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Old 10-19-2011, 08:23 PM   #1
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Need some body work

I want to chop the tail section off my old cruiser and make it into a custom bobber. Who can do it?
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:41 PM   #2
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This isn't what I thought I was gonna find.

Maybe some more description and pics would help. I have a sawzall and a welder but I'm not sure if i can do what your looking for.
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:11 PM   #3
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Pics of cruiser. Would need to see what we are working with.
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Pics of cruiser. Would need to see what we are working with.
Ah - I just realized that I never said what kind of bike it is. Oops.

1985 Nighthawk. I don't have pics of mine, but here is one from the internet -

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Old 10-21-2011, 07:46 AM   #6
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:13 AM   #7
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a nighthawk is a pretty good candidate for a project like this - simple design - air cooled - cheap.

looks like the one in your picture has hardtail struts on it in place of shocks - cheaper than fabbing a true hardtail - i would have gone with shorter ones to drop the back end of the bike more.

pull off that back section of plastic and the seat and you'll see how much of the subframe you can cut away - going with a bobber look you can probably cut it right up to the shock mounts. at that point i would trim down the front fender and use it as a back fender and run without a front.

you'll need a new seat - there are thousands of different options - if you're gonna hardtail like that i would suggest at least a spring style seat - save your back a little. Biltwell makes the best but again there are tons.

do all that and you basically have a bobber. everything else is just cosmetics. you can start painting, changing handlebars, new tank, springer front end, etc. etc. etc. there's literally no limit to what you can do.

60s and 70s chopper/bobbers are very much in fashion right now and something like a nighthawk is very authentic. look at magazines like the horse backstreet choppers and hot bike for ideas. they feature a lot of yamaha and honda customs, not just harleys. because in the late 60s and early 70s most people who were chopping their bikes wanted harleys but they could afford hondas so thats what they chopped.

I'm starting an 82 suzuki gs300l chopper project now. Pm me any time. I'd be glad to bounce ideas back and forth with you. Nightster Ridester did a fantastic job bobbing his nightster. He'd be a good one to talk to also.

Good luck! and don't give up on it!
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:01 AM   #8
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I have been building one for a while..its a slow project... how extreme are you wanting to go? just shorten the tail, move the lights in and remove the springs and make it a hard tail? lower at all? and what time frame are you looking at to get it all done?

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