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However; they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber.
Those are STEPS toward customizing, not customizing unto itself.
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I would consider my 2013 Rebel to be a mild custom. I added a set of BCB Drag Bars, Kinetic Grips /w Throttle Boss, Billet Oval Mirrors, Harley Inspection Plate, Gold Plug Magnetic Dipstick, Stem Nut Clock and a Stash Box mounted behind the license plate.


I assume some people would question what I did to a "beautiful Rebel" as well.. I can only say that beauty is in in the eye of the beholder. If the bike looks and feels good to you, then roll with it. When it comes to resale, custom can either help or hurt the pricing of the bike. At the very least, Enjoy the ride!
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First pictures of stage 1 in my modifications from Reben to Chobber.

Hey 76paw, I am not seeking your approval at all. Just getting opinion for modifying an already plain bike and make it to my taste. I was getting opinions of members who have modify theirs. Shadow shack, by saying "chobber" if you read my first post, you will see I had no intentions to make frame geometry. It is a play on words so your odvious knowledge of building choppers isn't needed. So other modifiers please chime in. I will have some picture updates tomorrow. I got the saddle bags on eBay.
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First pictures of stage 1 in my modifications from Reben to Chobber.

I think I am going to dip the springs in black.
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I had no intentions to make frame geometry.
My bad, the docs took me off caffeine and it was early when I posted that. Aging really is mandatory...fortunately maturing is not.

"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However; they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber.
Those are STEPS toward customizing, not customizing unto itself.
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Jason, I didn't think you really wanted my thoughts or ideas. It is obvious that you only want to hear from those who agree with your dismantling project. You obviously want their approval, but only the ideas that agree with yours.

Your bike, your choices, and you are entitled to them, just don't act like you are open minded to other ideas or opinions. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but it is how you come across to me.

Shadow and I both love modified bikes that are well done. We both own and have owned several, and appreciated good work in many forms. What we don't like is an unsafe hack job. Hopefully yours will turn into the former, but at present it looks like you are striving to rapidly create the latter. I hope that I am dead wrong, and you build a beautiful, safe bike that is a work of art.

Enjoy your bike, and your mods. Only you can determine if they make you happy, short or long term.

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Joey, you are right that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that the value of a customized bike can be all over the place. We all have different tastes,and are willing to pay for different things. There are obviously many custom bike builders out there who make money modifying bikes. However, there are many, many, many more bikes that are modified by their owners, which not only are worth less than the owner paid for the bike and modifications, but also less than the original, often much less.

My experience is that the only bikes that I ever sold for more than I paid, were those that I bought at significantly below market prices due to owner abuse, lack of maintenance, or poorly done or unsafe modifications. I made them run reliably without spending a lot of money on parts, except to make them safe, and occasionally more stock if they had been hacked up too much. None of them were considered exceptional by anyone, but I sold them for more than I paid for them plus parts and some labor. Not sure that I ever made a profit if all my labor was included.

On the other hand, every bike that I ever bought in good shap, and modified to my tastes for my personal use have gotten lots of positive comments by other bikers. When I got tired of them and wanted something else, every one of those bikes sold for less than I paid for it. All of the add ons and modifications, while they looked nice to me and others, did not offset the mileage depreciation. They cost me lots of money, often in the thousands since Harley chrome is expensive, but returned almost nothing.

This is not meant to discourage you or anyone else from modifying your bike, but just to put it into perspective if you ever plan to sell it.

BTW, I like your bike and the mods you made to it. They all look useful to make the bike perform ,or fit you better, or make it more visually appealing to you. I don't see anything unsafe or impractical, and the fit and finish looks good. Overall good looking bike, but that is JMO.

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your odvious knowledge of building choppers isn't needed. So other modifiers please chime in.
Well I know a thing or two about bobbing as well. Should I chime in?

"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However; they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber.
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I actually think the stacked springs look has visual appeal.
my only thought is what to do about mud/wet with no rear fender?

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Well I know a thing or two about bobbing as well. Should I chime in?
You are showing an amazing level of self-constraint.
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