A Bobber Story
Credits to Son @lnspltblvd.com & #SANJOSEBOBBERS for photos.
What is a Bobber? A bobber is a fully customized motorcycle where the front and rear fenders are usually removed. These bikes are “chopped” down to its simplest form where all unnecessary parts are removed to reduce weight. This also gives the bike a very aggressive and rugged look. What makes these bikes so unique and popular today? The fun part is the customization. Mike, long time HIDextra customer, would like to share his bike modifications experience with us. He started with the original stock 1999 Honda Shadow 600 VLX for his project. He’ll guide you through the mechanical process of his bike as well as a quick HID video installation guide. You’ll see just how easy you can get HIDs on your motorcycle.
Mike’s Honda Shadow 600 VLX Bobber Project:
- Removed all panels, fenders, stock air box, turn signals to strip the bike down.
- Cut off the passenger seat and removed the stock soft tail strut.
- Hard tail built for an aggressive look and keeps the bike low to the floor.
- Lowered the front end 4 inches.
- Welded on the new hard tail to the existing frame and mounted seat and seat studs.
- Made a fake oil tank under the seat to hide all wirings.
- To obtain that low, sleek and aggressive look, the stock handlebars were replaced with clip-ons from RSD: rolandsands.com.
- Modified exhaust system with “U-bends tubing”. Welded everything together and wrapped with heat wraps
- Replaced the lighting system to HIDs.
The last and most critical step of this customization was adding HIDs for better visibility and safety. These old bikes have halogen headlamps and are dim when on. Mike knew that HIDs will help him see clearer at night and would make him more noticeable to other drivers. Mike says:
These HIDs definitely make my bike stand out even more and it was the aggressive look I was looking for. These lights are attention-getters.
WE LOVE OUR CUSTOMERS:
Our customers, #SanJoseBobbers are based out of the bay area and can be followed at http://lnspltblvd.com/ for their whereabouts. One of the biggest events for them was Born Free 5 on June 29th, 2013 in Silverado (CA). This is a Vintage Chopper and Classic Motorcycle Show for individuals with a passion for motorcycles. http://bornfreeshow.blogspot.com/
BORN FREE 5
San Jose Local Event: “Cars and Boba” on August 10th, 2013
Thanks again to Mike, Son, Young and #SANJOSEBOBBERS for sending in their HID installation video/photos and sharing their love for bobbers with the rest of us!
Honda Motorcycle Bulb Types:
The 1999 Shadow VLX is not your bike and you’re looking for your Honda HID bulb type? Take a look at the chart below. For any inquiries on HID kits please call us at (1-860-821-8212) so we can assist you with your HIDextra conversion kit.
Honda - Motorcycles
|MODEL||YEAR||LOW BEAM||HIGH BEAM (OR DUAL)|
|599 - CB600||01-09||H11||H11|
|919 - CB900||02-09||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|CBR125R||2011||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|CBR250R||2011||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|CB1000R||2011||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|CBR600||91-00||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|GL1500 - Valkryrie||01-03||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|GL1800 - Goldwing||01-09||H7||H7|
|Intercepter - ABS||02-10||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|Nighthawk - CB250||01-07||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|Nighthawk - CB750||91-05||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|PC800||94-98||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|Rebel||04-10||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|Shadow Aero||04-10||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|Shadow Sabre||04-09||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|Shadow Spirit||98-10||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|Shadow Spirit 750||98-09||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|Shadow VLX||04-09||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|Shadow VLX Deluxe||04-09||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|Shadow line||2010||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|ST1300||03-09||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|Super Hawk||97-05||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|VF750||94-03||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|VT600||91-04||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|VTX1300 (All)||04-06||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|VTX1800||02-09||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|XR250L||91-96||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|XR650L||93-98||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|XR650L||01-07||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|Fury||2010||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|
|Stateline VT1300 CR||10-11||H4 Hi/Lo or H4 Bi-Xenon|