I wanted to build a bobber with knobby tires so that I could ride it on or off road, or on the trails on my property.
I was inspired to build a bobber after seeing photos of other people’s builds on Pinterest and Facebook.
The original front end on the 2006 XL1200C had a narrow triple tree. I liked the way the front end on the sportster 48 looked with the wide front end and fat tires. So I removed the stock triple tree and replaced it with one from a 48, then bought the wheels and tires and installed them. I like the aggressive stance that the combination gives to the bike.
I am most proud of the fact that I had never built a motorcycle before in my life. After much research, YouTube and asking professionals advice, I was able to put it together. Also much patience and support from my wife, for listening and putting up with me through it all. This project started out as just a frame and engine, which I bought for $1000. Little by little, I bought parts as I could afford them, over the span of 18 months. I learned a lot of lessons along the way, some hard, some easy. I had to download a shop repair manual to figure out things like cam gear alignment, wiring diagrams, etc.
They love it. Everybody that has seen it, whether on social media or in person loves the color, but most of all, they all love the tires.