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Old 09-29-2009, 08:29 AM   #1
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Default 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's style, Bobber/Chopper veterans look here!

Hello. As I am looking to build a Panhead, I would like to know what characteristics the various bike decades have?

When for example did those crazy raked bikes with long forks come, and was it after WW2 that the bobbers realy got going?

My aim is to build a '48 Panhead with stock frame, narrowed fat bob tank, small solo seat, 16" rear wheel, 21" front wheel. Maybe some flake paint job, but I am not sure. What would be the proper paint job for that sort of bike, and what year/decade would You call that sort of bike? I would like to keep it old school, so only drumbrakes. Can you still call it a Bobber if it doesn't have similar tires, and the tank is narrowed? I think the word "bobber" is used on a lot of bikes, that doesn't look at all like a bobber. I also read the bobber thread.

Is there a book that covers the different decades of bike building? I am thinking from like the 30's to the 70's?

I know this thread has a lot of questions, but I have also spend a lot of time reading the various thread on JJ. Please write your 2 cents of knowleadge!

Best regards, Markus.

Ps. sorry for the lousy english. Not my nr1. language.
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Old 09-29-2009, 08:35 AM   #2
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Default Re: 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's style, Bobber/Chopper veterans look here!

Markus, your English is a hell of a lot better than my Danish.

But the answers to all your questions are on this board. Search, search, search the deepest recesses of the oldest threads, and you will strike gold.
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Old 09-29-2009, 08:37 AM   #3
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Default Re: 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's style, Bobber/Chopper veterans look here!

best advice for period style is to pickup magazines from the era your shooting for. also, movies from that time are also very useful.
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Old 09-29-2009, 08:42 AM   #4
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What magazines are the best? You can't really buy good magazines here in Denmark. I was thinking about subscribing to Dice?

About movies, I only have Easy Rider so far. Is that "Hells Angels on wheels" with Jack N any good in bike terms? I have only seen some clips, and trails on youtube.

I search, and read on JJ almost every day, spending a lot of time reading old threads, and looking at pictures.
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Old 09-29-2009, 08:56 AM   #5
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yep, hells angels on wheels, hells angels 69, rebel rousers - there is a biker flick thread around here somewhere with a pretty extensive list. that is, of course, if the style youre looking for is late 60s/early 70s - those are good resources.

also for more 70s goodness... http://www.choppersaustralia.com/Cho...es/coppermine/

you can search the net for any magazines from the era youre after. there wasnt too much available as far as custom stuff from the mid 50s & back but i have some mags (mostly hot rod) from the late 50s through the 60s that have some legenday cars & bikes in them.
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Default Re: 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's style, Bobber/Chopper veterans look here!

Read Irish Rich's article in GK on choppers/bobbers.

I don't have the issue in front of me, but it was a few back.
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From my bookmarks-

http://home.kabelfoon.nl/~gnl/gallery2.html

http://nostalgiaonwheels.blogspot.co...1_archive.html

http://bornlosermc.blogspot.com/?zx=adb54990416dfc5b

http://churchofchoppers.blogspot.com...723be13796e1fb

http://sacredsteel.blogspot.com/?zx=3656347c91b4d301

http://www.paughco.com/2008-catalog/...20Paughco.html

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Default Re: 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's style, Bobber/Chopper veterans look here!

Rich also discussed a similar topic here:

http://www.jockeyjournal.com/forum/s...ght=hirschberg

Search, search, search!

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Read Irish Rich's article in GK on choppers/bobbers.

I don't have the issue in front of me, but it was a few back.
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Thanks for all the great posts!
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http://hoodlum.dk/b2evolution/blogs/index.php?cat=15



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Default Re: 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's style, Bobber/Chopper veterans look here!

If you're so confident in finding and buying a 48 panhead over there, then you're off to a good start already.
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The problem is not finding a bike. Those we got lots of, but alot of them are build with discbrake, billet wheels, and such stuff.
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